Film Junk Premium Podcast #52: Tim Burton


It’s showtime! With the upcoming release of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children later this month, it was finally time for us to dive into the filmography of Tim Burton… his early filmography, that is. We decided to revisit his movies from the mid-’80s through to the late ’90s from Peewee’s Big Adventure to Sleepy Hollow (minus the Batman movies, which we’ve covered previously). Along the way we discuss his partnerships with Johnny Depp and Danny Elfman, his love of kitsch and gothic horror, his use of stop motion animation and practical effects, and his transition from quirky auteur to blockbuster veteran. So how much influence did Burton’s collaborators have on his style? Is there a specific moment where he sold his soul to Hollywood? Is Beetlejuice chock full of plotholes and inconsistencies? Is Mars Attacks underrated or underwhelming? Most importantly, is there a cure for Frank’s Timburculosis? Turn on the juice and see what shakes loose on this month’s premium podcast below.

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  • Dan

    Already done listening! I love the idea of Jack Nicholson consciously thinking to himself that he’s playing at an 8 on “the comedy scale”.

  • Colin

    Go balls Depp

  • Jonny Ashley

    Squirtin for Burton

  • Jason B

    You plagiarizing son of B. Last time I text you solid gold puns and let you steal them on these comments. Lol

  • devolutionary

    Deppatitis B vs Deppilepsy

  • Sam

    I vote Deppatitis B(urton)!

  • No one important

    That could be somewhat messy if the recipient has Depparrhea

  • Tommy

    The initial story for Beetlejuice is pretty nuts. I was hoping someone would bring it up.
    Graphic accident, BJ envisaged as a short Middle Eastern man who plans to rape Lydia and mutilates another younger daughter as a squirrel.

  • frankw35

    Jay, Jay, Jay. Your work with time machines has got you all out of sync, “Sleepy Hollow” takes place in 1799, not 1899. The short story it’s based on was written in 1820, and an 1899 setting would have had a far more industrialized look .being just a few years before Henry Ford developed assembly line fetus decapitation. Another great premium, guys. Oh, the climatic windmill in both Frankenweenie and Sleepy Hollow is a reference to the ending of the original Frankenstein and the beginning of Bride of….

  • Lori Cerny

    After listening to this premium, I have come to the sad realization that I never ever want to re-visit a Tim Burton film. I no longer consider his films magical or charming or even funny and certainly not cinematic.

    Perhaps it is old age and I’ve become cynical. Or, perhaps it is the taint of Depp & Burton & Reubens.

    By the way, is Pee Wee’s Big Adventure a re-imagining of 1948’s Bicycle Thieves?

  • Sean

    According to Wikipedia, it is indeed based on The Bicycle Thief / Bicycle Thieves although there is no credit given for that as far as I know.

  • Sean

    I did read that Beetlejuice was originally supposed to be a Middle Eastern man. I don’t think I knew the rest of that though.

  • iammattz

    Thanks guys, great stuff!

  • j-diggle

    Hate to do it to you Frank but Christopher Lee did not voice the science teacher in Frankenweenie, Martin Landau did. Guess you’ll have to give up your Burton Fan Club privileges for a month for that one.

  • bendoofus

    Loving the Twisted Sister discussion. lol

  • Karla Del Cid

    Hi! Ive recently relaunched an enamel pin project on Kickstarter, the project is to create enamel pins paying tribute to some Tim Burton film favorites. The designs available are from the following Tim Burton favourites; Beetlejuice, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Batman Returns, all designs are all created by me. Just wanted to share the project with other Tim fans. :) If you dig them, please support and share. Thank you for your time and kind consideration.