The World of Tim Burton Exhibition in Tokyo

I finally got to see the famous Tim Burton exhibition yesterday, at the Mori Arts Center in Roppongi Hills. Although I usually don’t like visiting museums and staring at pictures on the wall, I absolutely loved this exhibition. I’m a huge fan of Tim Burton’s art, and every piece that was shown, from napkin drawings to elaborate paintings, was absolutely stunning.

This giant blue character welcomed visitors.



The entrance design was very Tim Burton-esque. We got a good chance to appreciate it because we had to line up for about 10 minutes there. Saturday night is VERY crowded.


And… that’s it for the pictures ! Obviously, pictures were forbidden inside.

The exhibition started with small drawings Tim Burton made on napkins. They were very impressive. Then, we could see actual works, divided by themes : holidays, carnival, movie characters, etc. Explanation boards were in both Japanese and English, and offered interesting information. Throughout the exhibition were impressive 3D repliquas of some of the characters. Among others, I remember the Frankenweenie characters, some characters from Nightmare before Christmas (but not Jack or Sally), Corpse Bride characters and three Oompa Loompas.

Some short movies were also shown, including Stainboy, which I like a lot. There was also a real version of Robot Boy, which head sometimes open and close without warning, surprising visitors nearby. Finally, earlier works were shown, as well as different types of work to show Tim Burton’s versatility.

The shop at the end had a lot of choice, but everything was quite expensive. T-shirts, books, keychains, traditional Japanese style omiyage (pretty box containing individually wrapped sweets), figures, postcards, note books, Willy Wonka chocolate… I ended up buying nothing because I didn’t really know what to buy.

The entrance fee is 1,800 yens for adults, but I got the 1,300 yens student price. Overall, I think it’s worth it if you are a real Tim Burton fan.

For the hardcore fans, some restaurants nearby offered special thematic food for the exhibition. Apart from the blue cake, it doesn’t look so “Tim Burton” to me, but oh well…

On our way back, we could appreciate the Roppongi Hills Christmas Illumination, which started earlier this month.


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