Mar 23 2010

Frankenweenie Remake to Ruin the Word “Weenie”

Wocka wocka wocka!

Since our recent bashing of Tim Burton’s career is still fresh in your head, I thought I’d go ahead and share some more Burton news: Recently, Don Hahn confirmed at SXSW that Burton will direct a feature length animated version of Frankenweenie as his next project.  Hahn is executive producing.  The news of this remake is really nothing new, as it’s been rumored for some time now, but it’s still somewhat upsetting for a couple of reasons.

I have to ask: What was wrong with the original?  I thought it was quick and funny.  Has Burton reached the point in his career where he’s going to start remaking (and consequently ruining) his own films now?  And for Disney?  And in 3D?

Speaking of 3D, WHY Burton?  Didn’t you used to be a unique director who was anything but conventional?  You do realize that this 3D thing is a passing gimmick, right?  I’m about to just give up on you, dear sir, which is rather sad.

Full story at CHUD.

Mar 17 2010

Critical End! (The Podcast) #47: The styles you need and the brands you crave


If it looks good on a messenger bag, Tim Burton will adapt it. REVIEWED: Alice in Wonderland (2010). PLUS: Journeys Shoes? Still exists.

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Mar 3 2010

Tim Burton Now Apparently Taking Requests


abraham-lincoln-vampire-hunterIs it just me or is Tim Burton on total autopilot these days? I don’t want to say “parody of himself” just yet, but his most recent films are Alice in Wonderland, Sweeney Todd, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  Those are just three existing stories about which somebody said “Wouldn’t it be cool if this was kind of screwed up and goth?”  Of course there’s also The Corpse Bride, which is just a version of A Nightmare Before Christmas that Burton actually bothered to direct.

Following his theme of just doing whatever my 14-year-old self would have begged him to do, he’s now on board to direct an adaptation of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, which is one of them historical monster mashups done by the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies fella.  I guess that’ll be good?  Maybe?  I’m a big fan of a lot of Burton’s work, but this is such obvious material for him that I feel like I don’t even need to see it.  I wouldn’t mind seeing something from Burton that I’d never seen before, more in the vein of Big Fish than just another skewed-view re-imagining.

Well at least he’s not doing something silly like  a feature length version of Frankenweenie.