Review: Burton on Burton


I forgot to review this, I read it a week or two ago. It’s been on my bookshelf for about a year. Finally starting to get through them all. There’s a lot I’m really excited about reading, particularly some my uncle got me.

Burton on Burton

I picked this up in HMV pretty cheap, I think along with The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy: And Other Stories (which I did read at the time). It’s no secret I love Burton’s work (aside from the Batman films), so to read about it was pretty interesting. I love knowing the process, the reasons they did this that and the other, the subtle things (like for instance in Big Fish, how when Edward’s standing in all those daffodils, how they’re real and not CG). If I like a film I’ll buy the DVD that has the director’s commentary (which is why I was pretty pissed that the special edition of Sweeney Todd has no commentary, the featurette makes up for that, sort of, I guess).

That said I think this is obviously a book for people who like his work, who want to know a bit more, why he does this that and the other. Some of it’s pretty funny. The intro by Johnny Depp is good. It was interesting to see why their relationship works so well. There was also a lot of things I didn’t know, that he animated some of the Fox and the Hound for example. I guess I never realised how hard it is to get a film made.

Amazon Summary

Tim Burton is one of the great modern-day visionaries of cinema, a director who has fabricated his own deliciously nightmarish universe in movies as extraordinary as Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands and Mars Attacks! – not to mention his twisted take on the tales of Batman, Sleepy Hollow, and Planet of the Apes. Coinciding with the release of his re-imagining of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with long-time comrade Johnny Depp, this updated and fully illustrated new edition of the definitive Burton interview book casts light on Burton’s Burbank childhood, his early work at Disney, the recurrent themes and stunning designs of his movies, and the creative obsessions that fuel them. One of the best – selling books in the series, this brings his career right up to date Includes interviews on all of his most recent films, including the long awaited Charlie and the Chocolate Factory He never gives interviews, so this is the one opportunity film fans will have of hearing Tim Burton’s opinions on his work.