Anyone who has seen and heard their work knows that composer Danny Elfman and director Tim Burton possess ample stores of artistic conviction and quirky, off-kilter sensibility. The pair have enjoyed a long working relationship, but Disney fans know them primarily from their work together in , which will be shown at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood from October 21-31 in 3D (with some suitably special 4D effects!), and , which this year grossed more than $1 billion at the global box office. These two now-classic films have continued to inspire and charm generations of fans, with Elfman’s distinctive sonic signature the ideal complement to Burton’s utterly original cinematic visions. Now these two titanic artists have combined their talents once again, this time for a definitive collection of their collaborations, and as you might expect from these two prodigious artists, it’s a museum-worthy collection that truly earns the description definitive.
The Danny Elfman & Tim Burton 25th Anniversary Music Box consists of 16 CDs, each packaged with artwork by Burton, contains more than 19 hours of music from all 13 Burton/Elfman films, including seven hours of previously unreleased music rarities, Nightmare score extensions, additional masters, cut songs, song demos, work tapes, orchestra-only song mixers and foreign-language songs.
“I think there’s even stuff of me singing in the car,” Elfman laughs. Additionally, the Music Box will contain a bonus DVD of an exclusive conversation between Elfman and Burton discussing every film and score in their remarkable quarter century collaboration including Disney’s blockbuster Alice in Wonderland, a Skeleton Key USB Flash Drive containing MP3s of all the music, and a meticulously researched, lavishly illustrated 250-plus page hardbound book featuring a foreword by Johnny Depp.
“There’s everything you ever wanted to know,” Burton says. “And didn’t want to know,” Elfman responds, as if on cue. “It takes two people to carry it home,” Burton laughs.
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