Dec 23, 2012

Victor Was Created in His Image

I've been too busy to find time to write a new entry for two weeks, because I had to finish my work no matter what in order to enjoy Christmas weekend with my wife. Fortunately I could finish it and last night my wife and I went to see "Frankenweenie" and ate Christmas and her birthday's dinner.

I love "the Nightmare Before Christmas" and "Corpse Bride" best in Tim Burton's films.

I guess that his animated films are more faithful to what is in his head than live action films. In his live action films, "Edward Scissorhands" might be the most personal film. Edward, who was played by Johnny Depp, represented what Tim Burton felt in his childhood. In a similar way, Tim Burton projected his feelings on Victor in "Corpse Bride" and "Frankenweenie." (The names of the central characters of these films were common.) Although Johnny Depp did a really great job in "Edward Scissorhands," a living actor can't be exactly what a director imagines. It is Victor that was created in his image.

"Frankenweenie" is a remake of his own short film of the same name, which was shot before his first major film "Pee-wee's Big Adventure." One's first work usually contains their possibility in their future. We can find every motif of Tim Burton's films in "Frankenweenie," for example, his affection for old horror movies in "Beetlejuce" and "Ed Wood", and his bad taste in "Mars Attack!" and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."

I have been wondering why Tim Burton's films are so popular despite they are full of his personal partiality. In the first scene of "Frankenweenie" Victor show his handmade motion picture to his parents. I guess that Tim Burton, himself, did the same thing. He has kept doing just what he wanted to do since he was a child until now. He just makes what is in his head in the form of films and shows them.

I love his films, because I find the partiality that I also have. People who love his films also have the same partiality, don't they?


  1. There you are! I was wondering whether I should send a search party to Zoshigaya Cemetery ...

    Enjoy the long weekend!

    PS: I'm going to see Skyfall tomorrow. I decided it's much better to spend the public holiday with a super-fit James Bond than with a metabo Santa Claus. ;)

    1. I was busy with digging out Soseki Natsume's body in Zoshigaya Cemetery and reviving him...