By Lin Parkin
October 18, 2013
Tim Burton, a celebrated and mysterious film director, producer, writer, poet, artist and animator, has produced some of the most intriguing animated movies of our time. His originality and slightly awkward sensibility shines through all of his films.
While searching for Halloween movies to watch with my son, Burton's films came up over and over again. It's no surprise. His movies contain an element of the macabre, but delicately balance the spooky with humour.
While some of the animated films may not be appropriate for children under 8, they are a perfect combination for celebrating Halloween, especially for those looking for a fun spooky romp without being subjected to the horrors contained in what I refer to as "terror films."
Join VOX Daily as we take a look at some of Tim Burton's animated feature length films to watch this Halloween.
A young orphaned boy with terrible aunts for guardians befriends human-like bugs who live inside a giant peach, triggering an eventful journey across the sea from England to New York City - where dreams come true. James and the Giant Peach is a Walt Disney musical fantasy film based on the 1961 novel by Roald Dahl. The film is a combination of live action and stop-motion animation and has Burton's signature stylization all over it.
After another successful Halloween, Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloweentown, seeks out new meaning and stumbles upon Christmastown. Not quite understanding the concept of Christmas, his mission to make Christmastown his own puts Santa in jeopardy and creates a nightmare for good little boys and girls everywhere. On October 15th, 2013 The Nightmare Before Christmas celebrated its 20th year. With its offbeat originality this stop-animation musical fantasy will stand the test of time.
In the presence of a deceased young woman, a shy groom practices his wedding vows. Assuming he has married her, she the former bride to be rises from the depths of her grave to take him into the Land of the Dead. The bewildered Victor learns the story his new "bride," who was murdered on the night of her secret elopement.
Part parody and part homage to the 1931 film Frankenstein, Frankenweenie is a horror spoof with a heartfelt, oddball story that follows young Victor as he conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences.
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All the best,
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