I’m sure we have all noticed that Tim Burton has gotten a bit weird and scraggly over the last few years and his movies don’t seem to be as magical as they used to be. Or maybe it’s just me. Or maybe it’s his weird obsession with Johnny Depp, who also doesn’t quite do it for me as much anymore. Or maybe it was that awkward dance at the end of Alice in Wonderland, a movie which I actually loved until that scene. You blew it, Tim.
Either way, like all things that held significance in my childhood, Mr. Burton will always have a special place in my heart. I was that weird kid who at 6 years old used to pretend that I lived in a haunted house, or a dark enchanted forest, and was always drawing dead trees and scary old houses at the tops of geologically impossible tall, skinny, winding hills.
At around this age, in the early to mid-nineties, three of my favorite movies in the world were Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, and The Nightmare Before Christmas. I was too young then to realize that all of these were Tim Burton movies, or to even understand that this kind of connection mattered when it came to movies, I just knew that I loved them and wanted to watch them over and over again. Basically, my whole life I’ve wanted to live in a Tim Burton movie.
(does it also now make a little more sense how I managed to survive and enjoy working at a Hot Topic for so many years? I still miss that sweet discount on the NBC mercy every holiday…)
So, with that said, imagine my extreme joy upon finding out about the newly released first trailer for Frankenweenie. The movie is based on Tim’s 1984 Frankenweenie (a live action short about a boy who attempts Dr. Frankenstein his dead dog) with a style reminiscent of Vincent (a 6 minute stop motion about a little boy who daydreams about being Vincent Price, narrated by Vincent Price. In other words, the story of my childhood.)
It is also a Disney film. I admit, I am partial to Disney and I am also a fan of tim burton + disney collaborations (nightmare before christmas vs. corpse bride, need I say more?)… and Disney makes great merchandise! Soooo, I will have fun with that on my frequent visits to the parks.
Okay, enough blather. Here is the trailer. Watch and enjoy. I don’t know about you, I think it looks wonderful, and I am so unbelievably excited for a new Tim Burton stop motion in his classic, creepy style. Naysayers be damned! Besides, it’s about a reanimated puppy. Who hasn’t at one point in their life thought about attempting to reanimate their dead pet? No? Just me? Okay then.