The legend of Sleepy Hollow is one of America’s best-known folk tales. The story of meek schoolteacher Ichabod Crane, who is haunted by a mysterious headless horseman, is a staple of American literature. What better pairing for an update of one of America’s most beloved tales than with one of the world’s most beloved filmmakers, Tim Burton, and the (until recently) long underrated actor Johnny Depp? Tim Burton’s 1999 film, “Sleepy Hollow,” is a retelling of the classic legend with a revisionist’s takes on the character of Ichabod, now Constable Crane, a squeamish detective out to prove his theories on forensics in a town living in fear of a mysterious force that goes around randomly beheading its victims…
A twisted fairytale love story from the creative mind of the one and only film maker known for invoking a tone that is equally warm as it s haunting, Tim Burton's "The Corpse Bride" is yet another masterpiece! It is the animated story about a shy, endearing man named Victor, who while practicing his wedding vows, unknowingly weds a ghost spirit who then arises from the dead to take Victor as her husband. But Victor is supposed to marry Victoria and now has a serious problem on his hands as Victor now is committed to two women!
In Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, Burton tells the tale of man-child Pee-wee Herman. He lives a magical life filled of humor and light. And like most kids, he bears one possession that he treasures above all the others – his bicycle. The envy of the neighbourhood, his beloved bike is his life, and he is horrified & broken when he finds it stolen. With the police unwilling to start a statewide search, Pee-wee sets out on a a cross-country adventure to try to regain his prized posession. What happens on that journey can only be thought of through the creative and genius mind of the one and only Tim Burton!
In Tim Burton's rendition of Alice In Wonderland, Alice returns to Wonderland as a 19-year old girl where she reunites with her old friends to once and for all defeat the evil Red Queen. The most interesting and noteworthy features about this movie are the luscious, beautiful scenery and amazing graphics that are presented. In Alice In Wonderland, Burton as simply created breathtaking eye-candy for the movie-goer and fairytale lovers alike! This is a must see for old and young alike, and anyone who is a fan of the classic tale!
A young boy wins the once in a lifetime opportunity to tour the most magical and spectacular candy factory in the world, led by the most peculiar and eccentric candy makers, Willie Wonka! What you have is the classic story, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. When Tim Burton and Johnny Depp team up for the remake of the 1971 classic, what you have are colorful and unforgettable characters! The visuals are clearly what Burton has the most fun with. Wonka's factory is a cross between Disneyworld and Halloween horror ride, with elements of Mario Bava and Dr. Seuss. And the unexpectedly hilarious Oompa Loompa songs could easily be compared to freakiest of Bollywood musicals!
The often overlooked B-movie, about B-movie director easily goes down in history as one of Burton's most peculiar films. It is the semi-true story of Ed Wood, who many have named the worst film director of all time. Or was he? Leave it to Tim Burton to tell the story about a misfit, surrounded by misfits, who is trying to make a sense of a world that doesn't understand him at all. Burton's love for movie-making is reflected on Ed Wood's love for movie-making. And it results in an extremely uplifting movie, which makes anyone reconsider their previous stance on the late eccentric film director.
Perhaps the greatest animated Tim Burton masterpiece, The Nightmare Before Christmas amazes and inspires young and old alike. Jack Skellington is feeling uninspired in his role organizing the scares for Halloween. Then he discovers "Christmastown" and is mystified by the magic of it all. Jack decides to kidnap Santa and hijack Christmas. The beauty of the film is the seamless blending of the excellent stop-motion animation and the great Danny Elfman musical score. As you would expect from Tim Burton, this film is quite dark at the emotional core. of the storyline. But light comic touches throughout, like the accidental kidnapping of the Easter bunny, give the him a slightly "off kilter" sense of humor and make it a film worth watching again and again.
Undeniably, Edward Scissorhands is one of Burton's best film masterpieces to date! He mixes a fairytale tone with an original plot line, and unforgettable characters to create one of the greatest love story's of all time. The outwardly odd, yet unexpectedly gentle Edward is introduced the satires of suburban life in this magical and haunting tale of fame, love, and ultimately rejection and heartbreak.
Tim Burton's darker twist on the classic 60's campy comedy is pure movie genius! The stunning visual effects, riveting plot line set in present day, and an all-star cast pave the way for a movie series spanning over 3 decades! But Tim Burton's rendition sets the bar high...Everything about this movie makes it a hit! Who else, other than Jack Nicholson could better portray the equally charismatic and homicidal Joker? And Burton's choice to cast Michael Keaton in the duel role as Bruce Wayne / Batman turned out to be one of the movies greatest attributes! And did we mention the film's music composition credits go to none other than the amazing Prince? What's not to love about this film?
Big Fish is undoubtedly a Tim Burton masterpiece and a gem in storytelling in itself! Tim Burton once again mesmerizes us with a heartfelt love story with incredible imagination and visually stunning effects! It's the story of a lost man reliving his father's fascinating tall-tales in hopes of learning more about his childhood and purpose in life. Tales told of mermaids and werewolves, of Siamese twins, and a traveling circus, only Burton can create such a storyline that is incredibly heartwarming and whimsical, while the emotional tone takes moviegoers on a personal and touching journey.