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Sunday, December 13, 2009

The Art of Tim Burton Book Review

The Art of Tim Burton Book Review

Released by: Steele’s Publishing

Our Take: We love Tim Burton.  Not in an admire his artwork from afar, nothing that sane.  I mean we LOVE Tim Burton.  He is an absolute artistic genius and our fanboy cups runneth over with this new Art of Tim Burton book release.  The director of such legenary films as Batman, Batman Returns, Beetlejuice, Sweeney Todd and more, Burton has created production art and personal artwork over the years and this collection has to be an enormous portion of that.  When you get an art book its generally a sampling.  This book feels more like an ultimate portfolio.

The contents include production art from Edward Scissorhands, Batman, Batman Returns, The Nightmare Before Xmas and other films.  It also has a huge majority of original Burton art.
The book is heavy..and when I mean heavy I mean it weighs in at over 8lbs!  The Standard Edition comes hardcover bound, while the Deluxe Edition is slightly different in design with a hardcover slipcase included.  The Deluxe Edition also includes an autographed lithograph and are hand-signed by Tim Burton.  I know there is a huge divide in cost between the Standard and Deluxe Editions..we’ re talking like $230 worth of divide, but its well worth the extra cost for any serious Tim Burton fan.

Product Details: For the first time ever a comprehensive look at the personal and project artwork of Tim Burton.

Standard Edition: Hardcover with over 1000 illustrations and 430 pages plus foldouts.
Deluxe Edition: Hardcover with cloth slipcase, Hand signed inside cover, Includes numbered and individually signed lithograph – ready for framing, not folded.

The Art of Tim Burton is the definitive compilation of forty years of Tim Burton’s artistry, including film concepts and hundreds of illustrations from his personal archives, edited under the creative guidance of Burton himself. This comprehensive 434 page book is grouped into thirteen chapters that examine common themes in Burton’s work, from his fascination with clowns to his passion for misunderstood monsters, to his delight in the oddities of people. Many of Burton’s friends and collaborators offer their thoughts, insights and anecdotes about Tim Burton’s style and artistic approach to life.

Artwork from the following films and projects are included in this book: Alice in Wonderland (2010), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Corpse Bride (both 2005), Big Fish (2003), Planet of the Apes (2001), Sleepy Hollow, (1999), Mars Attacks! (1996), Ed Wood (1994), The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), Batman Returns (1992), Edward Scissorhands (1990), Family Dog (1987), Batman (1989), Beetlejuice (1988), Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (1985), Frankenweenie (1984), Vincent (1982), and Hansel & Gretel (1982). The book also contains additional drawings from his illustrated book of poetry The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories (1997), and from The World of Stainboy web shorts (2000).

Text By: Leah Gallo, Design by: Holly Kempf, Edited by: Derek Frey, Leah Gallo & Holly Kempf

Personal text contributions by friends and fellow creatives including:
Allison Abbate, Colleen Atwood, John August, Rick Baker, Helena Bonham Carter, Felicity Dahl, Johnny Depp, Danny Devito, Danny Elfman, Carlos Grangel, Ray Harryhausen, Martin Landau, Rick Heinrichs, Christopher Lee, Lindsay Macgowan, Shane Mahan, Ian Mackinnon, Alex Mcdowell, Victoria Price, Ken Ralston, Paul Reubens, Deep Roy, Winona Ryder, and Richard Zanuck.

The Art of Tim Burton will not be sold in bookstores or on
In the US it is available online only at and!
Quantities are limited – order your copy today!

In Europe and the United Kingdom The Art of Tim Burton Standard and Deluxe Editions are available from Forbidden Planet London and may be ordered by clicking here or visiting the store.

Standard Edition: $69.99


Deluxe Edition – $299