Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Fundamentals & Fairy Tales: Burton's Hyperreality

David Breskin: What is the purpose and the function of fairy tales?

Tim Burton: I think it has to do with whatever that young impulse is - whatever you want to call that. Who are we? How are we created? What else is out there? What happens when you die? All that stuff is unknown. Life is unknown. Everything is under the umbrella of life and death and the unknown, and a mixture of good and bad, and funny and sad, and everything at once. Its weirdly complicated and I find that fairy tales acknowledge that. They acknowledge the absurdity. They acknowledge the reality, but in a way that is beyond real... Therefore I find that more real.

Fraga, K. ed., 1991 "Tim Burton Interviews (Conversations With Filmmakers Series)" pg.66, University Press Of Mississippi.