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Tim Burton's rarely seen 1982 version of 'Hansel and Gretel'

Hansel and Gretel is a 34 minute television special directed by Tim Burton for The Disney Channel in 1982. Brimming with practical effects and long thought to be lost, the film has recently resurfaced via a recording made from its single broadcast at 10:30 p.m. on October 31, 1983. [more inside]
posted by item on Jun 17, 2014 - 15 comments

Tim Burton's Batman, the opposite of Pee-wee's Big Adventure

This year marks the 25th anniversary of 1989 Batman movie, which is remembered for everything from the logo "that helped set the course for superhero movies" to the ways the movie was true to the comics, or was really a "noir" update to the 1960s Adam West Batman. While preparing yourself for what may come in the lead-up to the June 23 anniversary date, enjoy Batman: The Making of a Hero documentary, a rare 25 minutes behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, from the folks at 1989 Batman, a fansite dedicated to the movie, and its sequel, Batman Returns. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Feb 19, 2014 - 48 comments

Saruman reads Burton

Christopher Lee reads the original poem The Nightmare Before Christmas [11m], Tim Burton's storybook which inspired the Henry Selick's stop-motion film. [more inside]
posted by hippybear on Nov 29, 2012 - 18 comments

A tough-love scroll through one of modern moviemaking's most depressing IMDb pages.

"At this point his collaboration with Burton post–Ed Wood is such a study in diminishing returns that the only logical next step for them is a 3-D adaptation of Zeno's paradox with Depp as the voice of the arrow." Tim Burton: How Did It All Go Wrong So Fast?
posted by davidjmcgee on Oct 5, 2012 - 163 comments

The Bug Trainer

The best stop motion film ever? Or do you prefer The Night[mare] before Christmas?

Wladyslaw Starewicz' childhood passion for entomology led his career: he began producing short documentaries in Moscow around 1909-1910, beginning with a documentary about insects in Lithuania. In his spare time, he experimented with stop-action films using beetles, which he articulated by wiring the legs to the thorax with sealing wax! This, of course, led to his big breakthrough, released by the Van Kanjonkov Studio of Moscow: "The Battle of the Stag Beetles", the first puppet-animated film. [more inside]
posted by infinite intimation on Dec 30, 2011 - 16 comments

He didn't fit in when he went to Sunday School.

Timothy Gray wants to be just like Tim Burton when he grows up.
posted by gman on Sep 12, 2010 - 47 comments

What I Really Want Is To Direct

The films of Joel and Ethan Coen. The films of Tim Burton. The films of Stanley Kubrick.
posted by optovox on Jun 17, 2008 - 63 comments

Shane Acker's "9" Gets Big-Screen Treatment, Dialogue

In 2005, Shane Acker released his student film, the atmospheric, masterfully animated "9" [10 min video], to critical acclaim. In 2006, the film toured with The Animation Show. Now, Tim Burton, Timur Bekmambetov and a couple other familiar folks will be helping Acker bring a feature-length adaptation to theaters later this year. [more inside]
posted by churl on Mar 11, 2008 - 16 comments

A Little Halloween Treat

Vincent (youtube) [more inside]
posted by HuronBob on Oct 21, 2007 - 17 comments

Stephane Halleux - Jules Verne meets Tim Burton

Stephane Halleux is a French sculpture artist whose work feels like Jules Verne as realized by Tim Burton; the sculptures all share cartoonish steampunk vibe that's really appealing. Sadly, the site is 100% Flash, so no linking to specific favorites, but at the very least the navigation remains fairly straightforward.
posted by jonson on May 5, 2007 - 14 comments

"One man, all Loompas: it takes some getting used to."

"For every Deep Roy, there are a hundred and fifty of us who are forced to do wacked-out shit on 'The Man Show.' I'd like Tim Burton to tell me to my face what is the benefit of hiring one dwarf actor and computer-generating him when he could hire seven. We're standing at the gate and we're raising our hands and saying, 'Pick me!' And then Tim Burton comes out and says, 'I'm sorry, guys, go on home. We've got this machine that can do all your jobs.'"
posted by JPowers on Jul 27, 2005 - 43 comments

An Open Letter To Tim Burton

“This is not a costumed event.” A writer for Twitch Films was invited to attend a marketing preview of Tim Burton's new film 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory', but was turned away because the friends he had with him were goths. Don't they know Mr Burton's audience? It's all very ironic considering how Johnny Depp looks in the film.
posted by feelinglistless on May 17, 2005 - 140 comments

McG to direct first Superman movie in 15 years.

McG to direct first Superman movie in 15 years. The now-discarded Tim Burton/Kevin Smith collaboration made more sense to me...seems that a less confident, more troubled Kal-el, living in a darker world, would take off the campy edge Superman stories often have, and draw modern audiences (especially today's teens). But surely McG (Charlie's Angels) and writer J.J. Abrams (Alias and Felicity) will bring us a smugly self-actualized Superman in a postmodern world full of kaleidoscopic action scenes. And that will never work as anything more than eye candy...will it?
posted by bingo on Feb 17, 2002 - 45 comments

Marketing the KKK?

Marketing the KKK? Is Tim Burton a racist or has his directing skills gotten so bad that movie critics are having to repent for previous words of kindness?
posted by kant breathe on Sep 6, 2001 - 24 comments

Tim Burton's "Stainboy"

Tim Burton's "Stainboy" "He can't fly around tall buildings, or outrun a speeding train, the only talent he seems to have is to leave a nasty stain."
posted by honkzilla on Sep 28, 2000 - 6 comments

Tim Burton rules...

Tim Burton rules... Tim Burton's latest directing gig is for Timex, and I'm thrilled to see that his dark mind isn't stifled in 30 seconds. The commercial is just as edgy and tasty as you'd expect.
posted by schmarley on May 26, 2000 - 8 comments

Tim Burton to remake Planet of the Apes. How bizarre and cool.
posted by veruca on Mar 23, 2000 - 0 comments

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