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Is this the same Tim Burton we once knew?

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Aaron Martinez

Aaron Martinez

Rick Loza

Rick Loza, Staff Writer

Ever since I was little I have always been a Tim Burton fan. I remember the first movie I watched from Tim Burton was Batman Returns which came out in 1992; featuring Michael Keaton as Batman, Danny Devito as Penguin, and Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman.

batmanreturns-revI was 6-years-old at the time, and I remember being fascinated by the settings, the well-developed story line, and the hauntingly beautiful soundtrack of Danny Elfman.

After watching that movie I was hooked on other Tim Burton movies like: “Edward Scissorhands,” BeetlejuiceEd Wood, Big Fish, Sleepy Hallow, and The Nightmare Before Christmas. My family and I would watch them in the living room, and I instantly became a fan; purchasing other merchandise and attending exhibits with his work displayed.

My favorite movie from Tim Burton, as well as most, would be Edward Scissorhands which came out 1990. The pale, lonely misfit with scissors as hands instantly became one of my favorite characters because he seemed so odd. The imagination from Tim made me realize that he was a rare breed, and that others should appreciate him more. The Limited opening weekend hit an average of $79,811 at two theaters; and was released December 7 1990. The wide weekend opening was released two days later with an average of $6,183, and was ranked 3 with 1,023 theaters showing.

Throughout the years I noticed that there were changes made to his movies. I began to notice that the recent movies he has made over the years are not as creative as they once were. I feel like ever since he collaborated with Disney, he hasn’t been as creative.

The movies that I’m referring to are: Frankenweenie, Dark Shadows, and Alice In Wonderland. This is why I disagree with these films:

Throughout the years I noticed that there were changes made to his movies. I began to notice that the recent movies he has made over the years are not as creative as they once were. I feel like ever since he collaborated with Disney, he hasn’t been as creative.”

Dark Shadows was silly and incredibly lame, it had a very boring cheesy story to it, also its not as good as the original TV series back in the 70’s.

The only reason why I would watch it is because it has one of my all time crushes Michelle Pfeiffer, but regardless it wouldn’t be a movie I would want to watch contently. The film itself is still based in the 70’s,however it does not correspond with the original TV show. The characters are bland and are forgettable. Overall this is one of the worst Tim Burton movies directed.

 Alice In Wonderland, was not as good as the cartoon version that was directed by Clyde Geronimi , Wilfred Jackson, and Hamilton Luske, which was released on July 26 1951.

For starters I didn’t like that Tim Burton exaggerated all his characters. Tim Burton former wife Helena did a horrible job on playing the red queen, I feel like the only reason she got the part is because she was married to Tim Burton at the time. I felt like Johnny Depp performance, as the man hatter was just disappointing mainly because his character was just so exaggerating.

 The remake of Frankenweenie which was released 2012 was okay, I didn’t really like it as much as the original which is a shorter film with a short duration consisting of 29 minutes released that was 1984.

I like the 1984 version better because I feel unlike the 2012 version the older one shows more emotion and it short and simple, but teaches the viewers about having a really good companion dog as a friend, and doing whatever it takes to having them around longer. Also it has a cool black and white filter, which makes the film seem more interesting and old.

 The estimate budget of making Frankenweenie 1984 was one million, and the budget for the 2012 version was 39 million.

 Don’t get me wrong, I still like Tim Burton, and he will forever be one of my favorite directors, I just don’t like the new projects he has been doing lately.

I know he has a strong fan base, and with that I think he should be more genuine with himself and focus on giving life to other characters in his scrapbooks. God knows he has the talent. Bring it out!

Will I be seeing Beetlejuice 2, and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Maybe. It all depends if Tim Burton starts showing more interest.

 

 

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