Tim Burton The Nightmare Before Christmas Analysis

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Tim Burton was influenced by Dr. Seuss and Grimm’s fairy tales, his films are characterized by dark stories and rhymes. Dr. Seuss influenced one of Burton's films, The Nightmare Before Christmas. “It is easy to see the influence of Dr. Seuss's imagination in Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Grimm’s fairy tales have been described as “violent and grisly,” even Walt Disney Studios adaptations underestimate it’s sinister elements. Burton didn’t intend to fade away it’’s dark elements. “Burton, however, embraces the dark elements.” As the reader can see, Burton’s inspiration comes from Grimm’s fairy tales and Dr. Seuss. In many of his films, Tim Burton, uses music and sound, lighting, and types of shots to set the setting and tone of his films. In the opening scenes of Edward Scissorhands, Burton uses high key and low key lighting to contrasts the two characters. For example, as the Avon lady approaches the castle you see beautiful green plants, bright flowers in the flower garden, the actor’s clothing is a bright purple, and the outside of the castle and the walkway leading to the castle is a bright color. The use of high key lighting in this scene makes the viewers feel as if the castle is a happy home. When the Avon lady enters the house, you see the lighting…show more content…
For example, in Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, Burton utilizes low shot and high shot when the five golden ticket winners at Wonka’s gate. This shows the factory is enormous and these people are very small and powerless against it. If Burton wants the audience to see a character feel intimidated or threatened, low angle is used like in Edward Scissorhands when Peg first stands outside the gate of Edwards castle. This gives the tone of her being a helpless woman walking into a large, intimidating house. As the reader can see, types of shots is critical for the films setting and
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