Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice!

My little cat Phoebe is all set for Halloween in the Lydia Deetz costume that I made for her.

Have a spooktacular Halloween everyone and I send my very best wishes to those affected by Superstorm Sandy! 

Sunday, October 21, 2012

It's Time for The Skeleton Dance!

October is turning out to be ridiculously hectic, and my 'To Do' list doesn't seem to be getting any shorter, so I decided my flagging Halloween spirit needed a little boost from Disney's, The Skeleton Dance (1929).

Reminder: Justine, of Justine's Halloween, is holding her annual virtual Halloween Blog Party on October 26. See details here.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

How Sunny Burbank Spawned a Delightfully Dark Burton

Young Tim Burton with a Pony and Older Tim Burton with a Skeleton

Today I stumbled across a fantastic Entertainment Weekly article, at, about Tim Burton's formative years growing up on Evergreen Street in Burbank, California. 

While his hometown may have been decidedly un-gothic, and young Tim grew up feeling "strange and isolated", he did have the Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery at the end of his street, which provided a sanctuary for him.
I guess it was a good place to think.
Many of the adults in Burton's young life apparently viewed him with a mix of frustration and dismay, but he was fortunate enough to have an art teacher who encouraged him, and with hindsight, he looks back on his Burbank upbringing with a certain appreciation.
“I felt quite miserable in a lot of ways and depressed. But no, I wouldn’t [change that], because it’s something that makes you who you are. I don’t think I would change anything, really, even though if you asked me back then I would have changed every single thing.” 

The picture of Burton as a child, in a Halloween skeleton costume made by his mother (above left), seems to foreshadow his Jack Skellington character, from The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993).

Tim Burton is pictured above, at the far left, with (left to right) his mother, dog Frosty, dog Pepe, and his brother, Daniel, holding a shrunken head bought by Tim. Pepe was the inspiration for Frankenweenie, which was first released as a live-action short in 1984, and is now a a stop-motion animated feature film. Frankenweenie is both a parody of, and homage to the 1931 film, Frankenstein, and also borrows from Burton's own childhood memories.

If you're a fan of Tim Burton, or even if you've ever felt like a misfit (in my case, both are true), it's an inspiring article. You can read it here.