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Tim Burton

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Amanda Dreyer

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Tim Burton
He reports that he had troubled relationship with his parents (Telegraph)
This could have contributed to his common archetype that the parents dont accept or support the child
He was not particularly good in school so he found his pleasure in painting, drawing, and movies. (Tim Burton Collective)
Personality/Personal Struggles
Burton is extremely creative and at times dark
He seems to always have a character like himself - like Edward in
Edward Scissorhands
and Lydia in
His creativity is very evident in creating alternate "worlds"
like Wonderland and the Wonka Factory
When he started in the film/animation industry he wasn't understood or appreciated for his animations
As stated before, he tends to include characters like himself in most of his movies
Early Childhood
Born on August 25, 1958 in Burbank, California
"Burbank was quintessential 1950s American suburbia, a world in which the shy, artistic Tim was not quite in step with the shiny happy people surrounding him." (Tim Burton Collective)
This "suburbia" is evident in his films including
Edward Scissorhands
, and
Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland
is about a girl named Alice, who does not fit in with the proper, stuffy, people around her and is self-proclaimed as mad. While at a garden party for her engagement, she falls down a rabbit hole and is transported to Underland, a place similar to the “Wonderland” that she has visited before in dreams. While there, she is asked if she is “The Alice” that is supposed to save Underland from the evil Red Queen and restore power to the kind White Queen. In order to do this however, she must slay the Red Queen’s jabberwocky, an evil dragon-like creature. This film shows all of the adventures Alice has along the way on her journey to save Underland.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
This film is about a poor boy named Charlie Bucket, who finds one of five golden tickets hidden in a Wonka chocolate bar. He and the other four ticket finders, four bratty children, are invited to come and tour Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory and are offered a prize beyond their wildest imaginations. Charlie and his Grandpa Joe attend the tour, which ends up being quite extraordinary with unexpected twists and turns.
follows Adam and Barbara, a young couple who end up dying, but are unaware of their death. They have worked very hard to make their house their own, so when they realize that an odd family is moving into
house, they try to scare them out. Unfortunately, they do not have much luck. They decide to enlist some help and end up hiring Beetlejuice, a bio-exorcist, who they have been warned about. However, their plan does not turn out exactly how they had hoped.
Literary Elements-
Signature 2
Background Information
The Auteur
Introduction of Films
We would definitely recommend Tim Burton films to others. His films are very creative and give fresh perspectives on topics that may be overdone in other films. For example,
Alice in Wonderland
is a very common story, but Burton was able to make it his own and add certain twists and interesting elements that make watching the film more enjoyable. Also, we would recommend Tim Burton films to others because of his unique editing and stylistic approaches. He uses a lot of special effects, which can especially be seen in
with all of Beetlejuice, Barbara, and Adam's antics! Finally, we would recommend Tim Burton's films because of the touching stories and lessons skillfully woven into the films. As seen in the majority of his work, including
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
, Burton teaches us what really is important and shows us that it's okay and maybe even a great thing to be different.
Most of Burton's films focus on an outcast who is a misunderstood by those around them
Alice In Wonderland
, this outcasts are Alice and The Mad Hatter
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
, Willy Wonka is the outcast, but Charlie can be considered one as well
, Lydia and Beetlejuice take on this role
Another common theme found in Burton's films is darkness and death, which can be seen in all three films we watched, but also many of Burton's other films
As for characters, along with the outcast, Burton tends to include a pudgy weasel, an impossibly kind parent figure, and a punky, rebellious young lady (10 Things You'll See in Almost Every Tim Burton Movie)
Alice in Wonderland
: pudgy weasel- Tweedledee and Tweedledum, kind parent figure- Alice's father, rebellious young lady- Alice (10 Things You'll See in Almost Every Tim Burton Movie)
Charlie in the Chocolate Factory
: pudgy weasel- Augustus Gloop, kind parent figure- the whole Bucket Family; especially Grandpa Joe (10 Things You'll See in Almost Every Tim Burton Movie)
: pudgy weasel- Otho, kind parent figure- Barbara and Adam, rebellious young lady- Lydia (10 Things You'll See in Almost Every Tim Burton Movie)
Other smaller reoccurring aspects include pale faces to emphasize differences or innocence, and the use of the same actors in multiple films such as Johnny Depp (in
Alice in Wonderland
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
) and Helena Bonham-Carter (in
Alice in Wonderland
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Produced over 20 movies and directed 28
His films were nominated for 40 awards and he won 16
A lot of his movies were hits in the box office
Alice in Wonderland is the 16th highest grossing movies of all time
Batman made 400 million total
Charlie and the Chocolate factory made 475 million total
Camera Angles
Burton likes to use Fisheye to show the wonder of the scene
Alice in Wonderland
, he uses this a lot to make wonderland look bigger and to create a hypnotizing perspective
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
, he also uses this to make the factory look bigger and more vast
, Burton uses this in the model graveyard that Beetlejuice lives in to make it look a lot more crazy and funny.
Burton uses bright lighting to enhance the colors and the feel of the scene
Bright lighting
Alice in Wonderland
, the first scene of the forest is super vibrant and colorful to show that its not like the previous boring world Alice was in before
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
, Burton enhances the colors of basically everything in the factory making it seem larger than life, especially the land of candy scene (in nect slide)
, in the death offices the colors are vibrant which adds to the humor when Adam and Barbara are thinking of ways to scare the new family
Special Effects
Burton uses Special Effects to add to the larger than life feel of his movie
Alice in Wonderland
, most of the movie was done with a green screen to make the wonderland seem out of the box
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
, Most of the movie and the wonder of the factory is special effects- like the television transporter
when they step out of their house, that part is pretty obviously special effects to add to the comedy and rediculousness of the film.
All of these elements contribute to the overall meaning of the films by emphasizing the differences between the outsider character and those around them.
Cinematic Techniques-
Signature 1
The reoccurring themes and character types parallel Burton's life and experiences. Growing up, he didn't fit in with others and felt like an outsider. Later on, he felt misunderstood when he first started in the film and animation industry. Burton purposely uses characters similar to himself and teaches that its okay and even a good thing to be different.
Special Effects and lighting Land of Candy Scene,
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Special effects- green screen,
Alice in Wonderland
All of the camera shots, lighting and special effects contribute to the idea that Tim Burton wants to allow the audience to drift into another realm where the movie could take place. He inspires with his imagination and creativity, and his movies showcase his wildest unconventional vision.
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