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The World of Tim Burton starts with Ichabod Crane

Posted in Books, Johnny Depp, movies by Anna Maria Polidori on November 8, 2014

Sleepy Hollow and Johnny Depp one of the main protagonists chosen by Hot Toys

For all Tim Burton/Johnny Depp’s fans, there is a great news and an opportunity.
This November in fact in Japan begins an important celebration for Tim Burton: The World of Tim Burton and Hot Toys is delighted to introduce this novelty: Ichabod Crane’s 1/6th scale Collectible Figure.

 

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As you will see from these pictures there are some differences between the old version and the new images of Johnny Depp developed and with a different dress and other accessories seen in the movie.

All Johnny Depp’ s fans can pre-order this figure.

The legend of Sleepy Hollow is a classic of the American Literature very read and appreciated by generations of Washington Irvin’s fans.

In 1999, large_hD2cL4eNEloYdu5RnFXQlVWDkXTa new perspective, completely re-read and re-written by Andrey Kevin Walker was launched on the big screen by one of the most appreciated team/couple in the history of the cinema: Tim Burton and Johnny Depp.

The movie is simply enchanting, sometimes comic, pretty Gothic and of course strong in other parts. What there is to say about this version for the big screen of Sleepy Hollow is that the drastic decision of changing more than some bits, was a sort of necessity and exigency of the creators. They wanted mainly to focusing on different prospects from the ones illustrated by Irving in the original tale published in 1820.

New thematic emerged in the middle of the ’90’s.

A more complicated society, the appearance of new technologies. The same roles of the main protagonist portrayed by a stunning Johnny Depp is drastically different. In the tale Ichabod was a teacher.

Washington Irving describes Ichabod in the tale: “He was tall, but exceedingly lank, with narrow shoulders, long arms and legs, hands that dangled a mile out of his sleeves, feet that might have served for shovels, and his whole frame most loosely hung together. His head was small, and flat at top, with huge ears, large green glassy eyes, and a long snipe nose, so that it looked like a weather-cock perched upon his spindle neck to tell which way the wind blew”.

His character: “From his half-itinerant life, also, he was a kind of travelling gazette, carrying the whole budget of local gossip from house to house, so that his appearance was always greeted with satisfaction. He was, moreover, esteemed by the women as a man of great erudition, for he had read several books quite through, and was a perfect master of Cotton Mather’s “History of New England Witchcraft,” in which, by the way, he most firmly and potently believed“.
A pleasure: “….Was to pass long winter evenings with the old Dutch wives, as they sat spinning by the fire, with a row of apples roasting and spluttering along the hearth, and listen to their marvelous tales of ghosts and goblins, and haunted fields, and haunted brooks, and haunted bridges, and haunted houses, and particularly of the headless horseman, or Galloping Hessian of the Hollow, as they sometimes called him. He would delight them equally by his anecdotes of witchcraft, and of the direful omens and portentous sights and sounds in the air, which prevailed in the earlier times of Connecticut; and would frighten them woefully with speculations upon comets and shooting stars; and with the alarming fact that the world did absolutely turn round, and that they were half the time topsy-turvy!

Johnny’s character is very different. He is not a teacher as said in the original tale by Irving, but a skeptical investigator called by the people of the little town for trying to sorting out the mystery of these very weird and horrible departures. Someone was in fact killed always in the same modality: the head was cut out from the rest of the body.

Ichabod is skeptical in general and terrorized per nature.

Who, in fact could believe that an entire town was cursed by a ghost without…Head, galloping most of the time during the night and that, as main sport he loved to cut the throat of several people of the same Sleepy Hollow?

 

This movie is a masterpiece.

 

 

 

Anna Maria Polidori

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