Last year, we went to the Tim Burton exhibit at the MOMA museum. The exhibit mostly showcased his drawings and art-school work, but they also had a collection of film-related ephemera. Attendees weren’t officially allowed to take photographs of anything inside the museum, but I just had to stealthily take out my cell phone for one forbidden shot (below).
My determination and defiance of museum rules was fueled by my childhood fascination with one part of Burton’s movie PeeWee’s Big Adventure: PeeWee’s run-in with the truck driver Large Marge. She scared the crap out of PeeWee, and me, in the following horrific scene (click to watch it on YouTube).
My little brother and I used to rewind the VCR and watch that one on slo-mo, so freaked out were we at Large Marge’s transformation. Just imagine how ecstatic I was to see a glass case of the actual eyeballs used to make Marge’s monster eyes bulge out! It was a delightful surprise, and the highlight of the exhibit for me.