In a new interview with Indiewire, visionary director Tim Burton discusses the inspiration and process behind his new film Frankenweenie, a feature-length remake of his 1984 short. He also mentions that he would consider one day making films independently.
Burton says that Frankenweenie, about a boy who resurrects his dead dog, was inspired by his realtionship with his childhood dog, who wasn’t expected to live long: “I always thought this was a really safe way to explore those things for kids without being really hardcore about it because at some point when you’re young, either a pet or a grandparent dies, and it’s a bit abstract.”
In his desire to appeal to children, Burton went straight to the quintessential source of chidhood entertainment, Disney. However, when asked if he’s interested in pursuing independent filmmaking, he admits that he has considered it: “When you don’t have the pressure of gigantic budgets and dealing with certain things, it can be good.”
Burton speaks like a truly artistic filmmaker when he explains that he isn’t discouraged when his films don’t do well, as with the recent Dark Shadows. His fans would agree that lackluster box-office performance isn’t a sign of a bad film. Burton cites one of his fans’ favorite films to explain: “Ed Wood was probably my best-reviewed movie… And yet that was maybe the biggest bomb of all.”
Here’s hoping Burton continues to make films with such unbridled creativity, perhaps independently.