The Danny Elfman & Tim Burton 25th Anniversary Music Box Announced

Published by Seth Quillen in: Film,Music -- Date: 3 Oct 2010 Comments: 1


Warner Bros. Records is releasing the ultimate tribute to the music of Tim Burton films with The Danny Elfman & Tim Burton 25th Anniversary Music Box. This is truly a fan lovers dream, the massive box set features unreleased music and expanded soundtracks from the 13 movies Burton and Elfman have worked on together, an exclusive DVD with interviews and conversations between the two, a 250+ page book and a lot more. There is a limited numbered collectors edition of 1000 copies, after that I’m not sure if they will be selling more. Hit the Jump to see a clip and all the details about the set.

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Here’s what you get!
Collectible Zoetrope Box
A collection of music as unique as Danny Elfman’s for the film of Tim Burton needed to be housed in something equally special, wondrous, and whimsical. Designed to evoke a treasure chest found in a mysterious attic, The Danny Elfman & Tim Burton 25th Anniversary Music Box is a work of art in itself. Grammy-winning designer Matt Taylor has transformed previously unseen art by Tim Burton and crafted a large scale, tin-covered music box complete with an embedded music chip playing “The Music Box Suite” arranged and performed by Danny Elfman specifically for this historic collection.

And to literally top it all off, with a flip of the lid, a delightful working zoetrope is revealed featuring strips of art and photos by Tim Burton and Danny Elfman that come to animated life with a spin.

With compartments for the 16 expanded-score CDs, 250+ page hardcover book Danse Macabre: 25 Years Of Danny Elfman And Tim Burton, the bonus DVD “A Conversation With Danny Elfman & Tim Burton,” and the collectible Skeleton Key USB Drive, this is a massive box set worthy of any coffee table or desk.


Unreleased Music and Expanded Soundtracks
For the last 25 years, collectors and fans have been asking for expanded soundtracks featuring music left off the original album releases. Now, for the first time, all 13 Elfman/Burton film soundtracks have been enhanced to include additional masters of missing music previously excluded from their initial release.

In addition, this box set will include the premiere release of the original soundtrack album of Burton and Elfman’s first collaboration, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. After a quarter of a century, the original soundtrack recordings have been discovered, edited and mastered by Danny Elfman. Also included are highlights of the score’s re-recording.

This collection also includes bonus tracks of music created by Elfman for Tim Burton’s projects outside the world of cinema, including scores to television (Beetlejuice: The Animated Series and expanded versions of The Jar and Family Dog), the web (The World Of Stainboy), and the debut release of the incidental music to Tim Burton’s exhibit for the Museum of Modern Art.

A major, previously unheard rarity is the discovery of demos of Danny Elfman’s unused score for the Edward Scissorhands Ballet. Foreshadowing Elfman’s symphony, Serenada Schizophrana, and his Twyla Tharp ballet, Rabbit And Rogue, this unused score offers a fascinating glimpse into one of Elfman’s most beautiful and ambitious works.

For a glimpse behind the scenes of the creation of his music, Danny Elfman has reached into his archive to find rare, never-before-heard work tapes and score demos, including early drafts of his music for Batman, Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Batman Returns, Big Fish, and Alice In Wonderland.

Elfman has also unearthed early demos of the songs from his three Burton musicals (Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, and Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride) featuring Elfman singing all the parts of all the characters. Song’s cut from these films have also been discovered, including “Erased” from Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride and an unreleased rock song, “This Time,” created to promote The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Another sight into Elfman’s process is provided via percussion and synth-and-percussion-only versions of his innovative score to the Planet Of The Apes.

As a bonus treat, instrumental, orchestra-only versions of all the songs from each of his musicals have become part of this compilation. A sampling of fascinating foreign-language versions of songs from The Nightmare Before Christmas are also part of this package.

Another bonus feature is the inclusion of Elfman’s demos of the themes for the Burton-produced animated feature, 9.

Fan-requested rarities and obscurities have also been included, such as the “Beetlejuice Commercial,” the film version of “The Landing” from Mars Attacks!, the film version of the “Christmas Eve Montage” from The Nightmare Before Christmas, additional battle music from Alice In Wonderland, and versions of “Victor’s Piano Solo” and “The Piano Duet” from Corpse Bride appear without dialogue. Even the Singing Elves have been added back into the mix of Nightmare’s “What’s This?”

To help celebrate this unique 25th anniversary commemorative release, Danny Elfman has arranged and recorded four exclusive Music Box Suites featuring new, music box-flavored renditions of songs from such scores as Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands, and Pee-wee’s Big Adventure.

This collection has also allowed Danny Elfman a unique opportunity to remaster his scores with particular emphasis on improving sonics on both Batman and Sleepy Hollow. In the case of Batman, a better-sounding source of the music was located and re-edited to re-create a superior version of this legendary soundtrack album.


Exclusive Bonus DVD
“A Conversation with Danny Elfman & Tim Burton”

On September 12, 2010, legendary director Tim Burton and celebrated composer Danny Elfman sat down in the control room of London’s renowned Air Lyndhurst Studios to discuss their 25-year collaboration. The results, an exclusive DVD—A Conversation With Danny Elfman & Tim Burton—provides a fascinating glimpse into the minds behind the movies and music as they discuss every film and score in their storied collaboration. From the fear and excitement of their first feature Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, through the challenges of Batman, through the struggles and ultimate triumph of Alice In Wonderland, these two men reminisce about a partnership that has spanned a quarter century and redefined how we listen to movies.

With humor, candor, and insight, Burton and Elfman remember the creation of classics like The Nightmare Before Christmas, Beetlejuice, and Edward Scissorhands.

This hour-long bonus DVD was created exclusively for this Music Box collection.


Skeleton Key USB Flash Drive
As a collectible created exclusively for this treasure box of music, a distinctive Skeleton Key USB Flash Drive has been designed—inspired by the art of Tim Burton. A pull of the key unlocks a USB drive loaded with MP3s of the entire contents of this Limited-Edition Music Box. From Pee-wee’s Big Adventure through Alice In Wonderland, it’s all there, including all the bonus tracks, demos, work tapes, and other rarities.


Exclusive 250+ Page Hardcover Book
THE DANNY ELFMAN & TIM BURTON 25TH ANNIVERSARY MUSIC BOX is accompanied by a fine linen-wrapped hardbound book with gold foil stamping produced exclusively for this collection. This meticulously researched and lavishly illustrated 250+ page book features a foreword by Johnny Depp, as well as rare photos, stories, and interviews from the cast and crew, behind-the-scenes of this classic music—from the early days of Elfman’s band Oingo Boingo to the recent blockbuster film, Alice In Wonderland.

This comprehensive 10″x10″ keepsake book, DANSE MACABRE: 25 YEARS OF DANNY ELFMAN AND TIM BURTON is written by acclaimed film-music journalist Jeff Bond and designed by Grammy-winning designer Matt Taylor.

Also accompanying each CD are newly created liner notes by Danny Elfman discussing each expanded score and their bonus material of Additional Masters, Song and Score Demos, Work Tapes, Orchestra-Only Song Mixes, and Foreign Language Versions.

Over 80 actors, writers, directors, composers, editors, singers, and others were interviewed to paint a compelling picture of this historic teaming of Elfman and Burton.


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  1. One Comments to “The Danny Elfman & Tim Burton 25th Anniversary Music Box Announced”

    1. Stephen B. says:

      Seems can be ordered at BestBuy – the price is a better (lower) one than the price accounced on Warner Bros official site.

      It all might depend on whether this sells out even in the stage of pre-orders, possible could go either way.


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