Filmography: Tim Burton Has Redefined Whimsy For Decades

Charlie, Alice, Dumbo, and Pee-wee serve as the basis for this week's discussion

Pee-wee's Big Adventure, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alice in Wonderland, Dumbo

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Our fourth season of Filmography, on the films of genre-blending dreamer Tim Burton, continues with our third episode, “Burton’s Whimsy”. This week, CoS Film/TV Editor and host Dominick Suzanne-Mayer is joined by editorial director Matt Melis and Chicago literary performer Natalie Marsh. Together, they discuss Burton’s shifting approaches to “whimsy” as a broad concept, the ways in which some of his most vivid imagined worlds have been met by diminishing returns, how Burton’s conception of the fanciful has followed him through different eras of his career, and much more.

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This week’s discussion is focused around the following features:

Chapters: Introduction (0:11), Burton’s Whimsy: A Discussion (1:40), Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (9:05), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (26:33), Alice in Wonderland (44:14), Dumbo (1:00:11), Intermission (1:17:17), Sight [Cinematography/Editing/Visuals] (1:17:20), The Lasting Image (1:41:05), Sound [Music & Score] (1:46:05), Closing Remarks (1:56:36)

We’ll see you next Thursday, April 18h, for our four episode: “Pop Burton”.

In case you missed them, full seasons are currently available surrounding the filmographies of Wes Anderson, Stanley Kubrick, and John Carpenter.


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