One of my co-workers recently informed me that one of my favorite directors of all time, Tim Burton, allegedly has Autism. I got to thinking about it and, to me, it all makes sense. Take my favorite movie of all time, NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS. (Before people blast me with “Tim Burton didn’t direct Nightmare…” I am fully aware that Henry Selick directed the movie. However, Tim Burton came up with the idea, so I am crediting Tim Burton with it.)
In the movie NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, the hero, Jack Skellington, is kind of dejected, fed up, and just bored with his world, Halloweentown, and his place in the world. That is, until he discovers Christmastown. It goes from one extreme to the other. Meaning Halloweentown in very dark, dreary, and if you wanna go this route…mundane and boring. Very uneventful. Christmastown is very colorful, bright, and cheery. Everyone is happy and in a good mood. Jack sees things in a different light and wants to try something new…Christmas in Halloweentown. Of course, it all goes awry. Jack eventually sees what he has done and how what he tried to do, almost literally, went to Hell. Jack comes to terms with who he is and realizes he likes himself as he was before all this happened.
To me, this is a hallmark trait of Autism. I also question everything and am constantly trying to figure out where I fit in the “real” world. Maybe I am reading too much into this, but maybe–just maybe–Tim Burton is channeling himself through Jack in this movie. Maybe that’s why I like it so much…because I can relate.
Actually, come to think of it, all of Tim Burton’s movies have that surreal kind of feeling. They are all very unlike the real world. They are either very dark or very bright and whimsical. It is usually the first one, but Nightmare combines them. In Tim Burton movies, nothing is real, nor is it meant to be. This may be the way Tim Burton sees the world…very superficial and not his “reality”, as I do. If anyone else here agrees with me or if you would like to talk about this anymore, feel free to comment on my blog or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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