Tim Burton on Rainbow Goth Shit

May 3, 2011 § Leave a comment


Your latest film, Alice in Wonderland, seems very visually oriented, even more so than your earlier films. Was this intentional?


It was pretty intentional. You see, at this point, I’d say I’m most concerned about branding. If a character seems a bit nuanced, I’ll be sure to flatten it out so that it can fit into a plastic box and be marketed as an action figure. Will this sell to teenagers who wear “You laugh at me because I’m different, I laugh at you because you’re all the same” t-shirts? What’s the ideal ratio of Johnny Depp to white face paint for getting alternative preteens horny?

These are the kinds of questions that plagued my mind once I got the treatment. Great visuals make for great tchotchkes.


It’s ironic that you chose to adapt Alice in Wonderland for the screen, considering that your movies now constitute a space that leaves me wondering why I’m there.


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