So, over the summer, Buzzfeed decided to play a little game with AI. They asked the AI to turn beloved Disney characters into something straight out of Tim Burton’s twisted imagination. The result? Well, let’s just say it was a bit like taking Elsa from “Frozen” and Princess Aurora from “Sleeping Beauty” and dropping them into the eerie world of Burton’s “Corpse Bride.” Creepy, right?
The article about this AI experiment went viral, but not everyone was laughing. Tim Burton himself was far from amused. In fact, he was downright horrified. In a recent interview with The Independent, he spilled the beans on how he felt about these AI recreations of his unique style.
“They had AI do my versions of Disney characters,” Burton shuddered. “I can’t even begin to describe the feeling it gives you. It’s like when some cultures say, ‘Don’t take my picture because it steals your soul.’ Well, this AI, it’s like a digital soul-sucker.”
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Burton didn’t stop there. He went on, “What it does is it sucks something from you. It takes a piece of your soul or your psyche; that’s pretty disturbing, especially when it’s all about you. It’s like a robot stealing your humanity, your soul.”
Now, if you’re wondering why anyone would even think of blending AI with the quirky minds of famous directors, you’re not alone. This trend of AI-created mashups with beloved auteurs is taking over social media. You’ve got AI-made videos reimagining “Star Wars” or “The Lord of the Rings” in the style of Wes Anderson. They’ve gone viral, too. So, what does Wes have to say about it all?
Tim Burton says he feels very at home in London.
“Where I came from, I felt like a foreigner. Growing up, I always felt like a foreigner. When I went to London… it was very strange. I felt it was foreign but I felt comfortable there. People were more eccentric.” pic.twitter.com/bxl6op7BCe
— Tim Burton Daily (@TimBurtonDaily) September 9, 2023
Well, during his summer press tour for “Asteroid City,” Anderson was asked about these AI creations, and he had a simple response. “If somebody sends me something like that, I’ll immediately hit the delete button and say, ‘Please, for the love of all things quirky, don’t send me more of these.’
I just don’t want to see it,” he confessed in an interview with The Times of London. “I mean, what if I start wondering, ‘Is that really what I do? Is that what I mean?’ It’s a rabbit hole I’d rather not fall into.”
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As for Tim Burton, he’s got other things on his mind. He’s currently hitting the press circuit to promote a brand-new art exhibition showcasing his peculiar creations. You can catch it at the Museo Nazionale del Cinema in Turin next month. But there’s a little hitch in his giddy-up.
Production on his highly anticipated film, “Beetlejuice 2,” has hit pause due to some strikes in the entertainment world. So, while AI is out there trying to mimic his style, Burton is just trying to keep the Beetlejuice sequel alive.
In the end, it seems AI and these legendary directors might not be the best of buddies. They’d rather stick to their own creative lanes, thank you very much.
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