Tim Burton's "Hansel and Gretel" is a live action and stop motion animated film short featuring Japanese actors and striking set designs reminiscent of his later work in films such as "... See full summary »
I felt when watching this film that we are getting a glimpse at what's going on in Tim Burton's head (much like we do with anything else he creates). The film is quite strange and with a run-time of less than 8 minutes, it's hard to really develop any kind of plot line. This, of course, is quite needed because we as the average viewer may not understand the concept of what a "stainboy" actually is. Once the film is over, we question everything we had seen before. We see Stainboy and he is told by a chief that he can go home because there is no trouble in their town. He goes home and turns on the TV. A commercial for stain remover comes on and he begins to get sad. You see, he is basically a stain himself. He lays down and remembers his life filled with rejection and sadness. He is abandoned by his parents and sent to live with a bunch of other freaks. At the center, the chief from the beginning shows up and mentions Stainboy by name. He faints and returns to his reality where the chief is telling him to get up. This time, the chief is in his home and we see on the TV the same scene from the beginning. This raises the question of how much we have just seen is actually true. Is he actually a stain, or does he just feel so rejected? Was he actually abandoned or does he just feel that way because he feels different? I think this is a very personal movie and most people will just think it's stupid. Look beyond the face value and try and find the meaning behind it. I think Tim Burton is expressing his true feelings and he does so in a very original and creative way.
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