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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes pic! Oh, young Tim Burton. I really miss you. And I don’t hate on all of Burton’s newest work. I quite liked Big Fish and really dug Sweeney Todd. Can’t abide his Willy Wonka remake and his Planet of the Apes… well, it’s his Planet of the Apes. But his movies meant, and still mean, a lot to me. Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, Beetlejuice, Ed Wood, Mars Attacks!, Batman and, of course, Edward Scissorhands. While I’d put both Pee-Wee and Beetlejuice ahead of Scissorhands in personal preference there’s a balance to the fairy tale and fantasy aspects that float around in all of Burton’s films that he hasn’t been able to strike as perfectly in any of them. In many ways Edward is the closest we’ve come to one of the classic Universal Monsters. He’s a tragic figure, a sad figure, but also filled with childlike awe and innocence despite his scary appearance. Winona Ryder is totally adorable, Alan Arkin is hilarious, Anthony Michael Hall is at his douchiest and Vincent Price is still the man. So much so, this photo features a candid moment on set between the legendary Mr. Price and Tim Burton. Click for the much bigger version! Enjoy!

If you have a pic you think should be included email me. I’m looking for the iconic, the rare or the just plain cool behind the scenes shots to feature here. Tomorrow’s Behind the Scenes… come out to play-ayyyyy! -Quint Follow Me On Twitter

Previous Behind the Scenes pics: - Alien
- Big Trouble In Little China
- Clash of the Titans
- Dr. Strangelove
- Sesame Street
- The Birds
- The Dark Knight
- Batman (1989)
- Batman: The TV Series
- Stephen King’s IT
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
- Superman
- The French Connection
- Tron
- The Road Warrior
- Ghostbusters
- King Kong (’33)
- The Empire Strikes Back (Luke with Slate)
- Rebel Without A Cause
- Taxi Driver
- Metropolis
- The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
- Tommy Chong Meets The Blues Brothers
- The Empire Strikes Back (Filming the Crawl)
- John Carpenter’s The Thing
- Jaws
- Die Hard
- Aliens
- Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man
- The Howling
- Revenge of the Creature
- The Empire Strikes Back (Vader & Luke Duel)
- The Godfather
- Rambo III
- Vertigo
- Planet of the Apes
- Pan’s Labyrinth
- Labyrinth
- RoboCop
- The Adventures of Robin Hood
- Marathon Man
- Young Frankenstein
- Viva Las Vegas
- The Empire Strikes Back (Han driving a snow cat)
- Rio Bravo
- Giant
- Back to the Future
- The Time Machine
- War of the Worlds (1953)
- Alien (Chestburster)
- On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
- Dr. No
- The Twilight Zone
- Once Upon A Time In The West
- Lawrence of Arabia
- Star Trek: The Original Series
- The Empire Strikes Back (Luke in Wampa Cave)

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  • Sept. 4, 2010, 3:36 p.m. CST


    by biscuithead

    When Burton was still good.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 3:36 p.m. CST

    What movie is this again?

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    You should just bold it in the paragraph.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 3:37 p.m. CST

    It's not HIS Planet Of the Apes.

    by RedEgiraahgnal

    It's Fox's Planet Of The Apes. Burton has ever since unhappy with the movie,

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 3:37 p.m. CST

    Respect to Edward

    by HansBubi

    He could chop like THE_CHOPPAH.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 3:37 p.m. CST

    Forget Warriors do Kaiju

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 3:47 p.m. CST

    anything post Mars Attacks

    by chifforobe

    is, as far as I'm concerned, the product of a hack trying to make Tim Burton-esque movies for Hot Topic merchandizing. Sorry.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Sorry to say, Burton has lost it.

    by Stifler's Mom

    BIG FISH was his last great effort, and that was 7 years ago already. PLANET OF THE APES, CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY were ALICE IN WONDERLAND were absolutely awful. Even CORPSE BRIDE and SWEENEY TODD felt like dull trips back to the well.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Tim Burton's still got it

    by lochkray

    He just needs the right material. I also liked his Sleepy Hollow and Corpse Bride. He still has that weirdly twisted sense of artistry inside him. His movies remind me of Salvador Dali's paintings in a lot of ways (I know exactly how pretentious that sounds, and I apologise - but I still think it). I think Burton's main problem is that studios don't know what to do with him. So he ends up doing movies like Alice in Wonderland, Planet of the Apes, and even Batman & Batman Returns. Some of their best parts are the Burton twists. He needs to reach a point and say f**k it, and just do his own movies for himself. I mean, look at Ed Wood. That had to be a personal pet project, and look how it turned out. Probably because of all the Machete talk on this site, I find myself thinking that Burton has to take the approach of Rodrigez. Make the movies he wants, with his control, for the lower paycheck. Anyway, Edward Scissorhands was his masterpiece. Nice pic.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 3:51 p.m. CST

    They're all starting to bleed together

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    I'd like to see him go back to doing something a little more "not Tim Burton" yet still "Tim Burton," like in Ed Wood. And I think we all enjoy Johnny Depp, but maybe they should take a break.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 3:51 p.m. CST

    off topic, sorry <p>Comedian Robert Schimmel died

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    This is a guy who survives testicular cancer, a liver transplant, and two marriages, and he dies from injuries in a car wreck. One of the funniest guys in the business. <p>I know this has nothing to do with the column and again, sorry, but it's a sad loss that I haven't seen reported anywhere today and only found out when I turned on sirius radio in the car.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 3:51 p.m. CST

    Also I wonder when exactly Burton became...

    by RedEgiraahgnal

    ...such a misunderstood director? Seriously, even I don't really like his Alice In Wonderland, but during the last few years he had to take so much shit, it's crazy! People called Alice "just the same old shit from Burton", when it was the least Burton-esque film since Planet Of The Apes!<br> There is this serious increase of contributing cliches to him, that he never (over-)used. Like "taking already creepy stories and making them creepier". Which ones? Alice? His version wasn't creepy at all. Wonka? Shit, it's even LESS creepy than the Gene Wilder version! The creepiest film he ever made was Batman Returns!<br> Or "Making only movies about the evil suburbia". He only made one movie that took place in Suburbia and that was Edward Scissorhands! You could maybe count Beetlejuice, but that wasn't really about suburbia being evil.<br> And why are people pissed that he has a group of actors that he uses over and over when other directors do that too? I never heard anybody complaining about Scorcese's new habit of putting Leo in all of his movies or Joe Dante putting Dick Miller and Robert Picardo in almost everything he works on.<br> And why are people accusing him of making always the same movie? Shit, his last 5 movies were a fantasy movie (that was shot in front of a green screen), a fucking violent horror musical, a stop motion film, a remake of an old kids movie (/re-adaptation of an old children's book) and a father/son-drama about the power of storytelling!<br> Yeah, I agree that modern Burton isn't as powerful as classic Burton, but it's insane how much hate he gets these days for things he never did. (I blame Family Guy or South Park. I'm sure in one episode of these shows that said something like this and now everybody believes it. That's what South Park and Family Guy are doing these days: Putting wrong cliches into nerd brains and making them repeat all the time.)

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 3:52 p.m. CST

    Love the pic

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    Probably one of the last set shots of Vincent Price in existence. Great shot, keep 'em coming!

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 3:53 p.m. CST

    Tim Burton lost it awhile back

    by RPLocke

    I think it started with Mars Attacks. Awful movie.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 3:55 p.m. CST

    I miss old Tim Burton

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    We saw flashes of him in Sweeney Todd, but the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory/Alice In Wonderland CGI bullshit has got to go. It sucks the soul out of his ideas. Last of his I truly, honestly loved was Big Fish. He's had some decent ones since, but none that I hold in as high of a regard as I do many of his pre-Fish days.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 3:58 p.m. CST

    "He's a tragic figure, a sad figure,

    by Kain_Bloodstone

    but also filled with childlike awe and innocence despite his scary appearance". A perfect decription of Harry Knowles.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 4:03 p.m. CST


    by rbatty024

    That's a rather brilliant defense of Burton. For a while now I've been trying to point out how many different genres he has played around with, but for some reason people just want to hold onto their preconceived notions of who they think Burton is. Some of his newer material has been disappointing (especially Alice) but Big Fish and Sweeny Todd or two of the best films he's made, so I think we will be seeing plenty of great films from Burton in the future.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 4:03 p.m. CST

    When Batman 1989 I thought Burton would be

    by RPLocke

    bigger than Spielberg. Now, I can't even imagine paying to see another one of his movies.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 4:04 p.m. CST


    by chifforobe

    how different movies represent the low point for different Burton fans. For me, I found 'Sleepy Hollow' shockingly bad-- in fact I can't think of better adjectives for it than 'sleepy' and 'hollow'. And I don't believe he's climbed out of that hole since. He must've been possessed by the spirit of Ed Wood.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 4:08 p.m. CST

    It's good to know that Vincent still has that egg coloring busin

    by JudasPriestly

    with his son Jody.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 4:12 p.m. CST

    ED WOOD was his best movie

    by ROBRAM89

    I don't feel a need to expand on that statement.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 4:16 p.m. CST

    I agree robram...

    by chifforobe

    I tend to think Scissorhands is the most personal movie, the best of the 'stringy-haired, palid Johnny Depp' genre-- but Ed Wood is the best all-around film by far.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 4:16 p.m. CST

    Original Wonka sentimentalism understandable but wrong

    by Jollymorphic

    I think Burton's version stands up quite well on its own. And with all of its lyrical imagery and emotional depth, you didn't like Scissorhands as much as Pee Wee's Big Adventure? Really?? I mean, I liked PWBA and Beetlejuice too, but they weren't on the same level.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Watching this last night

    by UGG

    Nowhere near as good as I remember it being. Never new it was Anthony Michael Hall untill last night, and that picture looks a tad too staged. <p> Also RED LETTER MEDIA has the review of the JJ Star Trek up <p> <p> He's spot on again and I agree with all he say's if I remember correctly.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 4:20 p.m. CST

    "Ed Wood" is one the best movies I've ever seen.

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    I'm not kidding. It's one of the most unique pictures ever made, and I could never watch it enough times. I've also been deeply disappointed in Burton's recent output. I HATED "Willie Wonka" and "Alice in Wonderland". "Planet of the Apes" was just a director-for-hire misfire he should have never agreed to do. The last Burton film I really loved was "Sleepy Hollow", and I do realize that there is a lot of mixed reaction to that film, but I'm a huge Hammer fan and this was a love song to those films.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 4:21 p.m. CST

    I think Pee Wee is his most personal movie

    by RPLocke

    And his most funniest.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 4:25 p.m. CST

    "I'd give my left nut to see good Burton again"

    by UGG

    Fuck it, do a Beetlejuice sequal.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 4:25 p.m. CST

    I can't put Sweeney Todd and Big Fish on the same level <p>and h

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    I enjoyed Sweeney Todd. But I can't justify the blu-ray purchase because I know it will sit on my shelf and not get watched again. Big Fish, on the other hand, I can (and have) justified the purchase, and have had the desire to watch it again. To me, that's the difference between an old "good Tim Burton movie" and a new "good Tim Burton movie". He's lost something, and I really think part of it is too much CGI. It's taken the heart and soul out of his films. It'd be like if Geroge Lucas ever decided to make a fourth Star Wars movie and, instead of using puppetry and elaborate costumes he just turned it all into a CGI soulless mess. THANK GOD that's never happened - that's like some Fringe alternate universe movie stuff, like Eric Stoltz as Marty McFly. Too wierd! Though I do wish Georgie-boy would get off his rich, bearded ass and give us a fourth's been almost 30 years since Jedi. Just NO CGI! Stick to what worked the first time!And bring back Vader, but like the early years! As badass as he was, I can only imagine what he did before that, but I bet it was all sorts of AWESOME! <p>But yeah, there is a distinct difference between old Tim Burton and current Tim Burton. You can't say otherwise because that just ain't so.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Diane Wiest at her wiestiest.

    by CreasyBear

    Actually, not as wiesty as she was in Lost Boys. Anne Archer is very squinty-smiled wiesty in Patriot Games, though, it must be admitted.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Revenge of the Sith is far better than most

    by RPLocke

    of Burton's dreck.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 4:28 p.m. CST

    UGG: Beetlejuice sequel would use CGI, though.

    by CreasyBear

    And a lot of the creepiness and charm springs from the old-school effects.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 4:33 p.m. CST

    Decidedly patchy

    by Mr Lucas

    is how I'd describe him. More misses than hits. Yes, Di Crapio in every Scorsese film *is* as annoying as shoehorning Depp and HB-C into Burton's films. Maybe he should stick to animation. I think too much cocaine has affected his judgement.<P> Ed Wood was undoubtedly his zenith. Sadly it was a while ago now. He needs to sit back, figure out where it all went wrong and recapture that spirit(if he can). Or not. Whatever.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Diane Wiest + Jackie Chan = Renée Zellweger

    by UGG

    CreasyBear, yea your right, although only as long as the CGI was kept for backgrounds and creating "the world" and stayed with practical for the more personal make-up and stuff.<p>

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 4:34 p.m. CST

    The word, for me, is "uneven"

    by Kammich

    There are few working directors today with a resume as vast or successful as Burton. its just an uneven one. so much of it seems bogged down in "Burtonism"... like any time he hits a rough patch creatively or financially, he goes to the studio and says "hey, I'll make a dark and quirky version of ____ if you give me some money!" But outside of that, there are some truly great movies. "Ed Wood" and "Big Fish" are the two shining examples to me. they just transcend everything and anything else that Burton has done. truly genuine films, with truly amazing performances. "Big Fish" was one of my favorite movies of the past decade, and I still get choked up every time I see it. there is a sense of whimsy but its nothing like the whimsy in Burton's films... I don't know, I just think its a great film. I don't know if he'll ever reach that level again, but I commend him for being a unique visionary who can still occasionally crank out a real gem.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 4:36 p.m. CST

    Robert Smigel died?

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    thats sad to hear, I loved triumph the insult comic dog

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 4:37 p.m. CST

    oh yeah, and awesome pic

    by Kammich

    forgot to add that. my father raised me on the principle that the horror genre only exists because of Vincent Price. and I think he's probably right about that.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Remember last year when every movie had a 9

    by RPLocke

    in the title? Funny.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 4:55 p.m. CST

    @ RP Locke

    by Lemure_v2

    So, only two films came out last year? I often read the talkbacks, and you by far produce the stupidest material. Well done.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 5 p.m. CST

    And a quick note on Burton

    by Lemure_v2

    Tim Burton is an ARTIST first and foremost. That is why his strength is in his visuals - which has been the high point of ALL his films. He's only written one film (Edward S), which is still his best work. Studios go to him for his quirkiness and eye for good production - where most of the awards have gone. So before you start slagging off his films, remember that he didn't write or produce the majority. And you people call yourselves film fans...

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 5:02 p.m. CST

    Lemure_v2 your reading comprehension skills

    by RPLocke

    need work. I count at least three - District 9, The Rob Marshall NINE, the Tim Burton produced cartoon 9. Another movie called 9 starring Elijah Wood.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 5:29 p.m. CST

    Will it blend?

    by Get_Me_An_18-Man_Fire_Team_In_12_Hours

    That is the question

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 5:31 p.m. CST


    by ConfusedPanda

    ...THE_CHOPPAH has.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 5:49 p.m. CST


    by RPLocke

    Oops wrong movie.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 5:51 p.m. CST

    @ RPLocke

    by Lemure_v2

    I apologise. So, only three movies came out last year then? My bad. Oh, and Elijah was in the animated one.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 5:52 p.m. CST


    by RPLocke

    I forgot that Burton just produced the animated one. I thought there was a Meryl Streep one too, but I guess I was wrong.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Robert Schimmel died...not Smigel

    by Bouncy X

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 6:20 p.m. CST

    Burton Top 10

    by frongbak

    1. Edward Scissor 2. Batman 3. Beetlejuice 4. Pee Wee's 5. Ed Wood 6. Batman Returns (great Chris Walken performance 7. Sweeny Todd 8. Corpse Bride 9. Mars Attacks 10. Big Fish

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 6:34 p.m. CST

    Tim burtons biggest problem...

    by Rameses

    Is that he seems to know when he has a weak script{mars Attacks,Planet of the Apes,Alice}and instead of fixing it , tries to smother the problem under layers and layers of Burtonesque production design.That said talkbackers who count Ed Wood and big Fish as their favourite Burton films are really missing the point.Edward Scissorhands, BatMan returns, Sleepy Hollow ,Sweeney Todd and even Alice are the real Burton films The other two ,are much more mainstream affairs {with decent scripts} that could have been made by any other director.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 6:39 p.m. CST

    And let's not forget...

    by Lemure_v2

    The Jar, Frankenweenie, and Vincent. And I recommend looking up Luau on youtube, it's fucking bizarre. Then there's his Oyster Boy book. Tim's done so much more than is known by most.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 6:44 p.m. CST

    @ Gern-Blanston

    by Lemure_v2

    No to anymore Star Wars movies. It's time to let them go and move on. That last animated movie proved that Lucas now only cares about getting the younger generation into SW, and has no interest in those who made him all the money in the first place. Good marketing practice maybe, but still a slap in the face to many.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 6:52 p.m. CST


    by Gwai Lo

    Maybe talkbackers who count ED WOOD (or BIG FISH) as their favorite Burton film aren't really missing the point, maybe they just don't like Burton's style in unchained excess. I think ED WOOD is by far the best thing that the man has ever put his name on, and while I think the other ones are better examples of his style as an auteur the only one that comes close to being in the same league is EDWARD SCISSORHANDS. I flat out hate SWEENEY TODD and ALICE IN WONDERLAND. I'd rather be poked in the eyes than suffer either of those movies again.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 7 p.m. CST

    This movie was SUCH a CLUMSY metaphor for teenage angst

    by SmokingRobot

    Gee, I can't touch anything because my hands are scissors. Right.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 7:44 p.m. CST

    Sleepy Hollow is terrible

    by elsewhere

    Slow, boring and so much unnecessary filler. Really weak and convoluted story as well. His worst movie in my opinion.<p>Love Ed Wood, Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, Batman, Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands. I even enjoyed Sweeney Todd.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 7:50 p.m. CST

    This and Mr. Deeds

    by Raskolnikov_was_framed

    the two movies Winona looked the best in...obviously Scissorhands is better than Deeds but she looks slightly better in Deeds

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 8:05 p.m. CST

    Burton movies mean...

    by Kentucky Colonel

    black and white stripes, terrible accents and Helena "can't get a job without Tim unless it's Harry Potter" Bonham Carter and/or Johnny Depp. The man has got an imagination that's unbound, yet he's bound to do the same thing ove and over. And his "Charlie" was killed by Depp's "I'm not Michael Jackson (but I am really)" take on Wonka. And the single guy doing all the Oompa Loompas....terrible, terrible, terrible.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 8:13 p.m. CST

    Favorite Pee Wee Scene

    by drumdaddy60

    After he tequila dances his way out of a severe ass beating or possibly death in the biker bar they set him up on a sweet hog and after some hilarious goodbyes he rides approxomitly 100 hundred yards into a sign and in a far away shot you see his body sommersault off the bike. I remember the first time I saw that as a kid I was eating pizza and I laughed so hard I shot pizza sauce out my nose. Classic!!!!!

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 8:14 p.m. CST

    I actually liked Depps Wonka

    by elsewhere

    Yes eerily similar to Michael Jackson, but I liked his quirkiness. Hated the movie.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 8:26 p.m. CST

    Mars Attacks in the same sentence as....

    by matthooper8

    ...Pee-Wee, Beetlejuice, Ed Wood, Batman and Edward Scissorhands, really? The only way Mars Attacks is in that sentence it should be followed sucks.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 8:30 p.m. CST

    The biggest problem with Alice is...

    by Dennis_Moore

    Alice. Needed a bubblier actress. Someone like Hayden Panettiere. Wasikowska was too wan for the precocious Alice. Now, the denizens of Wonderland (or Underland or whatever the fuck they called it) have never looked better. I could watch Fry's Cheshire Cat all day. So I really liked the visuals, and thought making it an adventure story was daring and not same ol' same ol'. But that can't work if the protagonist sucks and they can't decide if the supporting character is the primary focus. The stupid bookends about becoming a shipping magnate was bizarrely out of place and just plain stupid. So much lost potential.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 8:31 p.m. CST


    by Mr Lucas

    much as I love the guy, was a colossal ham. The only director to get a decent performance out of him was Michael Reeves - who died so tragically young.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 8:45 p.m. CST

    Ed wood was best picture that year.

    by UltraTron

    They screwed him and depp. That was as good as it gets. That's his masterpiece. I loved the most scene in Alice. Nobody mentions how cool that looked. And Alice has the very best talking animals ever done for what it's worth.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Oh yeah Alice was cool. Those frogs are epic and I can't

    by UltraTron

    stop laughing at big head chick

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 8:47 p.m. CST

    And the cap'n eo dance is spectacular

    by UltraTron

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 8:56 p.m. CST


    by ObiBen

    I love the guy to bits, and wish he was still around.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 9:03 p.m. CST

    what Ed Wood is (maybe)

    by chifforobe

    Burton has always had that singularity of vision (though I don't buy that he wasn't a fan of German silent cinema and Edward Gorey) that makes an artist instantly recognizable, but the danger of that is the tendancy to become stale, to become a charicature of oneself. The solution is to branch out and grow as an artist-- this was Ed Wood. I don't believe any other director would've done it the same-- yet we have no stripes, no Elfman, no tangled hair. This shows us that Burton didn't need to become a parody of himself, there is more to him than the Hot Topic clientel, maybe even the man himself, might realize. You didn't see this happen to Lynch, Herzog, the Coens-- though maybe it could have.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 9:09 p.m. CST


    by B Arnold Quizzling

    I miss him too. A truly great actor who could take the weakest material and still magnificently sell it with a knowing sparkle in his eye. It is sad that most only know him for his narration in Thriller. Egad.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 9:15 p.m. CST

    I'm going to get shit for this but...

    by Sailor Rip

    ...I'll take Batman and Batman Returns over Batman Begins or The Dark Knight any day. <p> Begins and TDK are good, I just prefer Burton's movies.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 9:16 p.m. CST


    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    Reread my SW post. I wasn't actually saying we need another Star Wars film (at least, not one that Lucas is allowed to write or direct). I was imagining an alternate universe (like the one on Fringe) where he never made the prequels and I was still a Star Wars fan that wanted another movie. A universe where I believed that if he did make another film, he wouldn't do anything as ludicrous as replace all the puppetry and elaborate costumes with the soullessness of CGI, something Burton has done is his recent works. It was a bad joke, but never would I truly wish for another Lucas-driven SW (or Indy, for that matter). I'd rather he make a sequel to American Graffitti that catches up on all of them at their 50th High School reunion. I mean, who wouldn't want to see Geriatric versions of Richard Dreyfus, Ronnie Howard, and Harrison Ford along with the fattened asses of Cindy Williams and Suzanne Somers. There could even be a drag racing scene like the original, except this time they're racing Priuses, so there's no noise! THAT would be awesome. Gold, Jerry! GOLD!

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 9:19 p.m. CST


    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    The Edward Scissorhands blu-ray wasn't such a shit sandwich of a transfer - I'd love to see that film done justice in HD.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 9:22 p.m. CST

    all of burton's stuff looks the same

    by alienindisguise

    twisty spiraled trees and ghostly pale faces all around. Ed Wood was his last flick I thoroughly enjoyed.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 9:27 p.m. CST

    Burton has become a parody of his old self...

    by darthwaz1

    It's sad, I LOVE his early work, but ever since 2000, he does crappy remakes, and unoriginal shit. With the rare exceptions of Corpse Bride and Big Fish, all of his post 90's stuff is just awful.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 9:28 p.m. CST

    I'm with you, Sailor.

    by Flip63Hole

    Then again, I'm hardly a Nolan fan, though I loved Memento. I haven't seen all of The Dark Knight and Batman Begins wasn't bad, but dreadfully dull upon repeated viewings. I'll take Burton's Batman any day. Really hoping Nolan will wrap up his final Batman and move on so we can go back to dark, campy fun.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 9:30 p.m. CST

    Vincent Price IS part of Thriller!

    by Annie The Pod Racer

    Go Vince! We miss you!

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 9:41 p.m. CST

    Batman and TDK are the best Batmans as far

    by RPLocke

    as I'm concerned.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 9:43 p.m. CST

    I'm an unrepentant Burton fan...

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    ...but even I find it wearisome that he's gotten into an "all remakes, all the time" rut. I mean, Dark Shadows is next? Who the fuck remembers Dark Shadows, ergo, why remake it? I can understand remaking something people remember fondly or at least have HEARD OF, but Dark Shadows?<BR><BR>That said (heh), I actually LOVE Burton's take on Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, and admit to liking his deranged spin on POTA (with one of the best bizarre "fuck you!" endings I can think of in recent memory on a major blockbuster). I just wish Burton would WRITE another movie again. I mean, come up with an ORIGINAL idea, and hire a good screenwriter to hammer out the details. in the last decade, Corpse Bride stands as the only film he's made that's not a remake or an adaptation of a book or stage musical.<BR><BR>Plus, as brilliant as their other collaborations have been, Burton NEEDS to take a break from Johnny Depp. It used to be exciting when they'd do a movie together once every half-decade, but FOUR movies in a row is pushing it. Alice wasn't terrible, but turning into a generic "quest" fantasy narrarive was a terrible idea, and Depp's mugging was more odd than actually funny.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 9:59 p.m. CST


    by Sailor Rip

    I can see that. TDK might be a better film than Batman Returns but I'd watch Returns over it just because it's more entertaining. I've seen TDK multiple times and have no desire to watch it again. It's a good movie just a bit overrated. It is not the definitive Batman movie. That has yet to be made. <p> I have to give Burton and the studio credit for taking what could have been a family friendly franchise and instead sending it down a dark and grotesque path with Returns. The movie is not as bood as the 89 movie but you can tell the studio just said "Holy shit, look all the money we made with the first one! Mr. Burton do whatever you want for the sequel." They probably regretted it in the long run but we got a darker, meaner, sexual, sadistic Batman movie than we ever should have gotten. Yes, Batman kills people and as a fan of the comics this is way out of character but as a stand alone movie its triumphs outweighs its flaws.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 10:05 p.m. CST

    Got to disagree Nasty.

    by Sailor Rip

    Dark Shadows deserves more recognition and is a property Burton is perfect for. Vampires, ghosts, zombies, time travel, gothic settings: it's what he should be doing.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 10:07 p.m. CST

    What the fuck is "bood"? Should read: "good"

    by Sailor Rip

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 10:08 p.m. CST

    I mean, it SOUNDS like perfect Burton material...

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    ...but that's what everybody said about Alice In Wonderland, too.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 10:14 p.m. CST

    POTA turned me against Burton

    by FrodoFraggins

    Visually the film was fine, but he really pissed on the original with a weak ass story and a weaker lead actor. Ever since then I don't want to support his films.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 10:20 p.m. CST

    Sailor Rip

    by RPLocke

    I like all the Batman Movies. They're like Trek movies to me. Some good some bad, but I'll watch them.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 10:34 p.m. CST

    Even Batman & Robin?

    by Sailor Rip

    Shit, I will sit down on a rainy saturday and watch it if it's on tv but I don't like it. <p> As far as Star Trek goes I guess everyone agrees 5 is the worse, right? I'll watch that and even find some things I like in it "Pardon me but what does God need with a starship?" <p> I'm trying to think of anything I like in B&R and it's real fucking hard.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 10:37 p.m. CST

    I like the scene in Batman and Robin

    by RPLocke

    where Alfred leaves the message for his daughter and she turns into Batgirl.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 10:41 p.m. CST


    by Sailor Rip

    I'll give you Alicia Silverstone's ass in leather is a good thing.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 10:42 p.m. CST

    Edward Scissorhands is one of the most beautiful films ever made

    by SifoDyasJr.

    Storywise it's not perfect, but it is visually stunning. The Vincent Price scenes are perfect, however.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 10:59 p.m. CST

    Arkin Hall

    by frongbak

    Perfect, as are Alan Arkin scenes, and Anthony Michael Hall as the abusive bully he hated in all his Huges films. If you havn't seen Ed Scissor lately do yourself a favor, by far the best Tim Burton film, and among the best pics of the 90's.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 11 p.m. CST

    I fell asleep at Edward Scissorhands

    by RPLocke

    It was sooo slow. And Ed Wood isn't good either. Love Beetlejuice, though.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 11:01 p.m. CST


    by frongbak

    As a standalone film the strongest Batman, no need for follow-up or set-up, works as a self-contained entity better than ANY comic book film, the original Superman being a close 2nd.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 11:01 p.m. CST

    Never rub another man's rubarb

    by frongbak

    'nuff said

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 11:05 p.m. CST


    by Sailor Rip

    That's a bold statement to make. But you know what, I agree. I agree with Batman. I'll take Superman II over the original though.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 11:22 p.m. CST




  • Sept. 4, 2010, 11:34 p.m. CST

    Mars Attacks is the only movie I've ever wanted a refund for.

    by slder78

    I had such high hopes for it and halfway through all I could think was "how the fuck could they have this many stars in it and be do shitty?" and Tom jones with the eagle at the end? Are you kidding me?

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 11:44 p.m. CST

    Mars Attacks is the only movie I've ever wanted a reefer for.

    by Tigger Tales

  • Sept. 5, 2010, midnight CST


    by barryallen77

    if you'd take that 5'2" michael keaton TERRIBLE batman movie over the fantastic marlon brando, john williams, mario puzo, chris reeve, richard donner SUPERMAN

  • Sept. 5, 2010, 12:01 a.m. CST

    2 good things about batman

    by barryallen77

    lando as black harvey dent and porkins as eckhardt

  • Sept. 5, 2010, 12:09 a.m. CST

    There are a lot of good things about Batman

    by RPLocke

    Keaton as Bruce Wayne, the Alfred was perfect, Nicholson - perfect, the Batmobile, perfect.

  • Sept. 5, 2010, 12:33 a.m. CST

    Vincent Price is the shite

    by disfigurehead

    but the best Burton movie is Ed Wood.

  • Sept. 5, 2010, 1:36 a.m. CST

    I'm not a Nolan Hater!

    by RPLocke

    I saw Batman Begins and TDK at midnight IMAX shows.

  • Sept. 5, 2010, 3:31 a.m. CST

    I Don't Usually Comment On The B.T.S.P.O.T.D

    by DutchRudder

    But... I really love this pic. All of the others too! In is one of the biggest reasons I check AICN. I would check it out everyday regardless but I will open a new tab and refresh for the pic of the day. Thanks Quint.

  • Sept. 5, 2010, 4:40 a.m. CST

    Never understood his popularity

    by Thall_Joben

    I don't get his mass appeal. I think he's one of the most over rated directors of all time: Spirals, clowns, snow, everyone wearing black, same crapy Elfman score over and over again. Much as I love a lot of what inspired him, I hate Burtons formulaic spin on it. Face it Edward Scisorhands was as unoriginal as hell, it's just an emo version of Frankenstein, whoopee do.

  • Sept. 5, 2010, 7:03 a.m. CST

    For dark is the suede that mows like...a harvest

    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • Sept. 5, 2010, 7:08 a.m. CST

    I think Mask attacks is important because

    by MurderMostFowl

    It was the first truly bad film from Burton. before that, the man could do no wrong. I mean, this is how he got the status he had.... you simply had to say his name at the beginning of a trailer and everyone went gaga. <BR><BR>That said, this video says it all about Burton: <BR>

  • Sept. 5, 2010, 7:15 a.m. CST

    Remember when Burton...

    by biscuithead

    ...was the master of the opening credit sequence? Ed Wood's was a killer. Like a work of art in itself...

  • Sept. 5, 2010, 8:13 a.m. CST


    by Rameses

    Yes, I am out of my mind.I did say "more mainstream" though.I was really talking about their storytelling and tone.Ed Wood's subject matter may be a little unusual , but the way it was presented was far more conventional than the likes of Beetlejuice or pee wee.It could just as easily have been directed by joe Dante (though was obviously a labor of love for Burton}

  • Sept. 5, 2010, 8:28 a.m. CST

    Sweeney and Corpse...

    by tomimt

    ...are both pretty damn good movies. I can't say a thing about Alice, as I haven't seen it, but out of his recent work I really could do with out Charlie and Apes.

  • Sept. 5, 2010, 8:34 a.m. CST

    Burton and Cameron

    by Autodidact

    Two directors I knew I loved, long before I really even knew what a director was. Burton for Pee-Wee, Beetlejuice, and Batman and Edward Scissorhands, which all felt very similar to me... Cameron for Terminator, Aliens, Abyss, and T2 which also had a similar feel with that blue light and the metal that deforms in, you know, that James Cameron-y way.

  • Sept. 5, 2010, 8:41 a.m. CST

    well i am still loving Cameron

    by KilliK

  • Sept. 5, 2010, 9:57 a.m. CST

    The Mars Attacks conundrum

    by SifoDyasJr.

    When you watch Mars Attacks, it's a terrible movie, but when you talk with friends about how terrible it is, it becomes hilarious. You think that, well, maybe you were wrong about how terrible it is because it was so much fun to talk about. This doubt causes you to watch it again where you realize how terrible it is. Wash. Rinse. Repeat.

  • Sept. 5, 2010, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Burton used to be good

    by rogueleader66

    But seriously.....POTA, Charlie, Alice.....all crap. He is just a fancy window dresser now. Guy has talent but has chosen to become a studio boy. His movies are all style zero substance now. Even the style is becoming tired.

  • Sept. 5, 2010, 10:24 a.m. CST


    by barryallen77

    5'2" and he has a hair lip. ray charles couldve seen it was bruce wayne behind that mask. easily the worst batman. give me adam west or val kilmer over mr mom any day

  • Sept. 5, 2010, 11 a.m. CST

    Anyone that inspires this much debate

    by JoeD

    has had a pretty serious impact. It's obvious the Burton's lost some of his magic. But he doesn't need to recapture it. He needs to find something new. No pale faces. No Johnny Depp. No CG. And no remakes.

  • Sept. 5, 2010, 11:05 a.m. CST

    Sweeney sucks?

    by BlaGyver

    I guess being pretentious has its requirements, but I have no idea how you could shit on Sweeney Todd. Great fucking movie, and even though Helena Bonham Carter was a bit annoying (especially in her "singing" parts), it's a great movie and a GREAT performance by Depp.

  • Sept. 5, 2010, 11:29 a.m. CST

    What about Sandy Claws?

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • Sept. 5, 2010, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Tom Jones with the eagle

    by mr teaspoon

    Dude, if you can't see why that's the greatest thing ever...

  • Sept. 5, 2010, 12:08 p.m. CST

    A new TEMPEST on the horizon....

    by keylimepirate

    Now this is a Shakespeare adaptation like no other. It's on the You Tube channel for key lime productions. You've got counterrevolutionary militias and a performance that takes place within a MIND THEATER!

  • Sept. 5, 2010, 12:13 p.m. CST

    I LOVED Edward Scissorhands when it was released

    by mr.underwater

    Hormones and teen angst can really fuck up one's judgement.

  • Sept. 5, 2010, 1:18 p.m. CST

    Wonderful movie. One of only a handful to make me cry.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • Sept. 5, 2010, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Sleepy Hollow

    by Crobran

    Yeah, there are some rough spots in it, but some of those images and sequences make the movie worthwhile. The sequence in which we get to see the first decapitation is wonderful both in execution and appearance. Even the scene in which Brom poses as the horseman to terrify Ichabod is great, and perfectly translates the old Disney cartoon to live action. I could have done without turning Icahbod into a sleuth, and the gratuitous blood squirting during the autopsy scenes, but the look and feel of the film is so great, I have to watch it several times every October.

  • Sept. 5, 2010, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Ed Wood is the best movie of 1994

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    Which is saying a LOT since that was one of the best movie years ever.

  • Sept. 5, 2010, 2:36 p.m. CST


    by RPLocke

    Yeah, that was a slow year for movies.

  • Sept. 5, 2010, 2:54 p.m. CST

    Mr Lucas - Ham

    by ObiBen

    Of course he was a ham, he knew it and played with it. Just watch Theater of Blood...

  • Sept. 5, 2010, 3:21 p.m. CST

    RPLocke - Revenge of the Sith

    by ObiBen

    Barely qualifies as a movie. It's an expensive ILM Star Wars themed demo reel with broken narrative, wonky editing and excrutiatingly godawful acting. It attempts to interweave somber concepts such as betrayal, infantricide, ethnic purge and despotism with pre-school grade Teletubbies robot schtick (news flash: it fails!). You can actualy hear the cartoony pop! sound as the Skywalker twins get delivered by the Fisher Price Scoop Ball Robot Nurse action figure. POP! - Luke! POP! - Leia! Gang of moronic twits are all floored by the news it's twins - They can scan entire fucking planets eons away, travel through hyperspace, but don't know anything about echography, stetoscopes, or just plain feeling around the belly with hands. It's digital mud for Wall-Mart toy hoarders. Even Zira in Burton's POTA can't reach the level of ridicule achieved by many scenes in the prequels. Maybe I'm being harsh, but, then again, maybe not.

  • Sept. 5, 2010, 3:33 p.m. CST


    by A G

    "Revenge of the Sith barely qualifies as a movie. It's an expensive ILM Star Wars themed demo reel with broken narrative, wonky editing and excrutiatingly godawful acting." Obi Ben - 06/09/10

  • Sept. 5, 2010, 3:43 p.m. CST


    by RPLocke

    If you complain about THAT scene, you have no business watching Star Wars. It's not supposed to be hard science. Was the OT about hard issues? I don't get where you're coming from. I'd watch ROTS over that Harry potter shit anyday.

  • Sept. 5, 2010, 3:55 p.m. CST

    I get where he's coming from Locke

    by A G

    And I'm a fucking huge Star Wars fan. The prequels were let down by a disregard for quality. An "Ah they won't notice" attitude which shows complete disdain for the audience. I seem to remember spotting a number of mistakes in Phantom Menance the first time I watched it. It's just a lack of attention to detail and quality.

  • Sept. 5, 2010, 6:31 p.m. CST


    by RPLocke

    You can't say the PT suffered in quality. Not one SW movies suffers in quality.

  • Sept. 5, 2010, 10:23 p.m. CST

    What film is this???

    by BBSloth

    still waiting on an answer

  • Sept. 5, 2010, 11:40 p.m. CST

    Most talkbackers are apparently retards

    by cryosleep

    Complaining that "all of his films look the same" and "waa, he keeps just remaking stuff" when neither is true, but just cheap prejudice dished out by hack shows like Family Guy that mouth breathers take for some kind of cutting edge satire. Big Fish looks nothing like Sweeney Todd, Todd looks nothing like Ed Wood, Wood looks nothing like Planet of the Apes, which in turn is entirely different from Edward Scissorhands. As for complaining about doing nothing original of his own, I'd like to see that double standard taken to Kubrick as well. Dude didn't do a single original film outside of his first film and he's still served praise on a gold platter for everything.

  • Sept. 5, 2010, 11:43 p.m. CST

    Sweeney Todd was my favorite film of 2007

    by natecore

    you don't know who i am, but I'm just letting you know ST is a perfect film.

  • Sept. 6, 2010, 1:19 a.m. CST

    A G - Attention to detail

    by ObiBen

    Attention was much more given to the detail of the space traffic passing by the CG windows in the background than to what used to make this series great. I'm complaining not only as a huge fan of the first two original movies, but as someone who loves cinema in general and believes in quality escapism popcorn movies as well. But if I want to view a demo reel, I'll order the Siggraph annual dvd thank you very much. And Burton's Ed Wood mops the floor with any clone related corporate tripe we've been served in the last decade.

  • Sept. 6, 2010, 1:23 a.m. CST

    Burton seems to work best

    by ObiBen

    when the studios let him do his thing.

  • Sept. 6, 2010, 1:27 a.m. CST

    Batman Returns

    by ObiBen

    I still the best Batman movie floating around.

  • Sept. 6, 2010, 1:37 a.m. CST

    I know I'll get creamed for this but

    by RPLocke

    I really like Batman and Batman Forever.

  • Sept. 6, 2010, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Kudos for the Rodriguez comparison

    by BlaGyver

    If Burton wasn't so concerned with making blockbusters and focused more on making the movies HE wanted to make for less money like Rodriguez, he'd be putting out much more quality films. Rodriguez is proof that you can make bank in the box office without having a giant budget. One of my favorite stories from the sets of his movies is a bit he talks about on the Planet Terror DVD. The scene at the end where Cherry is picked up by a helicopter required a green screen far larger than any that the crew possessed. Rather than blow money on a huge-ass new screen, Rodriguez decided to use - get this - THE FUCKING SKY. He used an area of the sky in the early morning with no clouds as a makeshift bluescreen. Fucking genius.

  • Sept. 6, 2010, 5:05 p.m. CST


    by TedKordLives

    Tom Jones with the eagle by tompiltoff Sep 5th, 2010 11:31:27 AM Dude, if you can't see why that's the greatest thing ever...

  • Sept. 6, 2010, 6:38 p.m. CST

    Sky bluescreen = old trick

    by ObiBen