It’s impossible think of Tim Burton without picturing his unusual animation style, featuring the impossibly skeletal protagonists with eyes wider than a pothead’s at a fireworks display. Since the 1980s, Burton has been the auteur we all needed to shake up the scene of children’s movies and add a desperately needed edge to animation.
It’s no surprise, then, that now all of our classic Disney favourites are being given shiny, clean, live-action reboots, that people have been longing for something different. A return to basics, with perhaps a darker twist.
That’s where Andrew Tarusov comes in: he’s an LA artist who has made all our dreams come true by re-imagining our childhood favourites as they would be if Tim Burton gave them his more Gothic restyling.
And it’s gotta be said: the guy’s got talent!
Let’s face it: if there’s a theme Burton likes to include in his movies, it’s the notion of an outsider trapped in a society that can’t fully accept them. And who better to encapsulate that than Dumbo?
The Little Mermaid
Everyone knows of the original Little Mermaid story by now – and damn, is it grisly. Unsurprisingly, the Disney version glossed over the ripped out tongues and dramatic suicides, but Burton has never been one to shy away from death and darkness and could finally be the guy to combine the gloom of the original with enough cheer for the kids.
Frankenweenie/Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas, anyone? This tale certainly lends itself to the darker shades offered by our mate Tim.
Creating or restoring life has been another recurring theme across Tim Burton’s history of films. So why not revive an old classic, with the tale of a little wooden creature becoming a ‘real boy’?
Beauty and the Beast
And of course, we’d just have to see Burton tackle the greatest Disney movie of all time (I said, without a single degree of personal bias). He’s known for his fiery females, and Belle is perhaps the most outspoken of all the early Disney heroines. With a Gothic castle and a beast that isn’t quite as bad as he seems, there’s plenty for Burton to work with. Besides, didn’t he already re-make Beauty and the Beast when he released Edward Scissorhands?
I don’t know about anyone else, but after seeing that I don’t just want Burton to make these films – I need him to. Excuse me, I have a petition to start…