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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

Oh, man did I have a thing for Winona Ryder as a kid because of this movie. Beetlejuice is a special one, one that always makes me happy when I revisit it. These early Tim Burton movies are like magic to me. Original, stylish, paired with Danny Elfman at the top of his game… I don’t know. I’m a fan of everything he did in the ‘80s and ‘90s to be honest. I love Mars Attacks, Batman Returns is so gloriously dark and Sleepy Hollow is very flawed, but what works works so well I can’t hate the movie.

But there really is something special for his Frankenweenie (short) to Ed Wood era and of those Beetlejuice and Big Adventure are my two favorites.

Today we take a look at the stop motion that went into Beetlejuice, specifically the creepy snake version of Beetlejuice that he uses to try to snag Winona Ryder (can’t blame him). The effects technician is Ted Rae and he’s working on a quite beautiful puppet. Thanks to the Practical Effects Group for the image! Enjoy!



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Tomorrow’s pic features two jackasses.

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Click here to visit the complete compilation of previous Behind the Scenes images, Page One (warning: there are some broken links that will be fixed as soon as I can get around to it)

Click here to visit the complete compilation of previous Behind the Scenes images, Page Two

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  • Feb. 13, 2012, 7:54 p.m. CST


    by Jason Moore

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 7:54 p.m. CST

    Way cooler than some guy looking at a computer screen.

    by Jason Moore

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 7:55 p.m. CST

    I miss stop motion

    by Tony fucknuts

    Remake won't be the same without it. Or necessary.

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 7:59 p.m. CST

    CG or Stop Motion

    by Dranem

    Neither of it looks good unless they put lots of time into it. I think they both look good in certain situations. Jurassic Park is a good example of the proper use of miniatures, CG animation, and full scale animatronics. That being said, Beetlejuice got a lot of charm from its use of stop motion. Sand worms!

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 7:59 p.m. CST

    almost first...

    by frehleyisgod

    great film...revisited it the other day on netflix... favorite line has to be the guy burned to death that offers Adam a smoke and then says "trying to cut down myself."... something about the honesty in the sound of his voice just makes that line so damn funny... close second would be the barber in town talking about the kid that had hair "all the way down to his goddamn shoulders" and then asked him "just...just...just trim it a little..."...

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 8:09 p.m. CST


    by Mitch

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 8:10 p.m. CST


    by Get_Me_An_18-Man_Fire_Team_In_12_Hours

    Coming Soon: Sandworms Will Rape Your Childhood. Rated PG-13.

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 8:11 p.m. CST

    And in 3-D

    by Get_Me_An_18-Man_Fire_Team_In_12_Hours

    Fucking Hollywood.

  • When people say CG looks like crap, they're being dishonest about what stop motion looks like. You can spot CG a mile away? Guess what, I can spot stop motion. Models are more exciting than computer work? Fine. That's not what I'm watching in the movie, though.

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Winona Ryder probably setlifted that snake

    by Mel

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 8:19 p.m. CST

    I'll eat anything you want me to eat/

    by Cartagia

    And I'll swallow anything you want me to swallow/ So come on down/ I'll chew on a dog!

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 8:25 p.m. CST

    DAY . . . . . O

    by DrMorbius

    DAAAAAYYYY . . . . . . . . O ...

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 8:36 p.m. CST

    Daylight come and me wanna go home

    by ATARI

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 8:49 p.m. CST

    Winona Rider in a schoolgirl skirt

    by Get_Me_An_18-Man_Fire_Team_In_12_Hours


  • Feb. 13, 2012, 9:03 p.m. CST

    Ahhhhhh, the Burton-era Winona...

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    ...Beetlejuice (the proto-goth hipster) and Edward Scissorhands (the ravishing blonde) gave me the HUGEST crush on Winona back in the late 80's/early 90's. It makes me feel OLD as FUCK to realize she's forty now. I'm looking forward to seeing (or at least hearing) her re-enter Burtonville in this fall's Frankenweenie.

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 9:22 p.m. CST

    Great shot! The stop-motion in this movie is otherworldly.

    by chifforobe

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 9:33 p.m. CST

    Persuaded my other half and her daughter....

    by richardHarrisonsSteamedCrabs check it out last time it was on tv and they hated it! Both had had enough by the "nice fuckin model" scene and promptly went off to bed leavin me to watch the rest alone. Maybe you had to have seen it at the time.... AND her daughter is a Gothy type photographer so I thought she'd at least dig Winona's character! Mind you, she likes Twilight movies so....

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 9:59 p.m. CST

    It's all in the handbook

    by Denty420

    Bring on the fucking Beetlejuice sequel, as long as it's Keaton.

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 10:05 p.m. CST

    CG or Stop Motion?

    by galactic raider

    CG has it's place and so does Stop Motion.

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 10:11 p.m. CST

    I'm the ghost with the most, babe

    by 6000_little_griglets

    went to see this at the movies when i was about 8... turned up at the theatre and was told that they had had too many complaints from parents with regards to kids having nightmares so we weren't aloud to see it... or maybe that's just what my mother told me but i remember being pretty gutted... can't remember what we saw instead that day...

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 10:31 p.m. CST

    ...and that's why I won't do two shows a night...

    by Mike Provant


  • Feb. 13, 2012, 10:45 p.m. CST

    * ...weren't aloud to see it... *

    by DrMorbius

    *We don't need no education . . . *

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 10:54 p.m. CST

    Yep. Burton was firing on all cylinders back then fer sure.

    by Isaac R.

    Hope Dark Shadows kicks some butt. We need a good Burton movie

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 12:14 a.m. CST

    I'll take stop motion any day

    by disfigurehead

    The Neck has kind of overused CG

  • damn,i love BJ so much.i hope they dont fuck up with the sequel.But with the "new" Burton,i dont have high hopes even though Keaton is back....

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 12:30 a.m. CST

    Oh yeah. Here I am come, baby.

    by KilliK

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 12:31 a.m. CST

    Beetlejuice 2 beetlejuice 2 beetlejuice 2.....

    by notcher

    As long as it's Keaton!

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 12:40 a.m. CST

    Never be afraid to auto-balance a BTS pic in Photoshop :-)

    by justmyluck

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 1:58 a.m. CST

    I'm feelin a little anxious...if ya know whut I mean...

    by scrote

    Thanx Quint. Excellent movie.

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 1:59 a.m. CST

    Burton was the shit! What happened...?

    by Onin Solstice

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 2:39 a.m. CST

    Funny thing about that movie.

    by Chuck

    I saw it years ago, when I was a kid, I didn't even remember that much about it, except that I didn't particularly like it. Then I rewatched it last night and really enjoyed it. Don't really know why that is, but I just find it kind of funny when that happens.

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 4:36 a.m. CST

    Curate's egg

    by Mr Lucas

    Beetlejuice is great...when Keaton's on screen - a bravura performance. The rest of it kinda d r a g s.

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 5:44 a.m. CST

    My wife and I went to the Burton exhibit at LACMA

    by OutsideChance

    ...and she remarked "something about his stuff reminds me of Beetlejuice." gah. Anyone know a good divorce lawyer?

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 6:29 a.m. CST

    this movie

    by Dollar Bird

    This was one of those movies all my friends saw in the cinema and somehow I missed. Finally saw it on tape in high school (which, admittedly, was only a few years after it came out). I loved the use of stop motion, especially the walking furniture/sculpture. Years later I made a tape of child-friendly music (meaning, "music with no lyrics") to play at a daycare where I worked during a long and tedious summer. At the beginning of the tape, I put Danny Elfman's opening credits piece for this movie. Most of the kids loved that piece of music, but one kid would go nuts shouting "I HATE IT! I HATE IT! I MAKES ME CRAZY!" and start screaming and thrashing around the room until he exhausted himself and hid under a pillow. (I always kind of wondered about the home life of that kid.)

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 6:40 a.m. CST

    Two Mules For Sister Sara.....

    by Madmacks

    tomorrows behind the scene maybe!

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 6:44 a.m. CST

    I wonder if that model is still around

    by Manos

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 7:06 a.m. CST

    One of those rare movies that got funnier as I got older

    by Rex Carsalot

    I've seen it several times over the years - some of the jokes, like gutting the house, got funnier as I got older. I don't know - something about home renovation makes me chuckle as we go through our own...

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 7:41 a.m. CST

    Got a Zagnut here.

    by phifty2

    Have a little bite. C'mere! Help me! Help me! (In classic The Fly voice)

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 7:47 a.m. CST

    I'm trying to think of a bad Tim Burton movie. Anyone?

    by UltraTron

    I want details.

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 7:50 a.m. CST

    I've seen

    by Essemtee

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 7:52 a.m. CST

    (whoops) I've seen The Exorcist 167 times...

    by Essemtee

    ...and it keeps getting funnier, every time I see it!" Of course, I watched Beetlejuice before watching The Exorcist. He's right, it does get funnier, every time you see it!

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 7:53 a.m. CST

    Sleepy Hollow, flawed?

    by ballyhoo

    No it is not.

  • It is because as you grow older and more thoughts occur in your mind- you construct memory that allows you to bounce new experience off of those memories. You then compare the new experience with the new memory and form more advanced thoughts about whatever subject it happens to be. In this case the subject is the movie Beetlejuice. So you see now that you are older and have gained more experience(not much judging by your comment- but some to be sure)- you are better able to formulate opinions about what you see in the world. Additionally you are better able to comprehend what you are seeing. So you see this explains why you enjoyed Beetlejuice the last time you saw it. It wasn't just people moving about on the screen this time. You understood more of what they were supposed to be doing. You understood the words that were coming out of their mouths and more of the meanings of those words. It is my goal to raise awareness in the nerd community instead of just ripping everyone new assholes every time they say something retarded. Yes retarded not challenged. Challenged is when some of you try to go to the bathroom without help.

  • Hell, I'd throw in CHARLIE & HIS CHOCOLATE BALLS and PLANET OF THE APES as well. It's not as though the source material in all 3 wasn't good - it was the magical Burton touch that turned them to shit. Or don't they count because they're not "really" Burtonesque enough?

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 8:51 a.m. CST

    Funny Beetlejuice trivia:

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Look at the top of Keaton's head when he turns into the merry-go-round towards the end of the can see Jack Skellington sitting on the top of his hat.

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Ok, since we're talkin' Beetlejuice, let's talk Community

    by 2for2true

    I know we've beat this horse until it's almost ready to reanimate, but here's the clip from Community we all know and love:

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 9:32 a.m. CST


    by Dollar Bird

    You can't be serious with that question, can you?

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 10:53 a.m. CST

    I'm trying to think of a bad Tim Burton movie. Anyone?

    by Stalkeye

    Batman, anyone?

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 11:18 a.m. CST

    Did anyone else see this in the theater and...

    by JustinSane

    ...get a rectangular promotional pin that had the logo (with Betelgeuse sitting on it) and said "The name in laughter from the hereafter"? Wish I still had it.

  • The Behind the Scenes feature is one of my favorite on this site. I would just like to see more previously unpublished photos. Nearly every photo ever posted here either appeared years ago in Cinefantastique, Cinefex, Fangoria or Starlog years ago. They are probably new to many readers but with the exception of those great Conversation set pics, I've seen them all. Maybe I should be directing this at readers, some of which work in film and television. Dig out those old shoe boxes of set pics, scan them and send them in. Come on, you know who you are. I have a couple of unpublished photos an old friend gave me when he worked at Richard Edlund'd effects house during the production of Ghostbusters and 2010. If you are interested I could send you a picture of the model crew moving the Leonov model from the model shop to the stage.

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Coach, wheres the mens room?

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Say it once, say it twice ...

    by Anthony Torchia

    made you look I love this film, I listened to the Beetlejuice soundtrack a hundred times or more. But Pee Wee's Big Adventure? Jesus, I was the designated driver the night we all saw that movie. So my friends were laughing their asses off at one of the most original films in a decade, and I sat there asking myself "What is this shit?"

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 12:58 p.m. CST

    I'm trying to think of a bad Tim Burton movie. Anyone?

    by ZodNotGod

    Try these: Batman, Batman Returns, Edward scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow, Corpse Bride Planet of the Apes, big fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Alice in Wonderland... His best: Pee Wee Ed Wood Beetlejuice

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 3:04 p.m. CST

    Wow, Zod...

    by Jon Forbing

    You obviously have a lot of hate for Tim Burton. Most of us like most of his older stuff. Though I personally agree with you on "Batman Returns". The first one was enjoyable, but the second one just went off the rails and paved the way for Schumacher's over-the-top BS.