Most Tim Burton films are huge box-office successes, and several are already classics. The director's mysterious and eccentric public persona attracts a lot of attention, while the films themselves have been somewhat overlooked. Here, Alison McMahan redresses this imbalance through a close analysis of Burton's key films (Beetiejuice, Ed Wood, Batman, Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow) and their place within the filmmaking industry. She argues that Burton has been a crucial figure behind many of the transformations taking place in horror, fantasy, and science fiction films over the last two decades. McMahan also demonstrates how Burton's own work draws on a huge range of artistic influences: the films of Georges Melies, surrealism, installation art, computer games, and many more. The Films of Tim Burton is the most in-depth analysis so far of the work of this unusual filmmaker - a director who has shown repeatedly that it is possible to reject mainstream Hollywood contentions while maintaining critical popularity and commercial success.
"McMahan's verbal lucidity is as impressive as the visual designs of Burton's films, and much more accessible. From Burton's early campy stop-action tribute to Vincent Price (Vincent) through his blockbuster films like Batman, the author paints this director's oeuvre as an intertextual, idiosyncratic, and fascinating set of projects. However, what is unique about McMahan's approach is her larger cultural and contextual concerns with "animating live action in contemporary Hollywood," considerations that inform and direct her lively analysis. She is as interested in narrative, marketing, mythmaking, CGI and SFX, and the music of Danny Elfman as she is in the individual films. She closes with an invitation to consider other alternative postmodern directors such as Barry Sonnenfeld (Men in Black). Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readers; all levels." - Choice, January 2006--Sanford Lakoff "CHOICE "
|Burton Does 2-D: From Animation to Machinima||p. 20|
|Burton and Narrative: From His Television Work to Big Fish||p. 45|
|Burton does 3-D: Hollywood's Transition to CGI||p. 80|
|Burton's Batmans: Myth, Marketing, and Merchandising||p. 121|
|Buron's Reimaginings: Ed Wood, Planet of the Apes, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory||p. 157|
|The Music of Danny Elfman||p. 193|
|Other Pataphysical Directors||p. 216|
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Number Of Pages: 262
Published: 24th June 2005
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.66 x 15.6
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 1