The Magic of Time Burton (Style Analysis)

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  • 1. The Movie H und Tim Burton Special “One person’s crazyness is another person’s reality.” - Tim Burton
  • 2. CONTENTS 2-3 Signs of a Tim Burton movie 1
  • 3. Signsyou’rewatchinga TimBurtonMovie Article written by Ashley Krause May 1, 2014 The Movie H und Alice from Alice in Wonderland courtesy of parentpreviews.com Sparky from Frankenweenie courtesy of comicbook.com Jack Skellington from Nightmare Before Christmas courtesy of Kingdom Hearts wikia Welcome boys and girls of all ages to the wonderful, yet dark, mind of the one and only Tim Burton. His mind, more importantly the movies and characters that have come from it, are famous for it’s creepy and dark nature. Burton fueled by his originality and dark demeanour have created some pretty amazing movies. In fact, his movies have prompted a new genre to be created called Burtonesque, which is any person/place/thing that resembles the style his films use. Please join me as I go deeper into his mind and tell you what you are most likely to see in a Burton movie. Flashbacks These flashbacks are an occurring event in Burton movies and are used to help explain a character’s past. For instance, in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he uses this technique to help explain Willy Wonka’s troubled past with his father and how he came to be a chocolatier. Same Cast Mr. Burton is also quite the fan of using the same actors over and over again. This can be seen in almost every single movie with Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter. These two can often be seen as the love interest of one another like in Corpse Bride, Sweeney Todd, and Dark Shadows. No one knows the truth as to why he likes to cast the same actors but most people can agree that it’s either due to friendship or great charisma on the actors’ part. Creepiness Almost anyone who has seen a movie of Burton’s will definitely agree that they are creepy. Take his film Edward Scissorhands for instance, the main character has scissors for hands and the dark castle on top of the hill just scream creepy. Or what about his versions of the Batman mov- ies? Those most definitely have a creep factor to them. I mean have you seen Penguin in Batman Returns? What a total downright creepy character! Who would ever think of something like this except for the master of it all Mr. Burton himself. Dark and Bright Colors Darkness and bold shadows are another specialty found in almost all of his movies. Used to create a suspenseful, dark, or dreary mood he skillfully uses this to his advan- tage. Seen quite often in many of his movies like 9, Night- mare Before Christmas, and Dark Shadows. On the other hand he is also quite the fan of using bright colors in his movies like Alice in Wonderland and Corpse Bride. In fact, in Corpse Bride he actually uses dark colors to represent the land of the living and bright, cheery colors to represent the land of the dead. By doing this he shows how dreary and boring the living can be and then how much fun the dead are. Gothic Architecture The architecture in most of his films can be deemed as gothic as well as the tone of the whole movie. Gothic in 2
  • 4. Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, and Tim Burton out together courtesy of aforanything.com Emily from Corpse Bride courtesy of littlegothichorrors.blogspot.com nature, his films show the dark side of life without holding anything back. The buildings in many films, like Sweeny Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Edward Scissorhands, are in a style seen back in the seventeenth-eighteenth century. Characterised by it’s pointed arches, large win- dows, towers, spires, and pinnacles this gothic style has influenced many of Burton’s movies. Deep Hidden Meanings Burton’s movies are also very deep and usually have a meaning hidden amongst the complexi- ty of the plot. In Edward Scissorhands it could be interpreted as Edward (the main character) having a disability (his scissor hands) and how he overcomes this disability and is a part of the community at first (cutting hair and bushes). There are quite a few deep meanings in his claymation film Corpse Bride, for example there is the color difference between life (dull grey tones) and death (bright cheery colors) showing that people have more fun when they’re dead and don’t have to care about anything. Also in that movie there is a butterfly that can be seen throughout the film, the same butterfly that Emily turns into. Butterflies can mean a number of things like rebirth or love or transition but in this movie it means that Emily is finally free. That she let go of the pain she held and transformed into something beautiful and free. Mystery in Shadows There is definitely a mystery effect to quite a lot of his films. He uses harsh lighting to create bold shadows in order to create a feeling of suspense. This feeling make the view- er wonder what will happen next, hence creating mystery. This can be seen in pretty much every single one of his movies. Twisted Humor This is another thing Mr. Burton is quite the fan of and uses it in quite a few of his movies. In his film Beetlejuice, he changed the face of horror comedy. His “cheap” effects made the twisted world of Beetlejuice something to laugh at instead of focusing on how strange of an idea it truly is. The Outcast Another favorite of Mr. Burton that can be seen quite often in his movies. The skittish outcast that is either the main character or sidekick to the main character. I mean just take a look at Edward from Edward Scissorhands, Willy Wonka from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Barnabas Collins from Dark Shadows, and many, many more. They are all skittish outcasts that are fan favorites. They tend to keep to themselves, do not know how to socialize, or just seem downright strange. Monsters Things that go bump in the night. Creepy crawlers, skel- etons, ghosts, you name it and you’ve got it. Mr. Burton is notorious for his monsters of the night such as Oogie Boogie from The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Head- less Horseman from Sleepy Hollow, the Jabberwocky from Alice in Wonderland, and the Sand Worm from Beetlejuice. Mr. Burton does love his monsters and you can bet you will see them in his movies. 3