Tim Burton Brings Back the Original Film’s Classic Effect with Stop Motion Animation


  • Beetlejuice Beetlejuice
    sequel by Tim Burton features stop-motion animation, returning to handmade quality that defines his work.
  • Cast members from original reunited along with new additions, promising visually stunning and emotionally resonant film.
  • Beetlejuice Beetlejuice
    is rumored to focus on family dynamics, exploring new narrative territory with whimsical and macabre elements.

Tim Burton, the renowned director behind the original Beetlejuice, is once again at the helm for the long-awaited sequel to the 1988 horror-comedy classic. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Burton shared that Beetlejuice Beetlejuice is currently in the editing phase of post-production, with a special emphasis on reviving the stop-motion animation technique that contributed to the unique charm of the first film.

It needed a back-to-basics, handmade quality. It reenergized why I love making movies.

Burton’s decision to incorporate stop-motion animation into the sequel is a nod to the handmade, artisanal quality that has become a hallmark of his work. “It needed a back-to-basics, handmade quality,” Burton remarked. “It reenergized why I love making movies.” The director is no stranger to this animation style, having previously directed ‘Corpse Bride’ and ‘Frankenweenie,’ as well as producing classics like The Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach.

The sequel, Beetlejuice Beetlejuice, is penned by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar and is based on a story by Seth Grahame-Smith. It reunites Burton with key cast members from the original film, including Michael Keaton as the eccentric ghost Betelgeuse, Winona Ryder as Lydia Deetz, and Catherine O’Hara as Delia Deetz. Newcomers to the franchise include Jenna Ortega as Lydia’s daughter Astrid, Monica Bellucci as Betelgeuse’s wife, Willem Dafoe as an afterlife detective, and Justin Theroux as Rory.


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Michael Keaton has expressed his enthusiasm for the sequel, promising fans a visually stunning and emotionally resonant film. “It is really good and beautiful. Beautiful, you know, physically. You know what I mean?” Keaton said. “The other one was so fun and exciting visually. It’s all that, but really kind of beautiful and interestingly emotional here and there. I wasn’t ready for that, you know.” Similarly, Jenna Ortega, known for her role in ‘Wednesday,’ described the upcoming movie as “visually exciting” and hinted at a significant focus on the mother-daughter relationship between Lydia and Astrid.

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While specific details about the plot of Beetlejuice Beetlejuice remain under wraps, cinematographer Haris Zambarloukous has indicated that the sequel will center around a “brilliant, warm family story.” This emphasis on family dynamics, particularly the tension between Lydia and her daughter Astrid, suggests that the sequel will explore new narrative territory while retaining the whimsical and macabre elements that made the original film a cult classic.

Beetlejuice Beetlejuice
is scheduled to premiere on September 6, 2024.

As Beetlejuice 2 continues to take shape in post-production, fans of Tim Burton’s distinctive style and the original Beetlejuice film are eagerly anticipating the return of beloved characters and the introduction of new ones. With Burton’s commitment to a handmade aesthetic and a focus on emotional storytelling, the sequel is poised to be a memorable addition to his filmography and a worthy successor to the 1988 classic.


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