Tim Burton at MoMA

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The director Tim Burton doesn’t just make enchantingly loony movies like Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Batman and The Nightmare Before Christmas. He also makes enchantingly loony paintings and drawings, which he’s been scribbling away at since his suitably alienated childhood in Burbank, California.

This week the Museum of Modern Art in New York opened a big show devoted not only to Burton’s films but to those works on paper and in other media. I caught up with him last week in one of the galleries of that show, where we talked on camera about the role of drawing in his own creative processes, artists who influenced him, and whether some of his monsters don’t look a little vulnerable.