Tribute to the Masters: Tim Burton

When challenged to come up with our favorite Tim Burton movies, we decided to break it up into two sections (because the man is just that good): Tim Burton directed and Tim Burton produced. The following is the definitive list Gozamos came up with…and just in time for Halloween. Without further adieu, the director credits.

Corpse Bride
I think people compared this movie to Nightmare Before Christmas and expected it to be better than it was. I on the other hand really enjoyed it. I think it was interesting how life was so dark and death was so colorful and alive. The characters remind me of fun morbid toys that I would still probably play with if I ever got the chance.

Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice! Have I said too much? I thought this movie was pure horror growing up. Two people died and didn’t even realize it? And if only that damn dog didn’t move off of that piece of wood. But let’s not visit my childhood nightmares about death and bridges. I thought Beetlejuice’s character was fun yet obnoxious. His world was mismatched, and strange like most of Tim Burton’s creations. My favorite character was Winona Ryder as lydia Deetz, the emo out cast who likes to take pictures. The moment that stands out the most to anyone who has seen it is the song and dance at the dinner party. Every time I hear Jump in the Line by Harry Belafonte, that’s all I can think about to this day!

Mars Attacks
I couldn’t take my eyes off these crazy little martians! There is nothing funny about UFOs attacking the human race and trying to destroy us but somehow Tim Burton pulled it off and I was laughing through the whole thing. I like how this movie makes fun of UFOs which might, in fact, be a more serious topic. I found this movie a little demented yet silly and fun!

And now, the Tim Burton Produced Flicks
By Terry Carlton

Nightmare Before Christmas
I love this movie for many reasons, but the main idea that strikes a chord with me is Halloween as the main holiday. Halloween has always been my favorite of the year. I used to wish I could live in Halloweentown…until I found out it wasn’t an actual place. Someday, I suppose…

James and The Giant Peach
I remember reading the book by my favorite childhood author Roald Dahl (Charlie and The Great Glass Elevator, The Witches, Matilda) and loving the movie just as much. We all felt empathy toward poor James living with his ridiculously cruel aunts until he embarks on a magical journey inside of nothing else than a giant freakin’ peach filled with talking, able-bodied insects! Pure, unadulterated fantasy at its best! Making a movie to match the greatness of a book is usually nearly impossible, but I can always count on Tim Burton to come through on making the impossible totally possible.

Batman Forever
An unusual choice, I know. I’m a big fan of Batman in general, and while I loved Tim Burton’s version and the eventual sequel, Batman Returns, I thought Batman Forever had an added sense of magic and wonder. Jim Carrey in the midst of his hey day as The Riddler, Tommy Lee Jones as Two Face, and Val Kilmer playing Batman complete the star-studded cast, and I absolutely loved this movie as a kid. Was this the one with Gotham City by R. Kelly?

So, there you have it. Our favorite Tim Burton movies, produced and directed. This was by no means an easy compilation to assemble (Edward Scissorhands, anyone?), so do us a favor and drop us a line with your favorites. And if any of you say Alice in Wonderland, I will come to your house and slap you.

4 thoughts on “Tribute to the Masters: Tim Burton

  1. I actually didn’t mind Alice in Wonderland. I thought Burton or who ever wrote the story, portrayed an interesting fashion montage of a young woman searching for self-empowerment in a sexist and repressive world. Minus the Lord of The Rings epic battle sequence that seemed to come out of nowhere… (maybe it was in the book? donno though… anyone read it?)

    I really dug the Joan of Arch proto-feminist representation of Alice in the film.

  2. “who ever wrote the story” … Linda Woolverton wrote the story for Burton’s Alice…

  3. i’m on my way to your house right now, jose luis…the original alice in wonderland is probably my favorite movie…um ever, so I didn’t think it needed a re-up. love tim burton, love alice, so I thought it was a no-brainer that it would be absolutely fantastic. the fight scene was just ridiculous, and my expectations may have been too high. it started off ok. I just thought it turned into a complete disaster…

  4. yeah i mean the message was on point… great for empowering young ladies and changing the narrative of hero’s in western fantasy and film… but i concur. that jabberwalky junk was way over the top… you’re on ur way to my house? what?

    yeah. i saw alice with one of my besties… we snuck in wine and flaming hots (classy) to watch it on the eve of my bday this past march. lame i know…

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