This is what Tim Burton was working on long before he was the Tim Burton. In 1976, he submitted this children’s book, The Giant Zlig, to an editor at Walt Disney Productions for publishing.
I am submitting this book in hopes that you might consider publishing it. The book has been layed [sic] out in rough form, and I would be glad to make any changes that you feel would be nessecary [sic]. I would hope to hear from you either way. Thankyou.
Sadly, The Giant Zlig was rejected. You can see his rejection letter here. I bet that editor feels like an ass. Aren’t we glad he kept at it? Take note. Perseverance, people. [Letters of Note] Keep reading »
“They say Tim and I are a mad couple with subterranean tunnels between our adjoining houses, and that our children live down the road with another couple. We just have two houses knocked together because mine was too small. We see as much of each other as any couple, but our relationship is enhanced by knowing we have our personal space to retreat to. It’s not enforced intimacy. It’s chosen, which is quite flattering. … Tim does snore, and that’s an element. We’ve tried lots of remedies that don’t work. He has a deviated septum and doesn’t want an operation.”
—Helena Bonham Carter confirms the rumors that she and Tim Burton sleep in separate beds and live in different households, and explains that this makes their relationship stronger. Maybe if they stopped working together on every single movie, living together wouldn’t seem like such a big thing? [E! Online] Keep reading »
I heart twisted Tim Burton movies: “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure,” “Beetlejuice,” “Edward Scissorhands,” “Ed Wood,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas” … I’m just reading off my DVD shelf here. So there was no way I was going to wait one more minute to see his interpretation of “Alice In Wonderland.” I did my nails Burton-style and was at the first showing at midnight last night/this morning and let me tell you, despite all the hype, I was not disappointed! You should totes ignore the negative reviews and see it in 3-D for yourself … I still can’t believe Disney let him make this movie! Here are 10 things I was thinking after seeing the flick. Keep reading »
“I personally find it especially flattering that he tends to deform me in every movie. But my mother and everyone ask me, ‘What is it with you and him?’ But that’s the point of acting isn’t it? It’s all dress-up.”
— Helena Bonham Carter on working with partner Tim Burton, who directed her most recently as the Red Queen in “Alice in Wonderland” [LA Times] Keep reading »
T-minus one week until Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland
” opens in theaters, and several new clips are making their rounds on the interwebs today. And I gotta admit that while I was once psyched about the 3D IMax trip-fest, the clips just seem a little … snoozy. Above, see the White Queen (otherwise known as Anne Hathaway
) make Alice a magic potion and, after the jump, see Alice meet the Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter) for the first time. What do you think? Will you be lined up to see this flick opening night, or will you be boycotting and clinging to your DVD of the animated 1951 version? Keep reading »
Everything Tim Burton touches turns to genius. So we’re pretty excited that his next project looks like it will be the story of “Sleeping Beauty,” from the perspective of Disney’s most villainous villainess, Maleficent. The movie will hopefully fill in all those question marks we had with the original movie. Like jeez, why so pissed off, lady? Or how do you get those crazy arches on your eyebrows? And, as the most sinister Disney villain, why didn’t you think of just killing the prince? [AintItCool] Keep reading »
“Edward Scissorhands” director Tim Burton inspires (and makes a cameo in) the October issue of Harper’s Bazaar in an over-the-top-goth layout shot by fashion photographer Tim Walker. It’s a spooky, ragtag romp through a land populated by Burton-esque giant skeletons, rabbit girls in heels without heels, and flaming-haired sirens wooing the undead. More bizarre images after the jump. Keep reading »
If you haven’t been to a museum in a while, we have one very good reason why, come fall, you should. From November to April 2010, never-before-seen art by Tim Burton will be on display at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. The exhibit will feature 700 works, including 14 films, as well as puppets, doodles, costumes, cartoons, childhood drawings, and sculptures from the ultimate pop-culture surrealist. We expect it’ll be surreal, surprising, and awesome. Be there or be watching the trailer for his version of “Alice in Wonderland.” [NY Times] Keep reading »
Tim Burton is one of my favorite directors. I know “The Nightmare Before Christmas” by heart and left the theater with goosebumps after seeing his twisted remake of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” Not to mention that I admire his constantly casting Johnny Depp! Which is why I could not contain my excitement upon seeing the new promotional photos for Burton’s upcoming rendition of “Alice in Wonderland.” It’s just like Burton to take a children’s fairytale and warp it, and by the looks of these pictures, we’re in for one dark fall down the rabbit hole. In this creepily surrealist version, Alice lands back in Wonderland 10 years after her first visit, but she has absolutely no recollection of being there the first time around. Oh, and did I mention that this movie will be shown in 3-D and that you can explore the CGI scenery thanks to this cool USA Today gadget?
Sadly, the movie won’t be out until March 5 of 2010. So to tide you over, here are our favorite of the publicity images. Keep reading »