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...Carpathian Ridge – Dawn (Saturday, 5 AM) We descend upon Carpathian Ridge, a crescent-shaped cliff that extrudes from the dense Virginia evergreens above a deep rock canyon. The cliff marks the end of a dirt road that winds down from...

When the Golden Kids Met the Bright Young Men and Women

Popular Music and the Moving Image in Eastern Europe

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Book chapter

...Communist culture industry There is a song from the Czechoslovak dissident community, originally broadcast in English over Radio Free Europe during the 1980s, that lists an array of privileges, consumer goods and creature comforts only...

Childhood in Burbank – Cal Arts

Burton on Burton

Faber & Faber, 2006

Book chapter

...Tim Burton was born on 25 August 1958 in Burbank, California, the first son of Bill and Jean Burton. His father worked for the Burbank Parks and Recreation Department, while his mother ran a gift shop called Cats Plus in which all...

Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure

Burton on Burton

Faber & Faber, 2006

Book chapter

...Having finally left Disney, and with Frankenweenie receiving good word of mouth within industry circles, it was only a matter of time before Burton secured a feature to direct. What nobody, least of all Burton him-self, could have...

Hansel and Gretel, Frankenweenie and Aladdin’s Lamp

Burton on Burton

Faber & Faber, 2006

Book chapter

...Still employed at Disney, Burton next directed a live-action, all-Oriental version of the Grimms ’ fairy tale Hansel and Gretel which was produced for $116,000 for the studio’s then embryonic cable network The Disney Channel. Written by its...

Conflicts of Ambivalence: The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Warren Buckland

Warren Buckland is Reader in Film Studies at Oxford Brookes University, UK. He is the author of Film Theory: Rational Reconstructions (2012), Directed by Steven Spielberg (2006), and The Cognitive Semiotics of Film (2000). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Wes Anderson’s Symbolic Storyworld : A Semiotic Analysis

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Book chapter

...The core kinship structure in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) takes place between Ned (Owen Wilson) and Steve Zissou (Bill Murray): Is or is not Ned the son of Steve Zissou? This ambivalent kinship status carries over from...
...Following Ed Wood, Burton and producer Denise Di Novi once again collaborated with Nightmare Before Christmas director Henry Selick , producing a live action/animated version of Roald Dahl’s children’s story James and the Giant Peach...

Batman Returns

Burton on Burton

Faber & Faber, 2006

Book chapter

...While Burton was in Europe promoting the release of Edward Scissorhands, he admitted that Batman was the one movie of his that he didn’t feel close to and when, in 1991, he finally decided to direct the sequel, it was to enable him...

Corpse Bride

Burton on Burton

Faber & Faber, 2006

Book chapter

...Ever since The Nightmare Before Christmas Burton had been actively seeking another project that could utilise the medium of stop-motion animation. But in the intervening years the film-animation landscape had changed vastly, not least...

Disney and Vincent

Burton on Burton

Faber & Faber, 2006

Book chapter

...Burton joined Disney in 1979 and went to work as an animator on the studio’s The Fox and the Hound.Disney and I were a bad mix. For a year I was probably more depressed than I have ever been in my life. I worked for a great animator, Glenn...