In Contention's Top 10 Best-Designed Tim Burton Productions
With 'Dark Shadows' on the way, we look at the director's penchant for art direction
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7. "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" (Production Designer: Alex McDowell)
Alex McDowell is still criminally without an Oscar nomination despite some of the most inspired work of the last decade or so. Burton knew what he was doing tapping him for his Roald Dahl adaptation in 2005 and what came out the other side was a burst of CGI-enhanced creativity, the seeds of some of the bloat that would come in "Alice in Wonderland," yes, but a feast for the eyes nevertheless.