Thursday, September 30, 2010

Pre-Order Elfman & Burton Music Box

You can now pre-order the celebratory collector's set at

Here's a video promoting the release, with the longtime collaborators chatting:

Here is the official press release:


Warner Bros. Records will be releasing The Danny Elfman & Tim Burton 25th Anniversary Music Box, a very special limited-edition, numbered box "Collectors Edition" of 1000 that collects expansions of the 13 original scores that Elfman has composed for Burton's iconic films. This is a newly-produced library of 16 CDs each packaged with artwork by Burton, adding up to more than 19 hours of music, including 7 hours of previously-unreleased Masters, demos, work tapes and other rarities.

Tim Burton & Danny Elfman 25th Anniversary Music Box


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Additional highlights of The Danny Elfman & Tim Burton 25th Anniversary Music Box include:

* Among the 19 hours of music are seven hours of previously unreleased music including such rarities as additional masters, cut songs, song and score demos, work tapes, orchestra-only song mixes, and foreign-language songs.
* Danse Macabre: 25 Years of Danny Elfman and Tim Burton: A meticulously researched, lavishly illustrated 250+ page fine linen-wrapped hardbound book, entitled with gold foil stamping, and featuring a foreword by Johnny Depp. The book also includes rare photos, stories, and interviews from the cast and crew behind the scenes of this classic music — from the early days of Elfman's band Oingo Boingo to the recent blockbuster film Alice in Wonderland. Interviewed are such collaborators and peers as Guillermo Del Toro, Phillip Glass, Paul Haggis, James Newton Howard, Tom Jones, Michael Keaton, Ang Lee, Errol Morris, Thomas Newman, Catherine O'Hara, Jon Peters, Paul Reubens, David Rockwell, Scott Rudin, Marc Shaiman, Howard Shore, Twyla Tharp, Gus Van Sant, and Richard Zanuck. This comprehensive 10"x10" keepsake book is written by acclaimed film-music journalist Jeff Bond and designed by Grammy-winning designer Matt Taylor.
* An hour-long exclusive, newly filmed DVD featuring an extended conversation between Burton and Elfman as they reflect on their quarter-century collaboration.
* As a collectible created exclusively for this treasure box of music, a distinctive Skeleton Key USB Flash Drive has been designed—inspired by the art of Tim Burton. A pull of the key unlocks a USB drive loaded with MP3s of the entire contents of this Limited-Edition Music Box. From Pee-wee's Big Adventure through Alice In Wonderland, it's all there, including all the bonus tracks, demos, work tapes, and other rarities.
* Newly created liner notes by Elfman discussing each expanded score and their bonus material of additional masters, song and score demos, work tapes, orchestra-only song mixes, and foreign language versions.

A collection of music as unique as Elfman's for the films of Tim Burton needed to be housed in something equally special, wondrous, and whimsical. Designed to evoke a treasure chest found in a mysterious attic, The Danny Elfman & Tim Burton 25th Anniversary Music Box is a work of art in itself. Grammy-winning designer Matt Taylor has transformed previously unseen art by Burton and crafted a large scale, tin-covered music box complete with an embedded music chip playing "The Music Box Suite" arranged and performed by Elfman specifically for this historic collection. And to literally top it all off, with a flip of the lid, a delightful working zoetrope is revealed featuring strips of art and photos by Burton and Elfman that come to animated life with a spin.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

"Frankenweenie" Puppets Revealed

Concept art and two puppets from Tim Burton's upcoming film Frankenweenie have been revealed. Some of the artwork dates back to around 1984, when the original live-action short was made when Burton was a student at Cal-Arts. But the stop-motion puppets of Victor and Sparky are new to the world, and, as indicated by their monochromatic color scheme, have at least been tested in black and white tones. Hopefully, the final film will also be in black-and-white, just as Burton intended. The film will also be shot in 3D.

Ken Turner has provided even more images:

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

"Frankenweenie" Voice Cast Announced!

Tim Burton revisits some of his old ideas and collaborators. Not only is he finally making a feature-length version of his live-action short, Frankenweenie (and stop-motion, no less!), 26 years later, but his cast consists of actors that he has previously worked with. has announced that Winona Ryder (Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands), Martin Landau (Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow), Catherine O'Hara (Beetlejuice, The Nightmare Before Christmas), and Martin Short (Mars Attacks!) will be lending their voices to the animated film.

Ryder and Landau will play the characters of Elsa and Mr. Rzykruski, while O'Hara and Short will each play five supporting roles, including Victor's mom and dad.

Frankenweenie will be unleashed in theaters on March 9th, 2012.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Glenn Shadix, 1952-2010

Tragic news: actor and Tim Burton collaborator Glenn Shadix passed away. He was 58 years old, and died in his home in Alabama. Here is the information from his official website:

"It is with great sadness and pain that the family of William G. “Glenn Shadix” Scott announces his passing this morning.

A memorial service will be held at Lakeside Baptist Church, 2865 Old Rocky Ridge Road, Birmingham, on Saturday, September 11th at 2 p.m.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made in Glenn’s name to the Theatre Department of the Alabama School of Fine Arts, 1800 8th Avenue, Birmingham, AL 35203."

Glenn Shadix is best known for his role as the pompous interior decorator in Tim Burton's 1988 film, Beetlejuice. He also appeared in Burton's Planet of the Apes in 2001, supplied his voice for the Mayor in The Nightmare Before Christmas, and lent his voice to the early flash animation series The World of Stainboy, created by Tim Burton in 2000.