I can see myself now, walking through the Museum of Modern Art's Tim Burton exhibition, admiring grotesque little sketches of the filmmaker's work, ogling the macabre storyboards, eccentric puppets and never-before-seen moving image formats from unrealized projects. My eyes will water at the conception and production artwork from films like Batman, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Big Fish, Corpse Bride, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd, and an ongoing list of acclaimed work.
The exhibition won't launch for a while though, running from Nov. 22, 2009 - April 26, 2010. Still, that's plenty of time to plan a trip to the Big Apple to experience this nothing-short-of-awesome career retrospective on a man whose inspiration from pop culture has influenced his films—which, in turn, have greatly influenced pop culture. If you live in New York, that's even better! Multiple opportunities to pick the creator’s brain, I say.
The Tim Burton Collective's list of unrealized projects is just the sort of thing to brush up on before heading to MoMA. I'm hoping the exhibition will include his vision of Batman 3 (which he considered but Warner Bros. didn't support), his "Lost in Oz" TV project that didn't get the green light for a full series, and "Mai the Psychic Girl"—a manga-to-film project with Winona Ryder as the possible lead. THR reports MoMA will be screening Burton's 14 feature films and shorts, including Frankenweenie (opening 2010). Not to get hopes up too high, but maybe we'll get to see some stuff from his up-and-coming take on Alice in Wonderland.
What say you, Burton aficionados? Who's going to MoMA?