Pic of the Day: Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Behind the scenes of the making of Tim Burton's Edward Scissorhands

(Above) On the set of Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands (1990). Here’s Burton on his view of the monster as hero, from a 1992 Rolling Stone interview.

Q: Did you identify with the monster (growing up)?

A: Completely! Every kid does. They were always taking the monster and kind of prodding him and poking him, especially the (movies) of the Fifties. The way those movies were structured, the heroes were always these bland actors with no emotion. They were the suburbanites to me.

For more set pics from Burton’s career, check out this gallery spanning all 17 of the director’s features.

Behind the Scenes: Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (1985)


Tim Burton Behind the scenes of Pee-Wee's Big Adventure

“There’s a lotta things about me you don’t know anything about, Dottie. Things you wouldn’t understand. Things you couldn’t understand. Things you shouldn’t understand.” – Pee-Wee Herman, rebel

To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the release date of Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (1985), star and co-writer Paul Reubens has put up a few rare behind the scenes stills on his website. Here’s a sampling. Check out Reubens’s sight for more. Continue Reading ›

Behind the Scenes: The Films of Tim Burton

“Visions are worth fighting for. Why spend your life making someone else’s dreams?” – Orson Welles (played by Vincent D’Onofrio) in Ed Wood (1994)

“We don’t have permits. Run!” – Ed Wood (Johnny Depp) in the same film

Box office prosperity has never had a great deal of correlation to artistic quality when it comes to movies, but few directors have a filmmography where that relationship is as inversely proportional as Tim Burton’s. Which is a wordy way of saying that the more money a Burton film seems to make (i.e. Planet of the Apes, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alice in Wonderland), the less likely I seem to be to enjoy it. That equation is summed up by the fact that my favorite Burton outing (1994’s Ed Wood) was by far his least attended. Ed Wood put so few butts in seats upon release that the same year’s Monkey Trouble, Lightning Jack and House Party 3 all more than doubled its box office take.

Below is a look back at Burton’s paradoxical career through a series of Behind the Scenes pics detailing the making of all 17 of the director’s feature films. I like to think that on each of them, Burton channeled Bela Lugosi (or at least Martin Landau’s incarnation of him) with the call to arms, “Let’s shoot this fucker.”

 

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