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It's A Tim Burton World
A Candid Look At His Works
I recently watched the film Alice In Wonderland. I must say, I was pleasantly surprised, and really enjoyed it. Most of the time when I am watching a movie, I find myself critiquing it without mercy, whether they are following the book or not. I find it quite irritating when a movie doesn't. However, I am forgiving in some cases. I am forgiving with movies by Tim Burton.
My favorite comparison is Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory. I remember as a child watching this in the theater. I was enjoying it, until the oompa-loompas appeared. They scared me to death. Who in their right mind, would put a scary little orange man wearing riding pants....singing to boot, in a children's movie? The horror! I found myself closing my eyes in terror every time the songs embarked, and really wishing the movie would end.
As I grew older, I realized the movie did remain true to the book, but still something from the original movie was missing, and they had unrealistic little orange men who sang. I let my children watch it growing up as well. Then came along Tim Burton's remake of it. I read the reviews, which were mixed, but I went out and bought the DVD in hopes it didn't have those little oompa-loompa monsters. It didn't. It did however, remain basically to the story, but with some pretty witty twists. If one was paying attention, the entire point of the movie was that "Family is important." Not the oompa-loompas, not the actions of the spoiled rotten children, not the weirdness of the Wonka. No, family was important. I liked that. Not to mention, the oompa-loompas looked like normal people, and their songs were entertaining, not the same tune with different words each time, hammered at you like a parent correcting their child.
Alice in Wonderland was just as entertaining. It is no wonder Johnny Depp loves to work with Tim Burton. There always seems to be a family value moral behind his works. With Alice, it was the value of friendship, loyalty, and above all, do what makes you happy, not what others seem to always want you to do.
He has done other works, that are equally entertaining. Sometimes the graphics might overload your senses, but overall, the movies are very good. Not one has been ranked as "I hated that movie mom", by my best critics, my kids. They have loved everything such as: A Nightmare Before Christmas, The Corpse Bride, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Alice in Wonderland, the list goes on. I enjoy his non-animated works as well. Sleepy Hollow was a hoot to watch.
His twisted look at the world is very interesting and sometimes down right funny. The graphics are sometimes bordering the bizarre, but the imagination is wonderfully creative. One can't help but admire the creativity. I thank him for the entertainment. It's nice to see a movie where the imagination is put to a creative purpose, and a basic human value is expressed. Things in the movies such as characters, and scenery might be bizarre, but they have yet to scare me or my children. Not once have I closed my eyes and wished the movie was over.
For your enjoyment here is a listing of some of his works:
SWEENEY TODD (2007)
CORPSE BRIDE (2005)
CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (2005)
BIG FISH (2003)
PLANET OF THE APES (2001)
SLEEPY HOLLOW (1999)
MARS ATTACKS! (1996)
ED WOOD (1994)
THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS (1993)
BATMAN RETURNS (1992)
EDWARD SCISSORHANDS (1990)
PEE-WEE's BIG ADVENTURE (1985)
He also Produced these works:
For more information about him you can read about him at this link:
He truly makes some very entertaining movies, and deserves some praise for his contribution to the entertainment community. It all started with James and the Giant Peach for my family. We've enjoyed his work ever since.