Tim Burton: An Illustrated Interview in the NY Times

In the wake of the release of a new film, Miss Peregrine’s home for Peculiar Children (based on the novel of the same title by Ransom Riggs), the NY Times conducted a peculiar interview with everyone’s favourite peculiar Director: Tim Burton.

Tim Burton has always been known for his particular illustration style, as well as the darker themes of his films – Corpse Bride, Nightmare before Christmas. Regardless of those themes (death, loneliness, etc.), Burton’s body of work also contains a certain playfulness that even lends itself to children.

Oddly, it feels as though the NY Times was able to accomplish the same tone – especially given that Burton sketched his own answers to the interview questions himself using pen, ink and watercolor.

Alongside his quirky animated sketches, Burton’s dark answers make you grin instead of shutter.

For instance, in response to the question “What makes you smile?”

Burton responds with a sketch of himself without colour, along with the caption: “How many worst days of my life can I have?”


Despite Tim Burton’s silly, and sad, answers, the interview is apt in that it showcases Burton’s true feelings in a way that matches his own aesthetic – or way of communication. They’re speaking his language to put it simply.

How would your ideal interview be conducted? Would you write your answers? Play an instrument? Draw?

We all have ways of communicating that are unique to us. Burton’s is definitely more fun to watch than most.


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