Swamp Thing, the first film of director Tim Burton’s 1982 animated film about a group of street kids and their friends, was the biggest hit in Britain, with more than £100 million worldwide.
“It was a big hit for us,” says Burton, now 83.
“I thought it was a wonderful film, but I also felt like it was born out of the time of the Vietnam war, which was an awful time.
I just felt like we were in the wrong place, we were being invaded by the Russians, we weren’t doing anything right.”
It’s the same with “It’s A Swamp Thing”, the next film in the “It” series, which takes place in a swamp.
“We were in a time of war and a period of very violent things happening,” Burton recalls.
“In that period, the war was raging, so it was very traumatic for our kids to go out into the countryside, to go to school, go to see their friends.
“It A Swamp,” the sequel, is the first of three sequels, all about the same group of kids. “
They were in such a state of fear that they were just really in a state to live.”
“It A Swamp,” the sequel, is the first of three sequels, all about the same group of kids.
“The second one was the big hit,” he says.
“And then the third one was a bit of a disappointment because they were too frightened to go into the swamp.
“I’ve always been a big fan of superheroes,” he admits. “
“You know, the guys like Batman, the Green Lanterns, the Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, the Hulk. “
I’ve always been a big fan of superheroes,” he admits.
“You know, the guys like Batman, the Green Lanterns, the Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, the Hulk.
They’re all very good in their own right.
They can be a bit naughty and a bit mean, and sometimes that can be very dangerous.” “
But what I like about superheroes is that they have this sense of humour.
They can be a bit naughty and a bit mean, and sometimes that can be very dangerous.”
But Burton says he always found the superheroes he created, which include the Punisher, the Atom, and the Thing, to be “quite different”.
“It is very different in every way to the way they were written in the ’80s,” he laughs.
“There’s a difference in the tone.
There’s a little bit more of the dark, gritty and violent side of superheroes.
But I think it’s a great thing.”
What makes “It”?
Burton’s first movie is set in the early 1980s in the UK, and is about a gang of street teenagers and their teachers.
“Every now and then they’re in trouble,” he explains.
“When they’re out on their street, they’re often the only kids left in the world.”
“They’re a gang.
They do things in their head.
They don’t think for themselves, they do things that don’t have a logical explanation.”
“You’ve got to be a little stupid, but they’ve got it down.
They think it out, and they have it down,” Burton says.
The first film was also the biggest success for Tim Burton.
“After ‘It A’, I was thinking about the sequels,” he recalls.
“[But] I’d never made a movie with a budget of £1 million.
I was very excited about making ‘It’.
I was going to do another one with the same budget.
I wanted to do something a little more, and that was to do a series of films.”
The first of those films, “It and a Swamp”, was released in 1985, with Burton directing the second and third.
“That was very exciting for me because I thought it would be an interesting story to tell,” he remembers.
“This is a film that was about a bunch of street boys, which I’d always seen in cartoons and cartoons.
I thought we’d be able to tell a story about the real people that were doing it.”
“We didn’t think it was going go down the wrong path.
It went a little further than I’d expected,” he continues.
They were real people, which is always exciting.” “
What I liked about ‘It’ was that we really got into the characters of these kids.
They were real people, which is always exciting.”
“I liked that there was a sense of realism to it,” he adds.
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