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It's A Brooding-But-Groovy Poster For Tim Burton's SWEENEY TODD!!

Merrick here...
Thought you might wanna nice, sharp look at the SWEENEY TODD mini-poster that’s hitting Comic Con somewhere ‘round today. I love this image; love the style of the poster. I’ve never been a huge fan of SWEENEY TODD, although I’m really excited to see how this particular project shakes out. It’s a musical. It’s Tim Burton who, although inconsistent, is invariably interesting. And, when you cram Johnny Depp, Alan Rickman, Anthony Head, and Sacha Baron Cohen into the same film…the coolness factor pretty much jumps way off the scale if you ask me. Here’s the poster image. I strongly suggest clicking Johnny to embiggen the image; a lot of nuance is lost in the version below...which has been shrunken to fit this page.

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  • July 26, 2007, 9:03 p.m. CST


    by Bombadils_Bane10


  • July 26, 2007, 9:04 p.m. CST

    Sweet Poster

    by Bombadils_Bane10

    The blood smear is super sexy sweet

  • July 26, 2007, 9:04 p.m. CST

    THAT is a sweet poster

    by PezQ

  • July 26, 2007, 9:05 p.m. CST

    okay, that's cool

    by chains

    I know nothing about Sweeney Todd, except that they spoofed it on The Simpsons once... but that poster made me smile big.

  • July 26, 2007, 9:06 p.m. CST

    Okay, now I'm interested.

    by covenant

    Nothing like a good teaser poster to spark interest. And that cast...!

  • July 26, 2007, 9:06 p.m. CST

    best poster

    by uVa

    Awesomest poster i have seen in ages.

  • July 26, 2007, 9:07 p.m. CST


    by MonteCristo


  • July 26, 2007, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Those "first" posters should be

    by arteviewer

    banned! Oh, and: awesome poster!

  • July 26, 2007, 9:07 p.m. CST


    by cbebop007

    That's pretty awesome.

  • July 26, 2007, 9:10 p.m. CST


    by uVa

    Just noticed the blood between the floorboards. This poster keeps getting better...

  • July 26, 2007, 9:14 p.m. CST

    Reminds of those Art Asylum Silent Screamers

    by The Rondo Hatton Blues Explosion

    figures from a few years back, and that is a very good thing.

  • July 26, 2007, 9:16 p.m. CST

    What, nobody saw Jersey Girl?

    by ColBatGuano

    Burton, get Affleck's stink off this, please. Hot Pockets should do a meat pie tie-in.

  • July 26, 2007, 9:18 p.m. CST

    The Worst Pies in London!

    by lost.rules

    Can't wait. Hopefully, Tim and Johhny knock this one outta of the park.

  • July 26, 2007, 9:20 p.m. CST

    Blood under the floorboards.

    by lost.rules

    Nice touch. The closest shave you'll ever get!

  • July 26, 2007, 9:20 p.m. CST


    by finky089


  • July 26, 2007, 9:28 p.m. CST

    I love it, except

    by Bagheera

    for that really shitty filter they put over the whole thing. Seriously, isn't that one of PS's stock filters?

  • July 26, 2007, 9:38 p.m. CST

    hah, that rocks

    by Mike_D

    I want it.

  • July 26, 2007, 9:38 p.m. CST

    lost.rules : LIGHT under the floorboards

    by s8ntmark

    I thinks its a combination of blood and light from the oven below the floor boards. It looks like blood by one of the chair legs :D

  • July 26, 2007, 9:45 p.m. CST

    Now wait a second...

    by Hervoyel

    Let me make sure I understand this correctly. Tim Burton is going to make a movie out of Sweeney Todd AND he's going to put Johnny Depp in it? I didn't see that coming.

  • July 26, 2007, 9:48 p.m. CST

    One more thing

    by Hervoyel

    I know it's a long shot but if he could somehow manage to cast Helen Bonham-Carter and Christopher Lee in this as well I think it would be really cool.

  • July 26, 2007, 9:49 p.m. CST

    Very, very cool.

    by AnnoyYou

    For some reason I can now hear Depp "talk-singing" the ST song "Pretty Women." Yeah, it's probably better when someone has a trained baritone (like recent Broadway Sweeney Michael Cerveris), but Depp is such a good actor I think he'll be able to wing it. Actually, come to think of it, all the cast are such great actors they'll probably be able to fake it as well (Spall already proved he can do it in "Topsy-Turvy"). I just don't want to hear all the tiresome Sondheim perfectionists whinging about this movie and its lack of viable singers. Suck it up - if Sondheim gave his blessing, who are you to complain?

  • July 26, 2007, 9:58 p.m. CST

    Godamn beautiful...

    by Billyeveryteen

    Please don't suck.

  • July 26, 2007, 10:14 p.m. CST

    Sweeney Todd is a brilliant work of art.

    by Bronx Cheer

    I hope Burton does not screw it up/

  • July 26, 2007, 10:16 p.m. CST

    Unfortunately, no Christopher Lee in this...

    by Alfred_Packer

    The Gentleman Ghost role was cut. He was quoted as saying at least it was better than actually going through the filming only to have it cut later. I still wish they could find a way to work him in there somehwere, with Rickman and Spall, this is looking like a great show.

  • July 26, 2007, 10:47 p.m. CST

    Depp has Sondhiem's blessing, so don't worry.

    by Larry of Arabia

    This is an ideal match of director and musical.

  • July 26, 2007, 10:48 p.m. CST

    complete and utter perfection man

    by pipergates

    im laughing just imagining cohen and depp playing off each other

  • July 26, 2007, 10:49 p.m. CST

    Affleck? I'm confused

    by drave117

    Or was that a joke that went over my head?

  • July 26, 2007, 10:56 p.m. CST

    the Demon Barber of Fleet Street!

    by CherryValance

    I keep singing that one line whenever someone mentions Sweeney Todd. I wonder why. That is a great poster. Very artsy. I'm excited and nervous about this movie. I love musicals so when they cast Johnny, an unproven singer, I felt a little woozy. But he may be a good enough actor to fudge it. I hope so anyway. It is a shame Christopher Lee got the shaft again. Now that's a voice.

  • July 26, 2007, 11:14 p.m. CST

    the attic from Edward Scissorhands?

    by BadMrWonka

    that's the first thing I think of when I see that poster. especially with Depp's hair like that...<p>not saying it's bad, but one else seeing that?

  • July 26, 2007, 11:16 p.m. CST


    by dgcrawford

    I was just about to say that. It looks exactly the same.

  • July 26, 2007, 11:17 p.m. CST


    by dekionplexis


  • July 26, 2007, 11:25 p.m. CST

    Fucking AWESOME.

    by El Scorcho

    Holy hell.

  • July 26, 2007, 11:41 p.m. CST


    by NubtheSquirrel

    Three alumni from the Potter films. I just hope everyone in the cast can sing. I know Depp and Cohen can sing. But Alan Rickman? Hmmm...

  • July 26, 2007, 11:46 p.m. CST


    by RenoReno Elfman with Burton project.

  • July 26, 2007, 11:49 p.m. CST

    Fuck you fucking hypocrites!!!

    by Scorecard

    You guys are fucking unbelievable! When word of this got out going to the big-screen, it was met with "Musicals are GAY!" "Depp singing? GAY" WAH WAH WAH - Then it takes one fucking poster with blood on it and suddenly you're converts - Get fucked the lot of ya... This musical has ALWAYS been cool, and is a brilliant piece of work... so get fucked... And RENO RENO - OF COURSE THERE'S NO FUCKING DANNY ELFMAN - It's written by fucking Stephan Sondheim!!! DO YOUR FUCKING RESEARCH!

  • July 26, 2007, 11:59 p.m. CST

    Looks like the attic in Edward scissorhands....

    by theycallmemrglass

    ....and looks like edward scissorhands sitting in the chair but older and pissed of thats he aint got no hand blades

  • July 27, 2007, 12:06 a.m. CST

    just noticed your comment BadMrWonka

    by theycallmemrglass

    yeah, I noticed that too straightaway, big time!! Same colour tone in all.

  • July 27, 2007, 12:41 a.m. CST

    So, it's not "GAY"?

    by SeattleMoviegoer

    Scorecard is right. This comment page is way off the mark. Where are all the posts decrying this project as a GAY embarrassment? SWEENEY is one of the most acclaimed, intricate, powerful, beautifully scored musicals in the history of theatre. Yet you guys aren't crapping on it? Let me get this (ahem) straight--you're dicks will fall off if you see HAIRSPRAY but your manhood is safe if you see Depp in a musical? Could you guys be growing up?

  • July 27, 2007, 12:50 a.m. CST


    by ludmir88


  • July 27, 2007, 1:24 a.m. CST


    by Sepulchrave

    No floaty faces. And yes, it is a bit gay; I only know one person who LOVES Sondheim and this musical in particular, and he loves Madonna, Bette Davies, 'Mommie Dearest' and perfume by the bucketload. He's VERY camp.

  • July 27, 2007, 1:28 a.m. CST

    ...but it is a great work of Art.

    by Sepulchrave

    So is 'All About Eve'. there are just some great artistic treasures that are exalted by gay men. Like Barbra Streisand. (memo: stop talking).

  • July 27, 2007, 1:32 a.m. CST

    Yep, that Burton and his slop-ey ceilings

    by half vader

    This feels weird to say, but MrWonka, wasn't there a sloped ceiling in Burton's er, Wonka movie too? <p> And what about the B&W stripes everywhere? I think Burton has a patent on that. <p> I actually think Depp was great in C&TCF. But the movie WAS crap.

  • July 27, 2007, 1:35 a.m. CST

    Oh P.S. about the music

    by half vader

    For God's sake please shitcan whoever mixed Charlie & the Chocolate Factory for someone new this time. You couldn't hear SHIT clearly in the songs. Worst mixing for years.

  • July 27, 2007, 1:35 a.m. CST

    Todd is supposed to be a older man..

    by Droogie Alex

    who has a grown daughter whom he comes back to reclaim after 20 years away in prison.

  • July 27, 2007, 1:37 a.m. CST

    One of the best musicals of all time

    by Mvraiment

    If anyone can do the dark themes and comedy of Sweeney Todd justice it'll be Burton. May Andrew Lloyd Weber and his shitty musicals rot in peace...

  • July 27, 2007, 1:42 a.m. CST

    'Totally gay' musical

    by half vader

    ... that's awesome (hah!) is Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Generally I'm not big on musicals unless the premise is also stylised like say Little Shop of Horrors, Grease or Rocky Horror (but not fucking animation as a 'rule'), but Hedwig is bloody fantastic. <p> Droogie, if Todd is that old how on earth can Burton get a cute little bedraggled urchin in? ;)

  • July 27, 2007, 1:42 a.m. CST

    lots of sloped ceilings in Beetlejuice, too

    by BadMrWonka

    and of course, in Nightmare Before Christmas...<p>I didn't hate charlie and the chocolate factory, but I thought the bit with wonka's childhood was not necessary, and as a huge fan of the book, I was kinda bothered that they stuck it in there...

  • July 27, 2007, 1:48 a.m. CST

    Thank God for pre-release posters

    by half vader

    Now that the art of the final one-sheet has gone to photoshop montage shit (I say this as a photoshop user for fuck me, 18 years)! <p> I'm still trying to get that LOTR poster where he's looking down at the ring. One of the best, simplest and most iconic images for years. Speaking of comic-con, I also want that "whiteface" Willy Wonka from Neca. That was cool.

  • July 27, 2007, 2:05 a.m. CST

    RenoReno: About Elfman

    by DerLanghaarige

    The movie is using the music by Sondheim, so Elfman was unnecesary. (And "Ed Wood" was already Elfman-less, too)

  • July 27, 2007, 2:26 a.m. CST

    I thought Elfman was involved anyway?

    by BenBraddock

    Shame.. though understandable. Burton/Elfman gets me excited like Hitchcock/Herrmann! Classy poster too :-)

  • July 27, 2007, 2:31 a.m. CST

    The Music?

    by cromwell1666

    I love this show. In my view the music is highly operatic in the traditional sense(Benjamin Britten) with some exceptions like 'Pirelli's Miracle Elixir' and 'Best Pies in London.' I think the music may irritate mainstream audiences, but this is a classic concept and Cohen as Pirelli is fantastic casting!

  • July 27, 2007, 2:56 a.m. CST


    by BigBlackDude

    ...feed me all night loooong! Little Shop of Horrors = the straight man's musical. And the only one worth watching. The BBD has spoken.

  • July 27, 2007, 3:27 a.m. CST

    Oh come on now

    by cromwell1666

    Why does anything need to be pigeonholed so. Sweeny Todd is 100 times more Grusome then Little Shop of Horrors(what do you think is in those pies). Without the music it would be a Silence of the Lambs type thriller. There are plenty of musicals that arent just men dancing around in gold sequened pants. Three Penny Opera, Les Miserables, Oliver. This is high drama with music as the vehicle. If you avoid because you think "its gay" you will miss out on some of the greatest creative and artistic experiences available!

  • July 27, 2007, 3:31 a.m. CST

    nubthesquirrel: can Alan Rickman sing?

    by drave117

    You tell me! Just ignore the visuals.

  • July 27, 2007, 3:47 a.m. CST

    halfvader, I have that poster on my wall. :^)

    by raw_bean

    As for this poster, that's fantastic! Colour me interested.

  • July 27, 2007, 4:39 a.m. CST

    Raw bean, Cromwell

    by half vader

    Cool. It's so much better than even the version where he looks straight ahead. Hooray for chiaroscuro! <p> Cromwell, why then do you pidgeongole it yourself with the "Silence" comment? And too bad you spoiled things with the pie comment for those who don't know about it and were excited by this version. Having said that, are those pies Soylent Green in colour?

  • July 27, 2007, 4:43 a.m. CST

    Big Ben

    by RowanM

    Apparently no matter what part of London you're in, you can see Big Ben by looking out the window. Just like the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

  • July 27, 2007, 4:56 a.m. CST

    I hope it doesn't have that colour scheme throughout

    by DirkD13"

    Reminds me of the colour scheme for Dead Slence. Ugh. Poster's okay, nowt special.

  • July 27, 2007, 4:58 a.m. CST

    Tony Head's not in it now

    by filmcoyote

    He got cut along with Christopher Lee. They were both playing ghosts, kind of a chorus, and all three - the other was an unknown - got cut. Press only reported Lee because he was the biggest name.

  • July 27, 2007, 5:33 a.m. CST

    You Can't See Big Ben from Fleet Street

    by Mr Squirrel

    As a Londoner I'm pretty sure. Nice to see Dave Vanian's hair is in this.

  • July 27, 2007, 5:37 a.m. CST

    I have to agree with BBD

    by TheBladehelm

    Sweeny Todd is more gay than Little Shop of Horrors, that being said, nothing wrong with being more gay. I mean, there's room in the world for Tom Cruise AND Andy Dick, well not so much Andy Dick...That was a bad example, any way, more gay doesn't equal more bad...That's all I am trying to say.

  • July 27, 2007, 6:11 a.m. CST

    Theater is not "gay." But people who use the word...

    by Bronx Cheer

    as an insult are scared little weaklings.

  • July 27, 2007, 6:14 a.m. CST

    Because the poster is cool the film in now cool? And

    by Bronx Cheer

    that comment about no Elfman music broke me. That was hilarious! Hell, let's make a film of one of the greatest pieces of musical theater EVER and bring in the guy from Oingo Boingo to punch it up!

  • July 27, 2007, 6:22 a.m. CST


    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    Burton jumped the black-and-white-stripe spiral-swirled stop-motion shark a long time ago, and Depp is overexposed.

  • July 27, 2007, 6:42 a.m. CST

    Should be good

    by council estate scumbag

    Burton is getting back to his gothic roots and providing us with some good shit. Dat poster has got me wanting more. Wanna c this badly. Lets also hope Depp delivers. No more of that Craptain jack sparrow nonsense.

  • July 27, 2007, 7:22 a.m. CST

    Here comes the chopper to chop off your head!!

    by Thomas Cromwell

    Chip chop chip chop chip chop....The last man's DEAD!!

  • July 27, 2007, 7:25 a.m. CST

    "gay" as an insult

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    I know it's unfortunate and regressive, but it can also be funny. For instance, saying theater is gay, that's just homophobic. Although whatever, theater is kind of gay, but that's besides the point. My point is that calling things "gay" in a second-grade way can be highly humorous.<p> For instance I recently heard a young man exclaim, as his taco shell cracked and spilled its contents over his T-shirt, "man, this taco's gay." And while watching a teenager get a taco on his shirt is inherently funny, it wouldn't have been nearly as funny if he hadn't accused his taco of being gay.

  • July 27, 2007, 7:28 a.m. CST

    Short back and sides, please.

    by Alfred_Packer

    Where it says "Next of Kin" should I put "Mother"?

  • July 27, 2007, 7:46 a.m. CST

    More gay than Little Shop?

    by TheBoojum

    What the fuck does that mean? Some musicals have explicitly gay themes, or feature crossdressers in prominent roles... Neither Sweeney Todd nor Little Shop have either of these. I'm a musical theater writer in a four person collaborative team; one of us is proudly and openly gay; three of us are happily married (to women) with kids. It means nothing-- art forms aren't gay. And for those of you who think that Sondheim is for losers, I direct you to this interview with Joss Whedon that I did for the Sondheim Review:

  • July 27, 2007, 7:49 a.m. CST

    Bronx Cheer, and 'Gay' as insult - South Park origins?

    by half vader

    Forgive my ignorance Bronx, but is "Bronx Cheer" a euphemism (not from around there)? <p> As far as the gay insult, I thought it was an ironic thing that stemmed from South Park. The whole point with so much South Park is actually pretty moral and as far as I understood it was the same as when they called each other 'dildo' and so on - they didn't know what it meant but used it as a swear word, and there were no parents around to actually take responsibility (usually being off trying to get things censored so they DIDN'T have to take responsibility!), same thing with 'gay'. It seems like the ironic thing is that the dopey general audience didn't see the extra layer of the joke, took it at face value and started using it as an insult in exactly the same surface derogatory manner. Which meant the South Park guys had an extra laugh. The trouble seems to be that now so much time has gone by it's passed into general usage (much like Rocky and "Yo!"). So the joke is ultimately back on Matt and Trey because they failed to enlighten anybody. I mean, how many people used it that way (especially "totally gay") before South Park? <p> That was the whole theme of the film too. Of course I went to see it and sat down to find parents had taken their ten-year old son. Nobody stopped them either, even though it was rated R. The cinema workers probably worked at the video store the rest of the time - someone's gotta be responsible for putting the DVDs in the kids' cartoon section! <p> Anyway they stayed through the whole thing which was good because at least there was no way they could get out of talking to their kid about the whole subject. Matt and Trey would have been proud. Really, some people just shouldn't breed.

  • July 27, 2007, 7:51 a.m. CST

    Looks like George Miller's hair to me.

    by half vader

    Well it does. And I hope this has a bit of a Sleepy Hollow vibe.

  • July 27, 2007, 8:08 a.m. CST

    not crazy about this

    by tonamania

    (Len Cariou in the play was awesome) but it has a hell of a cast. Damn you Johnny Deppand your French pirating. I guess I'll be forking over some dough to see this.

  • July 27, 2007, 9:10 a.m. CST

    Half vader

    by cromwell1666

    The "Silence of the Lambs" comment was merely a point to counter the belief that all musicals would fit into any one category. I was trying to illustrate that Todd is not like Showboat and WOULD be more akin to a cinematic thriller, then to what the previous poster was stereotyping all musicals as. BTW- Didn't mean to to ruin it. The story has been around for nearly 50 years so I assumed people who cared would already know about it, and that most people on these boards would be in the know already. It would be like mentioning relevant plot points in a Dickens novel. It is a classic and spoilers are long past relevance, but I will cede the point. I would think that those on a Sweeny Todd TB would know the basic plot points though. Its not like the pie thing is some huge mystery, its just part of the overall plot. The real puzzles in Todd are much deeper.

  • July 27, 2007, 9:14 a.m. CST

    Try a little priest...

    by Clonetrooper

    When it comes to musicals, I'm a big fan of musicals about subjects that play against the "musicals are happy and 'gay'" stereotype. Little Shop of Horrors is one of those. I don't know who's idea it was to transform a really shitty Roger Corman movie into a musical, but it worked like a charm. Another great example is Sweeney Todd. Because until Sweeney Todd came around there was no such thing as a "musical thriller." Sondheim invented a whole new genre of musical. Because any musical that features a song about how different professions would taste as pies is okay by me.

  • July 27, 2007, 10:11 a.m. CST

    Yeah I know Cromwell

    by half vader

    I guess we just differ in that I actually DON'T think even most of those on this thread would know. It IS AICN after all. ;) Cheers.

  • July 27, 2007, 11:39 a.m. CST

    "Bronx cheer" = raspberries

    by Lenny Nero


  • July 27, 2007, 1:38 p.m. CST

    What a cool poster

    by Kragmose

    Long time has passed since a poster could make me want to see a movie. This changes it.

  • July 27, 2007, 2:48 p.m. CST

    God That's Good

    by Wiley Deuce

    Uh, the poster that is.

  • July 27, 2007, 3:42 p.m. CST

    Wrong wrong wrong

    by JSheaStanley

    I'm a fan of the Burton/Depp pairing, but Burton totally blew this one by not casting Tom Waits as Sweeney Todd. Listen to Waits' Black Rider album or Blood Money disc and tell me I'm wrong.

  • July 27, 2007, 4:44 p.m. CST

    I thought the Bronx Cheer

    by Quin the Eskimo

    was the middle finger.

  • July 27, 2007, 7:09 p.m. CST


    by 40ozToFreedom

    I think that you can usually tell a good film from it's poster artwork, and the amount of detail and effort that the studio wants to put into it. though, i'd like to hear about people's opinions on shitty films with awesome posters. anyone?

  • July 27, 2007, 10:38 p.m. CST


    by cromwell1666

    Terrible Poster. Both DEATHSTALKER FILMS

  • July 28, 2007, 4:12 a.m. CST

    "Haircut, sir?" This is off the fucking hook!

    by HarryBlackPotter

    Christmas can't come fast enough.

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 4:02 p.m. CST

    I think this poster is

    by hookem2008

    I think this poster is amazing- I really like all the lines of it. And Johnny almost looks like a bride of Frankenstein with that hair! But seriously, this should be a really interesting movie, especially as a dark musical. I really liked The Nightmare before christmas.