Film Review: Dumbo

A live-action adaptation of the 1941 classic Disney animation of the same name, which was based on the novel by Helen Aberson and Harold Pearl, Dumbo follows a young elephant, whose oversized ears enable him to fly. Directed by Tim Burton, Dumbo becomes the star of a struggling travelling circus owned by Max Medici (Danny DeVito). But when the circus makes an incredible comeback, it attracts the persuasive entrepreneur, V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton). In his new home, Dumbo soars to new heights alongside a charming and spectacular aerial artist, Colette Marchant (Eva Green), but he soon needs the help of his friends – Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) and his children Milly (Nico Parker) and Joe (Finley Hobbins) – when they discover dark secrets beneath Dreamland’s shiny veneer.

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Film Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Based on Ransom Riggs‘s debut book and directed by Tim Burton, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children follows teenager Jacob (Asa Butterfield), who sets off to a mysterious Welsh island, using clues from his grandpa’s old photographs, to find out who his grandpa really was after his unexplained death. Led to a large, abandoned orphanage, run by the mystical Miss Peregrine (Eva Green), Jacob begins an adventure that spans different worlds and times. But the mystery and danger deepen as he gets to know the residents and about their special powers, as well as the powers of their enemies. Chosen to protect the Peculiar Children, Jacob must discover his own power to save his new friends from the nightmarish Hollows and Wights, who are led by the mysterious Mr Barron (Samuel L Jackson).

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Book v Film: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

“I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was.”

Based on Ransom Riggs‘s debut book and directed by Tim Burton, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children follows teenager Jacob (Asa Butterfield), who sets off to a mysterious Welsh island, using clues from his grandpa’s old photographs, to find out who his grandpa really was after his unexplained death. Led to a large, abandoned orphanage, run by the mystical Miss Peregrine (Eva Green), Jacob begins an adventure that spans different worlds and times. But the mystery and danger deepen as he gets to know the residents and about their special powers, as well as the powers of their enemies. Chosen to protect the Peculiar Children, Jacob must discover his own power to save his new friends from the nightmarish Hollows and Wights, who are led by the mysterious Mr Barron (Samuel L Jackson).

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You Should Be Reading: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

“I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was.”

The debut novel by Ransom Riggs, originally published in 2011, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a young adult book that combines a collection of vintage photographs with a narrative led by Jacob, a teenage boy who follows clues from his grandfather’s old photographs. Led to a large, abandoned orphanage on a Welsh island, Jacob begins an adventure that spans different worlds and times. But the mystery and danger deepen as he gets to know the residents and about their special powers, as well as the powers of their enemies. Chosen to protect the Peculiar Children, Jacob must discover his own power to save his new friends from the nightmarish Hollows and Wights, who are led by the mysterious Mr Barron.

Set to be released on 30th September, the film adaptation is directed by Tim Burton and stars Asa Butterfield as Jacob, Eva Green as Miss Peregrine, and Samuel L. Jackson as Mr Barron.

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DVD Review: Frankenweenie

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Directed by Tim Burton, Frankenweenie is a 3D black and white stop-motion that honours the 1931 film Frankenstein based on Mary Shelley‘s book. A remake of Burton’s 1984 short film of the same name, the film follows Victor (Charlie Tahan), a young boy who conducts a science experiment on his beloved dog Sparky in hopes of bringing him back to life, only to have to face the unintended, monstrous consequences.

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The Poster for Tim Burton’s ‘Frankenweenie’ Has Been Unearthed

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Walt Disney Pictures has released the first poster for Tim Burton‘s Frankenweenie this week.

Telling the story of Victor Frankenstien, a young boy (voiced by Charlie Tahan) who brings his dog back to life through the magic of science, the poster nicely highlights the film’s depressing nature. But then that’s what we love about Burton’s films so we wouldn’t want to expect anything more.

Opening in 3D and 2D cinemas on 5th October, the film also features the voices of Winona Ryder, Martin Short, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Landau, Atticus Shaffer, Robert Capron and Conchata Ferrell.

New Picture of An Undead Johnny Depp in ‘Dark Shadows’

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Warner Bros. has shared a new photograph of Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer this week, showing the undead couple in Tim Burton‘s retelling of the 1966-1971 classic gothic soap opera, Dark Shadows.

The film follows Barnabas Collins (Depp), a wealthy playboy who is transformed into a vampire and buried by a jilted lover, Angelique (Eva Green). After being dug up in 1752, Collins attempts to reintegrate with his descendants, led by Elizabeth (Pfeiffer) and Roger (Jonny Lee Miller), whilst he also crosses the path with various monsters, witches, werewolves and ghosts, all of whom have secrets.

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Take A Look At Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie

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A set of promotional photos have been released for Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie by Entertainment Weekly this week.

Frankenweenie tells the story of Victor, a boy who brings his dog back to life through the magic of science after it is killed in an accident. Sounds a little depressing, but then it’s Burton’s gothic side that makes us all such a fan of his work.

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