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Tim Burton’s ‘Frankenweenie’: The Dog Finally Has His Day

Tim Burton’s latest film, Frankenweenie, opens in theaters around the country today–bringing full circle a project that began twenty-eight years ago.

By now, Burton’s characteristic creepiness and underdog loner heroes are familiar, beloved film staples. Children and adults alike relate to his recurring themes of darkness hiding behind the shiniest of facades, and goodness, light, and love residing in places and in people many would consider strange or even dangerous.

But in 1984, when Burton first filmed Frankenweenie–a live-action re-telling of the Frankenstein story in which a young boy resurrects his beloved dog–children’s movies were dominated by cuddly creatures and knights in shining armor. His short film was considered too dark for the likes of Disney and its counterparts, and it never got off the ground.

Ironically, Burton worked as an animator for Disney Studios at the time, but he knew that his future lay elsewhere. “I realize I was not good at their style. It was quite depressing,” he tells NPR. “Being a bad animator saved me. I’d be some alcoholic in the gutter somewhere drawing cute foxes.”

I, for one, am immensely grateful that he didn’t end up swilling cheap vodka while maniacally penciling wide-eyed bunny rabbits on discarded cardboard coffee cups. Otherwise, those of us who have spent countless hours losing ourselves in his worlds full of spirals and stripes and crooked angles, who have recognized something of ourselves in his misunderstood heroes–and who have a library full of films like The Nightmare Before Christmas, Sleepy Hollow, The Corpse Bride, and Edward Scissor Hands to prove it–may never have had the chance to count ourselves among his fans.

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Tim Burton Judging an Art Contest for the New Movie ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Killer’

To promote its new movie Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Killer, 20th Century Fox is holding an art contest seeking illustrations of either our great 16th President, Mr. Lincoln, or the vampires he slays in the film.

The very strange and awesome Tim Burton, also one of the makers of the film, is judging the contest with popular vote determining the five finalists. Entries are accepted on the movie’s Facebook page, and the winner gets a midnight screening of the film in their hometown. The film is in theaters June 22 and it looks incredible.

Total aside, if you still have a little artist in you, send us your depiction of what PR looks like. Details about that contest here. Entries due one week from today!

Museum of Modern Art Sees Movie Premieres As PR Opportunity

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[Tim Burton premiere photo by Michael Locasiano 2009.]

This post was written by Nancy Lazarus, consultant and new contributor to PRNewser.

New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has become a venue of choice for movie premieres and benefits in recent years. Rolling out the red carpet is a major transformation for the museum, whose prior events had been limited to staid black tie affairs for their art exhibit openings.

That changed after the museum’s renovation, when they hired new staff to oversee special programming and events. The museum’s communications, special programming and events staff spoke at PRSA New York’s panel on experiential marketing and buzz-worthy events held at MoMA on Thursday evening.

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