Tim Burton: my directorial decisions are emotional not intellectual – TV interview


Like many of the characters in his earlier movies, such as Alice in Wonderland, Frankenweenies and Edward Scissorhands, the central character in his latest picture “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” Jakob, is an aloof dreamer, who finds comforts in a fictional world  full of characters born out of his imagination. In this TV interview I conducted with him, he admits that these stories resonate emotionally with him because he grew up as a solitary child in Burbank, LA, where he spent his time in his bedroom fantasizing about monsters.

Since he made his first animated short “Vincent” at Disney in 1982, Burton has applied varied cinematic forms and different color pallets to tell his stories, without losing his gothic signature. He explains that his choice of telling a story in live action (Dark Shadows) or animated film (Frankenweenies) and whether to shoot it in Black/white (Ed Wood) or Color (Big Eyes) stems from an emotional response to it, not from ab intellectual reasoning.

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