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Tim Burton [Paperback]

Jenny He , Ron Magliozzi , Tim Burton
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Nov. 12 2009
Tim Burton has reinvented Hollywood genre filmmaking over the past three decades. With a visual style inspired by the aesthetics of animation and silent comedy, Burton's work melds the exotic, the horrific and the comic, manipulating expressionism and fantasy with the skill of a graphic novelist. Published to accompany a major career retrospective at The Museum of Modern Art, this affordable volume considers Burton's career as an artist and filmmaker. It narrates the evolution of his creative practices, following the current of his visual imagination from his earliest childhood drawings through his mature oeuvre. Illustrated with works on paper, moving-image stills, drawn and painted concept art, puppets and maquettes, storyboards and examples of his work as a graphic artist for his non-film projects, this volume sheds new light on Burton and presents previously unseen works from the artist's personal archive.
Acclaimed American filmmaker Tim Burton (born 1958) is known for his dark, gothic films about quirky outsiders, many of which are both Hollywood blockbusters and cult classics. To date they have been nominated for 16 Academy Awards and have won six. They include Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (1985), Beetle Juice (1988), Batman (1989), Edward Scissorhands (1990), Batman Returns (1992), Ed Wood (1994), Sleepy Hollow, (1999), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Corpse Bride (both 2005) and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), among others. Alice in Wonderland is slated for 2010. Burton has collaborated extensively with composer Danny Elfman and with actors Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter.

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4.0 out of 5 stars It will leave Tim Burton fans wanting more Oct. 30 2009
By Parka HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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There's news that Tim Burton's coming up with an art book called The Art of Tim Burton. It's going to have 434 pages and should be released soon or early next month. This is not that book.

This book simply titled Tim Burton is an exhibition promotion book. It's published by The Museum of Modern Art to accompany the Tim Burton exhibition that's running on 22 Nov 2009 to 26 April 2010. The exhibition is going to have over 500 pieces of art created by Tim Burton himself.

In this book are only 64 pieces of art, and there are only 64 pages. You'll see coloured sketches, storyboards and sculpted models. It's a bit underwhelming but at least his creation and ideas are really cool to look at. Some of his work date back to the 80s when he's just starting out. Even then, his sense of design and artistic style is already established. There are also a few pieces of his personal work which are not related to movies.

For those interested in the story of Tim Burton, there are two essays of his inspiration and career, briefly looking through the different stages of his life.

I wish for a more detailed biography in the future. Tim Burton has created too many good movies and animation not to have one.

This little book should serve well as an exhibition guide, but will definitely leave the fans wanting more.

I highly recommend holding back the purchase of this book to see what The Art of Tim Burton has first.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm such a Tim Burton fan. June 16 2014
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This book is full of sketches That really draw (no pun intended) you into his wonderfully twisted mind. I'm such a fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great! Dec 16 2013
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Got this for my boyfriend as an anniversary gift. He loves Tim Burton and this book had great stuff inside.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Overpriced Nov. 3 2013
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I expected to get more for my money. After paying over $20 I expected more than just two chapters on Tim Burton and then only 30 or so pages of his drawings. It's definitely interesting, but I wish there was more to it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous little exhibition catalogue. Dec 27 2009
By Leila
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This is not meant to be a biography or an extensive overview of Burton's film career. It is an exhibition catalogue and, as such, is very satisfying. Both essays are accessible and interesting and the range of images is compelling and inspiring. Sketches are so much more rewarding than finished works in that they reveal the process of getting there. Journeys are always better than destinations. A must for fans.
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