Danny Elfman is one of our favorite musicians. From his groundbreaking work in Oingo Boingo to composing some of the most memorable film scores of all time, he is a true master of his craft. Elfman sat down with GQ to discuss his collaborations with Tim Burton on movies like Beetlejuice, Batman, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Edward Scissorhands.
Awesome Tim Burton
LEGO presents an epic recreation of the Batcave from Tim Burton’s 1992 flick Batman Returns. The 3981-piece LEGO Batcave features a detailed version of Bruce Wayne’s secret hideout inside a folding shadow box. A Batman logo cutout teases what’s inside, revealing amazing detail when opened. The set includes seven minifigs and a Burton-era Batmobile.
Boys and girls of every age, wouldn’t you like to see something strange? North of the Border takes us to the town of Halloween with a little Nightmare Before Christmas goodness. His latest sculpture does a great job capturing the look of Ken Page’s villainous Oogie Boogie, complete with glow-in-the-dark abilities.
Devon of MechanicalFiend is an expert at making detailed models and dioramas. She builds them from paperboard, cardstock, foam board, and popsicle sticks. To get us in the mood for her amazing miniature of Jack Skellington’s house from The Nightmare Before Christmas, she kicks things off with a little musical number.
Tim Burton finally gets to work on the franchise that’s been calling his name for decades – The Addams Family. This Netflix series follows the story of Wednesday Addams and her time as a student at Nevermore Academy. The show stars Jenna Ortega, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Luis Guzman, Gwendoline Christie, and Christina Ricci.
To promote their LYRIQ EV during Super Bowl LV, Cadillac remembers Tim Burton’s 1990 film Edward Scissorhands. Timothée Chalamet plays Edward’s son, who also has scissors for hands, and is pleased to find that the new Caddy has a hands-free driving mode. Winona Ryder reprises her role as Edgar’s mom Kim Boggs.
This special edition of the surgery board game Operation puts Oogie Boogie on the operating table. As you cut into the burlap baddie from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, you’ll find his insides are filled with snakes, bones, spiders, scorpions, bats, and bugs.
Here’s a pre-Christmas gift that’s perfect to hand over on Halloween. Based on Tim Burton and Henry Selick’s multi-holiday classic The Nightmare Before Christmas, the set includes 24 Funko Pocket Pop! vinyl figures ready to scare you behind its 24 doors. Though we’re not too sure about a 2″ tall Jack Skellington.
LEGO is showing off an awesome set based on the flying Batwing from Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman. The 2,363-piece advanced set measures 22″ wide and 20″ long once complete, and includes minifigs of Batman, The Joker, and the Boombox Goon. Now you just need a moon lamp to hang it in front of. Drops 11.1.2020.
To celebrate 80 years of Batman, here’s an epic LEGO kit of the Batmobile, based on its appearance in Tim Burton’s 1989 movie. The 3,306-piece model is 23″ long, and has a sliding cockpit and pop-up machine guns. Includes minifigs of The Dark Knight, The Joker, and Vicki Vale. Drops 11/29/19, with an exclusive mini replica through 12/5.
Screen Junkies takes a few minutes to remind us of the mess that was Tim Burton’s reluctant follow-up to his 1989 classic, a Batman movie with very little Batman and two too many villains. Even Michelle Pfeiffer’s skin-tight catsuit couldn’t save this movie from being a faint shadow of its predecessor.
YouTuber Journey’s End celebrates the 30th anniversary of Tim Burton’s Batman by giving it a retro-style black and white trailer reminiscent of the crime dramas of the 1930s and 1940s. The addition of music from The Big Sleep and Double Indemnity completes the effect. Here’s the rare original trailer for comparison.
“Journey into the mind of a director who’s constantly journeying into his own mind.” Screen Junkies takes on the staples of a Tim Burton movie, such as big spooky mansions, fat and rich villains, pale characters looking for acceptance, revenge or both, and much more.
Just in time for trick-or-treating, our church-bound pal Gud Nuse presents a fantastically dark and spine-chilling cover version of Danny Elfman’s classic This Is Halloween from Tim Burton and Henry Selick’s stop-motion masterpiece The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Director Fred China and his team are currently raising funds for a documentary about the creation of Tim Burton’s 1988 classic Beetlejuice, which features amazing, never before seen archive footage of production of the film’s clever visuals. (Thanks John!)