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Tim Burton And Danny Elfman Talk BEETLEJUICE In This Exclusive Clip From WB'S 25TH Anniversary Music Box!

Beaks here...

Back in the August of 1985, wunderkind filmmaker Tim Burton surprised moviegoers with the rambunctious and proudly juvenile PEE WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE. It was unlike anything in theaters that summer. And while the film was built around the goofball character of Pee Wee Herman, it is impossible to imagine it being as beloved as it is today without the wild, Nino Rota-inspired score from Danny Elfman (who was best known at the time as the frontman for Oingo Boingo).

Actually, it's impossible to imagine any Burton film without Elfman's macabre influence (with the exception of SWEENEY TOOD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET and ED WOOD). So this December, Warner Bros. music is celebrating this amazing and enduring collaboration by releasing THE DANNY ELFMAN & TIM BURTON 25TH ANNIVERSARY MUSIC BOX, a gorgeously-designed collectible set which includes the scores for all thirteen films the two have done together, and all sorts of goodies. Here's the official tease...

A collection of music as unique as Danny Elfman’s for the film of Tim Burton needed to be housed in something equally special, wondrous, and whimsical. Designed to evoke a treasure chest found in a mysterious attic, The Danny Elfman & Tim Burton 25th Anniversary Music Box is a work of art in itself. Grammy-winning designer Matt Taylor has transformed previously unseen art by Tim Burton and crafted a large scale, tin-covered music box complete with an embedded music chip playing “The Music Box Suite” arranged and performed by Danny Elfman specifically for this historic collection. And to literally top it all off, with a flip of the lid, a delightful working zoetrope is revealed featuring strips of art and photos by Tim Burton and Danny Elfman that come to animated life with a spin. With compartments for the 16 expanded-score CDs, 250+ page hardcover book Danse Macabre: 25 Years Of Danny Elfman And Tim Burton, the bonus DVD “A Conversation With Danny Elfman & Tim Burton,” and the collectible Skeleton Key USB Drive, this is a massive box set worthy of any coffee table or desk.

To further stoke your interest, the good folks at Warner Bros' Music have provided me with this exclusive clip of Burton and Elfman chatting about one of their finest works, BEETLEJUICE!


For more on the box set, head on over to Finally, one of the ten best opening credits sequences ever?

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  • Oct. 8, 2010, 9:09 a.m. CST


    by _.l-_-l._

    For vader!

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 9:10 a.m. CST

    D. Vader

    by _.l-_-l._

    That is.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 9:16 a.m. CST

    Elfman didn't score Ed Wood either

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Wish I had the moolah for this boxset.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 9:23 a.m. CST

    insert talkback catchphrase here

    by DonLogan

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 9:23 a.m. CST

    Thanks, kwisatzhaderach

    by mrbeaks

    Always make that mistake.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 9:25 a.m. CST

    la la la la la la la la

    by TheManWhoCan

    boom boom <P> boom boom <P> diddley diddley diddley diddley <P> la la la la la la la la <P> boom boom <P> boom boom <P> diddley diddley diddley diddley <P> la la la la la la la la <P> etc..

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 9:28 a.m. CST

    Too Silver!!

    by LargoJr

    Just saying...

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 9:41 a.m. CST

    500 Bucks??!!

    by toxictodd

    Any plans to have a less expensive version?

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 9:43 a.m. CST

    499 US DOLLARS

    by ManaByte

    Yea right.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 9:45 a.m. CST

    if you have not seen this yet....

    by emeraldboy

    I am a long time fan of tim burton. this is hysterical... and incredibly accurate...!v=bFzLRP8e4vE&playnext_from=TL&videos=8BZtDHR8E0Q&feature=sub

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 9:47 a.m. CST

    That was my first

    by _.l-_-l._

    and ONLY "first". Also I've stayed completely silent throughout this whole Vader thing until now. But in the interest of staying on topic, Holy. Shit. 500? Does it come with a little mechanical mold of Johnny Depps hand that jacks you off in time to the thumping circus music?

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Kinda liked the cartoon version

    by FeralAngel

    Watched it every Saturday morning, and it was really something. Beetlejuice and his buddy Lydia messing around in the Neitherworld, and Beetlejuice saying things like "Now HERE'S something you don't see everyday" before sprouting tentacles out of his face or whatever. Whoever did the voice of Beetlejuice was terrific, wish I knew his name...

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 9:54 a.m. CST

    Loved the Beetlejuice cartoon.

    by blackwood

    Burp and Prune. It was really funny.<P>And yes, Beaks, that credit sequence is one of the best of evers. I remember when I first saw it in the theatre when I was wee. The spider startled me something fierce.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 9:54 a.m. CST

    Yikes! I'll hold on to my MUCH MUCH MUCH cheaper

    by skimn

    Music For A Darkened Theater CD's

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 9:57 a.m. CST

    It's a box of children going "la la la la la la"!

    by ricarleite2

    How neat.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 9:58 a.m. CST

    One of my favorite non-Burton Elfman score

    by skimn

    is for Nightbreed..wish Clive Barker would direct more.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 10 a.m. CST

    I didnt like big fish...

    by emeraldboy

    untill the end. which i thought was incredibly moving.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 10 a.m. CST

    when elfman is good

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    he's GOOD..........when he's bad he's really bad.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 10:01 a.m. CST

    tim burtons secret formula

    by bluegecko7

    reminds me of this college humor vid

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 10:10 a.m. CST


    by _.l-_-l._

    You are absolutely right. Regardless of how people feel about the 89 Batman and The Nightmare Before Christmas there is no denying that they both have AMAZING scores. All people have to do is compare the Batman theme to the Spider-Man theme to prove how right you are. I sometimes wonder if Elfman's hearing problems are having a major effect on his compositions.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 10:15 a.m. CST

    "Oh NO!" John Williams is DEAD!"

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    "Now we'll have to finish the score with Danny Elfman..." Boom-Da Boom-Da Boom -Da Boom-Da....

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Great score...

    by Mel Garga

    Elfman's work is fantastic. It gibes perfectly with Burton's sensibilities. Funny they mention Pee-Wee above. That score is fantastic. By the way: Nice fuckin' model. (honk-honk)

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Can't stand Elfman scores.

    by fiester

    They all sound alike to me.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 10:21 a.m. CST

    Killer Croc? That's a Perez Hilton rumor...

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    ...I'll wait for a non-flaming, non-gossip-monging, non-voyeuristic-jerkoff source before I believe it.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 10:24 a.m. CST

    emeraldboy - incredibly accurate?

    by DarthBlart

    when was the last film that burton had a suburban charactor who lived inthe evil suburbs and noone understood him? longtime burton fan? longtime moron. stop putting downa director who at least makes something different than most films.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 10:35 a.m. CST

    Give Keaton his Beetlejuice sequel

    by Crimson Dynamo

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Pee Wee's iconic score

    by skimn

    There are themes that still used in commercials nowadays.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 10:48 a.m. CST

    Another great non Burton score

    by skimn

    Elfman's score for Raimi's A Simple Plan.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 10:49 a.m. CST

    I think that Beetlejuice may be my favorite thing Keaton ever di

    by Ironhelix

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 10:49 a.m. CST

    did. Fuck.

    by Ironhelix

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 10:52 a.m. CST


    by emeraldboy

    yeah what you say is true. I am a huge fan of burton and have seen all of his films. Ever since big fish, he has stopped making the films that were mocked in that clip.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 10:53 a.m. CST


    by emeraldboy

    I am not a moron.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 10:56 a.m. CST

    actually all that stuff..

    by emeraldboy

    about the suburbs comes from his childhood. which burton does not talk about. thats his business.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 11:25 a.m. CST

    on of the 10 best opening sequences ever?

    by Dolph don't be ridiculous.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 11:55 a.m. CST


    by Loosejerk

    Can't believe I've seen this movie so may times and never realized that was Danny singing "Day-oh" over the Geffen logo.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 12:01 p.m. CST

    holy fuck the box is huge!!!

    by Bouncy X

    man, now i see why its so expensive but its also limited to 1000 copies so i'm sure thats another excuse to rip people off. i wouldnt be surprised if they eventually release a more minimal version that just contains the discs themselves. or at the very least they release the soundtracks individually.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 12:17 p.m. CST

    burtons best opening..

    by emeraldboy

    was batman returns. this is an interesting factoid, burton never speaks when he meets production designer prior to filming. they meet him. they talk to him but burton does not speak, he gets up and leaves. without saying a word. when he gets home. he then takes out his doodle pad and gets to work. during the pre production period burton will meet the production designers. he will then show them what he wants. burton talks through his designs. he is unique. i have always thought that he is autistic. but there seems to be something in his background he chooses not to discuss. thats his business.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 12:30 p.m. CST

    That Batman Returns opening credits sequence IS awesome...

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    ...As is that scene where the circus gang is trashing Gotham and Gordon goes, "What are you waiting for? The signal!" And the batsignal flashes in the sky, we cut to Wayne Manor and a batsignal on the roof shines into Bruce Wayne's study where Keaton is brooding in an armchair. He stands up, the batsymbol huge on the wall behind him, cut to the batmobile racing down a road. Again awesome, classic Dick Sprang, 1940's Batman art brought to life. Catwoman's origin sequence was also good. Too bad the rest of the movie was kind of "meh". But just kind of, I still watch it whenever it's on TBS or something.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 12:32 p.m. CST

    a beetlejuice sequel would never work

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    at least not from that shitty Hawaii story they proposed years

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 12:37 p.m. CST


    by sweeneydave

    is my favorite non-Burton Elfman score.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 12:39 p.m. CST

    I remember the Beetlejuice cartoon comprising

    by sweeneydave

    mostly of him saying things like "I'm on a roll!" and the POOF, he's standing on a giant dinner roll. It was fun but it got old real quick. I usually just watched it for the amazing roller-coaster Elfman opening sequence and then changed it.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 12:49 p.m. CST

    yeah, i agree with batman returns being meh..

    by emeraldboy

    two many villains. god Michelle Pfiffer was sexy as hell as catwoman. even though her overacting was cringe inducing.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 12:52 p.m. CST

    looking back at burtons work...

    by emeraldboy

    he never actually contributed to scripts but maybe that was because all the work went burtons vision on screen. but he never wrote anything.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 1:19 p.m. CST

    I've always wanted Burton to make a silent film.

    by rbatty024

    I know this will never happen, but I think Burton's such a strong visual storyteller that he could make a film work without much dialogue. People have already noted the Batman Returns opening, which is kind of a minor masterpiece.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Got one.

    by HornedGramma

    Even if I have no use for any of the music after Mars Attacks!, this set is worth $500 to me. Can't wait until it gets here.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 1:37 p.m. CST


    by HornedGramma

    Pee-Wee's Big Adventure was released by Varese-Saraband on a disc that contained some of the music from Back to School (another pretty great non-Burton Elfman score). Don't get why they keep indicating ALL of that music is unreleased.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 1:40 p.m. CST

    I know that alot of people went off burton after

    by emeraldboy

    POTA. after Big fish, I felt coldness creeping into burtons work. I did not like Sweeny todd at all and a corpse bride, i felt was leaden.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 1:44 p.m. CST

    Elfman's best Non-Burton film music----

    by BanditDarville

    was Oingo Boingo's Weird Science theme song.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 1:44 p.m. CST

    I remember being super impressed

    by HapaPapa72

    By Danny Elfman's work on Good Will Hunting. Still love that one. Makes me wanna do some math and kick some ass and fall in love.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Elfman's BLACK BEAUTY score...

    by blackwood

    is also incredible. And his score for DOLORIS CLAIBOURNE. I love his non-Burton work. It's his post 90's work that I don't love. Sad, really. One of my favourites but he hasn't had a quality score in years. I wonder if he ever will again.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Weird Science

    by HornedGramma

    That song was excusable in the film, but it is a blemish on 'Dead Man's Party', an otherwise perfect record.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 2:12 p.m. CST

    why's it called WB?

    by Bouncy X

    a few of those movies aren't Warner at all like Alice in Wonderland, Sleepy Hollow and Planet of the Apes.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 2:13 p.m. CST

    charlie and the chocolate factory

    by mynamesdan

    worst. soundtrack. ever.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 3:04 p.m. CST

    $500?! Count me out.

    by JediTray

    Hopefully a more realistically priced set without all the "bonus" crap will be released.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 3:52 p.m. CST

    People who think Elfman's music is all "la-la-la" shit...

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    ...haven't listened -- REALLY listened -- to his music since 1988.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 3:53 p.m. CST

    $500, Jesus Lord....

    by samuraiyao

    But this box set is so fucking awesome, I mean the most awesomest a fucking box set should be, but shit $500, I'm gonna end up torrenting the sonofabitch, fuck!!!

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 4:45 p.m. CST

    Dead Man's Party is in Back to School

    by BanditDarville

    Oingo Boingo is the band playing Dangerfield's big bash.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 5:06 p.m. CST

    80 Days

    by Could_Harrys_Oblong_Penis_Penetrate_Another_Hermaphrodite

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 5:28 p.m. CST

    WOW! But...hey?!

    by mimadalaer

    Dang Diggidy Dawg,...that set looks awesome cool! I mean, seriously...nice work on the packaging and the such. I just thought it was odd that the site on the end of the video says, but when you type it in it redirects to whats the story; didn't want to give one or the other top billing?! Not that it matters, the music box compilation is amazing! I hope I can gather enough Moolah to be able to get this for my girl for X-Mas...HOORAY! -Ducky PS: Finally got her to watch "The Frighteners" last night. I sold her on the fact that Elfman did the soundtrack. She loved the flick!

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 6:23 p.m. CST

    Are these being released solo?

    by Axl Z

    Or just as part of the set? I'd definitely get both Batman scores and Pee-Wee as well if so, I can't justify spending that much for the like 6 CDs I want (The Batman'89 score got me into soundtracks in first place so means alot to me!)

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 7:31 p.m. CST

    He sang a great song at the end of Wanted

    by Phategod2

    O think its called the finer things.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 11:08 p.m. CST

    Burton what about BJ2 with Keaton?

    by KilliK

    come on mate,we dont want movies from you which are based on dark fairy tales.we want Keaton as BJ back.make that pronto.

  • deserve it,but the fact is that we dont have them.<br /> heh,indeed torrent downloading is going to catch fire.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 12:08 a.m. CST

    Killer Croc sounds so crazy

    by Transhuman

    I kind of believe it. Oh and FREE D.VADER

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 1:07 a.m. CST

    if the news about Killer Croc are real then

    by KilliK

    someone from WB must be reading AICN talkbacks,because we had talked about KC and how he fits the realism of Nolan's universe in the talkbacks last summer.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 6:21 a.m. CST


    by Axl Z

    Yeah I see that on the web, thing is would cost me around $45 to import to UK.. Times that by 3 and I may as well reconsider getting the whole box! General solo releases of these would be great thou!

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 5 p.m. CST


    by Robots In Das Guys

    Fuck off.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 7:42 p.m. CST

    TheManWhoCan was of course talking about this...

    by MurderMostFowl

    Spot on parody of Tim Burton ( and Elfman! ) <BR><BR> <BR><BR>mind the spaces gaps

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 7:44 p.m. CST

    FeralAngel, according to IMDB

    by MurderMostFowl

    The guy who did Beetlejuice's voice on the cartoon was Stephen Ouimette. <BR> I liked the show too. It was fun.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Ironhelix, my favorite Keaton

    by MurderMostFowl

    his portrayal of Dogberry in "Much Ado about Nothing" absolutely stole the show.

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 8:15 a.m. CST

    Elfman and Burton gotta eat

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 7:17 p.m. CST

    Nice Building..

    by lucky slevin

    Bad roof. Good Parking.