A lot of Tim Burton's early artwork in his MoMA retrospective consists of pitches for movies he never got to make... and they'd make some kick-ass films today. Here are the best Burton monsters and mutants that deserve screen time.
Gotta love the attention to detail here. "It's dancing horseshit," "music by the Beatles," and "The Movie Everyone Is Buzzing About!"
A closer look
Stalk of The Celery Monster (1979) A short short.
Romeo And Juliet, the Monster Movie!
Little Dead Riding Hood (1981)
Hansel and Gretel (1982). A storyboard from a Hansel And Gretel movie pitch, takes us to a world where the walls melt candy.
His hands are gardening tools. This was one of the many superhero villains Burton dreamed up, and he's very Edward Scissorhands-like.
Another villain, Dr. Brain, who needs two assistants to hold his head up at all times, or else it cracks open — see the right image. If only Burton got his own superhero movie, where he could dream up an entire new team of heroes and baddies.
Superman Lives - Brainiac
And finally here's a genuine concept art from Tim Burton's Superman movie with Nic Cage, that never saw the light of day. Still this is a pretty bad-ass Brainiac.
Superman Lives- Superman
And this is his Superman, who looks like Johnny Depp.