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Big Charlie and the Corpse Factory

I've just been to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Not altogether bad: sweet mental candyfloss with impressive performances from the kids and enough going onscreen to make it interesting. If you see it, go to a theatre with good acoustics, or you'll never be able to understand the songs when the music starts thumping.

Is it just me, though, or has Tim Burton gotten to be so much of a brand experience that you could mix scenes from any of his films with one another and end up with pretty much the same thing: you'd have some incomplete father-son relationship (Big Fish, Batman, Edward Scissorhands), Johnny Depp (The Corpse Bride, Ed), an aging British actor as father figure (Edward (Vincent Price), Charlie (Christopher Lee)) and frenetic music by Danny Elfman (no way I'm doing that list)...

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All that and Johnny Depp too. The hubby and I have decided. That's going to be our next "date movie."
But what about the Little People? Of Burton's work, I have only seen Batman and the Nightmare Before Christmas, and those two were different enough aside from being 'dark' that I don't see him as a brand yet. Though you missed the "Tom Jones" overlap.
Wasn't there some press around the time of Big Fish that made a big deal out of Burton's relationship with his own father? Can't provide a cite, regrettably, but some dim memory is throbbing now that you write that....

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