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Tim Burton Brochure Animation Final

Tim Burton Brochure Animation Final

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Taking inspiration from popular culture, Tim Burton (American, b. 1958) has reinvented Hollywood genre filmmaking as an expression of personal vision, garnering for himself an international audience of fans and influencing a generation of young artists working in film, video, and graphics. This exhibition explores the full range of his creative work, tracing the current of his visual imagination from early childhood drawings through his mature work in film. The Tim Burton Exhibit brings together over seven hundred examples of rarely or never-before-seen drawings, paintings, photographs, moving image works, concept art, storyboards, puppets, maquettes, costumes, and cinematic ephemera. On display as well are unrealized and little-known personal projects that reveal his talent as an artist, illustrator, photographer, and writer working in the spirit of Pop Surrealism. The gallery exhibition is accompanied by a complete retrospective of Burton’s theatrical features and shorts, as well as a lavishly illustrated publication.

Tim Burton
ENTER THE MIND OF

TIM BURTON
11 W 53rd St, Between 5 & 6 Ave NYC, NY

HOURS

Sunday 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Monday 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Tuesday closed Wednesday 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Thursday 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. (Open until 8:45 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month and every Thursday in July and August) Friday 10:30 a.m.–8:00 p.m. Saturday 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Animated Films

ADMISSION

Adults $20 Seniors (65 and over with ID) $16 Students (full-time with current ID) $12 Children (16 and under) Free

November 22 to April 26, 2010

Animated Films
Tim Burton began making short films in his back yard using crude stop-motion animation techniques, or by shooting them on 8 mm film without sound. After a series of live-action films, Burton wrote and produced (but did not direct, due to schedule constraints on Batman Returns) The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), originally meant to be a children’s book in rhyme. The film was directed by Henry Selick and written by Michael McDowell and Caroline Thompson, based on Burton’s original story, world and characters. The film received positive reviews for the film’s stop motion animation, musical score and original storyline and was a box office success, grossing $50 million. The movie helped to generate a renewed interest in stop-motion animation. In 1996, Burton and Selick reunited for the musical fantasy James and the Giant Peach, based on the book by Roald Dahl. The film starred Richard Dreyfuss, Susan Sarandon, and Jane Leeves to name a few. The film was mostly praised by critics, and was nominated for the Academy Award Best Music, Best Original Musical or Comedy Score (by Randy Newman). Corpse Bride (2005) was Burton’s first full-length stop-motion film as a director, featuring the voices of Johnny Depp as Victor and Helena Bonham Carter (for whom the project was specifically created) as Emily in the lead roles. In this movie, Burton was able to again use his familiar styles and trademarks, such as the complex interaction between light and darkness, and of being caught between two irreconcilable worlds. Corpse Bride received an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature Film. In 2005, filmmaker Shane Acker released his short film 9, a story about a sentient rag doll living in a post-apocalyptic world who tries to stop machines from destroying the rest of his eight fellow rag dolls. The film won numerous awards and was nominated for an Academy Award. After seeing the short film, Burton and Timur Bekmambetov, director of Wanted, showed interest in producing a feature-length adaptation of the film. Also directed by Acker, the film was written by Pamela Pettler (co-writer of Corpse Bride) and starred Elijah Wood, John C. Reilly, Jennifer Connelly and Christopher Plummer, among others. Tim Burton’s animated films are reknowned for their dark essence, childlike whimsy and often eccentric characters. The secret relies in his great ability to portray multiple dimensioned characters, which combine a scary, extravagant, inhumane and even creepy appearance with a deep, intimate, sweet and human psychology. Weird as it may seem, the audience gets to identify in a personal way with characters who are “horrific” and dead like Beetlejuice or the Corpse Bride, or evil and damaged like the Joker or Sweedney Todd, or specially “handicapped” like Edward who belong to fantastic and radically different worlds from ours. Moreover, the contrast between the dark, grotesque and weird appearance of many of his characters with their humanistic psyche, is in fact a great metaphor and a critique of social prejudices towards the importance we place on outer appearances.

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