I like how Walt Disney Pictures officially introduces “Frankenweenie” in their press materials, “From creative genius Tim Burton (‘Alice in Wonderland,’ ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’) comes ‘Frankenweenie.’”
It’s not just Burton, either. Every single press release for, say, Timur Bekmambetov (Burton’s partner-in-crime on “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”, coincidentally) always begins with, “From visionary director Timur Bekmambetov…”
My current favorite, though, has to be the press brochures for “Dredd”, which boasts the film as being from “the endlessly inventive mind of writer Alex Garland and director Pete Travis…” Wow. “Endlessly inventive”? Just a tad hyperbolic, don’t you think, boys? So Garland is “endlessly inventive” but Travis is just, you know, “director Peter Travis”. I’m sure Pete liked that.
It’s getting a little ridiculous, to be perfectly honest with you. I wonder, though, if it’s the studio hyping these directors for brownie points, or if the directors’ agents have it in their contracts that they must be referred to as such?
(Tarsem Singh and Ridley Scott also get the same treatment, in case you were wondering.)
Oh wait, what was the point of this post again? Oh, right, here’s the second (first full) trailer for creative/visionary/groundbreaking/mastermind/futuristic God of the Universe Tim Burton’s “Frankenweenie”. It looks cute enough, but when was the last time kids clamored to watch stop-motion movies? They might start complaining that it looks “too fake”. Kids these days, am I right?
The stop-motion madness features the voice talents of Winona Ryder, Catherine O’Hara, Conchata Ferrell, Atticus Shaffer, Martin Short, Tom Kenny, Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan, Robert Capron, and James Hiroyuki Liao.
Revel in Tim’s genius this October 5, 2012.
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