There are some directors and artists whose style is so distinct that it becomes a part of who they are and how we the public see them. One such person is Tim Burton, the eclectic and beautifully strange mind behind films like Edward Scissorhands, Nightmare Before Christmas, and Beetlejuice. Many directors will work their entire career to have a style all their own that people will immediately recognize and Burton has just that.
His off key and unusual outlook have shaped his work and the lives of his fans. He makes films that celebrate the weirdos in all of us. His dark and twisted plots are met with sadly sweet characters that make your heart melt.
Some of my favorite films of his are those made in stop motion using small clay figures. The characters are on the outside scary and strange but to their core they are as human as you and I. In his newest film, ‘Frankenweenie’ Burton once again uses his offbeat figures in a tale about a boy who loses his dog and brings him back to life a la Frankenstein.
Frankenweenie has been in the making since 1984 when Burton in his early career made a short film by the same name. Now a full length movie, Frankenweenie reunites Burton and Winona Ryder, one of his go to actors along with Catherine O’Hara and Martin Short. The film also has an amazing soundtrack that features a beautiful love song by Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Frankenweenie will awaken in theaters on October 5th so be ready for a back to life experience.