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Podward Scissorcast is a miniseries on the films of Tim Burton.


Tim Burton: alumnus of the animation program at CalArts, goth-y fellow, filmmaker, Johnny Depp collaborator, blockbuster director.

So how in the world did Burton go from moody disaffected California suburbia kid, to Disney animator in the trenches, to directing the progenitor of modern superhero blockbusters which basically guaranteed him a blank check for the next twenty-five years of filmmaking? How have his series of muses on screen (Michael Keaton, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter) shaped Burton's own career in Hollywood? How about Danny Elfman's scores? Burton hasn't shown a lot of diversity in his casting... but was that all his doing, or do #TheTwoFriends have a couple of completely bonkers anecdotes about how some of his efforts on that front were thwarted?

And how many Merchandise Spotlights will Griffin do on the two Batmans alone?

Griffin and David have previously talked about Tim Burton as being an example of a "starter kit director," in that he's the type of filmmaker that aspiring film buffs can really latch onto as their first idea of what an auteur is in film. This is mostly because his movies are often accessible to younger viewers, he has a strong and consistent visual/design style, and his most well-known movies are all kind of about the same themes. Have these traits stayed with him all the way through his career? More info on this miniseries to come as the weeks go by.

Note that there a couple of animated features have been subtracted from this extensive directorial filmography listing; these will be part of the Blank Check: Special Features slate of shows for Patreon subscribers. However, #TheTwoFriends made a point of saying this will not be their modus operandi in the future, and normally all entries in a filmography for a miniseries will be covered in the regular feed. It's just that this particular miniseries was going to take so long, and they wanted to try to get to Dumbo as close to the release date as possible by offloading a couple of episodes into the supplemental feed.

This miniseries is preceded by the Something's Podda Cast miniseries on the films of Nancy Meyers. It is followed by the Cast of the Podhicans miniseries on the films of Michael Mann.


The speaker symbol (πŸ”Š) provides a link to the audio. Special features episodes with the check symbol (βœ”οΈ) have been released from behind the paywall.

# Title Audio Guest(s) Blank Check? Length Date
195 Pee-wee's Big Adventure πŸ”Š no 1:50 12/9/2018
196 Beetlejuice πŸ”Š Rebecca Bulnes no 2:13 12/16/2018
198 Batman πŸ”Š K. Austin Collins the Guarantor 2:00 1/6/2019
199 Edward Scissorhands πŸ”Š Julio Torres yes 1:45 1/13/2019
201 Batman Returns πŸ”Š Emily Yoshida oh yes 2:03 1/27/2019
202 Ed Wood πŸ”Š John Hodgman yes 2:06 2/3/2019
203 Mars Attacks! πŸ”Š Paul F. Tompkins yes 1:57 2/10/2019
205 Sleepy Hollow πŸ”Š David Lowery yes 2:37 2/24/2019
206 Planet of the Apes πŸ”Š Matt Singer yes 1:58 3/3/2019
207 Big Fish πŸ”Š Chris Gethard sorta 2:31 3/10/2019
208 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory πŸ”Š Pilot Viruet sorta 2:26 3/17/2019
209 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street πŸ”Š Michael Cerveris sorta 2:05 3/24/2019
210 Alice in Wonderland πŸ”Š Emily VanDerWerff no 2:08 3/31/3019
211 Dark Shadows πŸ”Š Jamie Loftus Depp's blank check 1:52 4/7/2019
212 Big Eyes πŸ”Š Richard Lawson sorta 2:04 4/14/2019
213 Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children πŸ”Š Emma Stefansky no 1:57 4/21/2019
214 Dumbo πŸ”Š Karen Han no 2:26 4/28/2019
Special Features
SF010 Corpse Bride πŸ”Šβœ”οΈ J.D. Amato 1:39 3/11/2019
SF016 Frankenweenie πŸ”Šβœ”οΈ Jordan Fish 1:37 4/11/2019

Ranking His Filmography[]

  • A long list of films means a lot of variables in play for the rankings. Should be a barn-burner.
  • At the conclusion of the miniseries, the Blankies rankings will compiled from a voting thread found on the r/Blankies sub-reddit.
Rank Griffin David blankies
1 Ed Wood Ed Wood Ed Wood
2 Batman Returns Beetlejuice Beetlejuice
3 Beetlejuice Batman Returns Batman Returns
4 Mars Attacks! Edward Scissorhands Edward Scissorhands
5 Edward Scissorhands Pee-Wee's Big Adventure Big Fish
6 Pee-Wee's Big Adventure Batman Pee-Wee's Big Adventure
7 Big Fish Sleepy Hollow Batman
8 Batman Mars Attacks! Mars Attacks!
9 Big Eyes Big Fish Sleepy Hollow
10 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Dumbo Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
11 Sleepy Hollow Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Dumbo
12 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Big Eyes Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
13 Dumbo Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Big Eyes
14 Dark Shadows Frankenweenie Frankenweenie
15 Corpse Bride Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children Corpse Bride
16 Frankenweenie Corpse Bride Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children
17 Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children Dark Shadows Dark Shadows
18 Planet of the Apes Planet of the Apes Planet of the Apes
19 Alice in Wonderland Alice in Wonderland
1,000,000 Alice in Wonderland