Tim Burton has, let’s be honest, fallen from grace. When he directed Beetlejuice then Batman in 1989 I, in my teeage angsty way, declared him a God among men. By the time he got to Mars Attacks I had lost faith. With Alice in Wonderland I was a Burton athiest.
That said, I still love Ed Wood and Sleepy Hollow and count them in my top movies list. Burton’s direction, the askew design and characters and Danny Elfman’s gorgeous gothic scores are perfect.
However, one movie that I watch quite regularly is Frankenweenie. The short is an extra on The Nightmare Before Christmas DVD and is the embodiment of what made Burton beautiful. So I am cautiously optimistic here.
Do I wish Henry Selick was directing? Absolutely, Coraline is one of my favourite movies, hauntingly beautiful and so full of genius and wonder that it demands repeated viewing, that said, Burton still has greatest left in him I feel.
Here’s the teaser, let us know what you think…
Here’s the original short for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy: