The trailer for ‘Frankenweenie’ debuted before ‘The Avengers.’ It is a full-length stop motion version of a live-action short Tim Burton made while still working at Disney. 28 years later he returns to expand on the story and is credited in the trailer as-
The Director of ‘Alice In Wonderland’
When you tell people that Tim Burton directed Pee-wee’s Big Adventure there is usually look of surprise on their face. When they think about it though his strange eye for design can be seen. For most they know him first from the fantastic Beetlejuice. After that followed the incredibly successful Batman films, the iconic Edward Scissorhands, and the critically praised Ed Wood.
‘Alice in Wonderland’ made over a billion dollars worldwide. It’s the 10th highest grossing film all time. This will be Tim Burton’s Hollywood legacy. He’s become a caricature of himself.
He is the Lady Gaga of film directors.
Over the past decade his films have stopped being original. Every one of them nothing anyone else hasn’t already done but just looking weird.
He’s a Zooey Deschanel.
He’s become quirky for quirky’s sake. Taking a formula that worked once upon a time and applying it to everything that’s thrown at him.
He’s like if Wes Anderson was to direct ‘Catcher in the Rye’ in a cheapened version of his trademark style. It doesn’t work.
How did we get here?