CinemaCon 2016: ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ footage description

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children seems like the type of book that was tailor made for the weird and twisted mind of Tim Burton. Sure enough, Tim Burton is adapting the popular book for Fox. At CinemaCon, Fox unveiled an 8-minute look at what to expect from the film.

The extended look starts with a sizzle reel of the many films that Tim Burton has directed throughout his vast career. Batman, Alice in Wonderland, Big Fish, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, Edward Scissorhands, and more are featured in the sizzle reel. All of it is to showcase the “visionary mind of Tim Burton” and how all these films have “led up to this.”

We see the beginning of the trailer that was released last month with Jacob Portman and Emma Bloom diving to the boat at the bottom of the ocean. Once we reach the island of Cairnholm, we are introduced to Miss Alma LeFay Peregrine (Eva Green). One by one she introduces Jacob to some of the peculiar children that live on the island.

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There’s Millard, a mischievous boy who happens to be invisible. We see how mischievous as Millard starts a bar fight by throwing beer in people’s faces. Olive, a girl who can make fire with her hands. Bronwyn, a little girl with superhuman strength. “Don’t underestimate her size,” Miss Peregrine says as we see Bronwyn effortlessly lift Jacob in the air. There’s Fiona, a teenage girl who can cause plants to grow from the ground. Hugh, a teenage boy who has a hive of bees living in his stomach. “Our resident lord of the bees,” as Miss Peregrine describes him. Claire, a little girl with an extra mouth hidden at the back of her head. Finally, we are introduced to Emma, a teenager who can control air, create bubbles that insulate air underwater, and must be weighed or attached to a rope to keep her from floating away.

Jacob realizes that Miss Peregrine has a peculiar power as well. “You can turn into a bird,” he says. Of course, the scene we see Miss Peregrine transforming into a bird. “I knew you were one of us since you were born,” Miss Peregrine says. “It’s time for you to learn what you can do.”

“I’m just ordinary,” Jacob says. “No, you’re not,” Emma replies.

“You were born to protect us,” Miss Peregrine says. Here is where we see Barron (Samuel L. Jackson) in all of his creepy glory. Samuel L. Jackson’s character is an original character that was never in the books. He commands a legion of various creatures including a necromorph-looking creature, skeletons, and a spider doll-looking creature. The creature design is very Tim Burton-like.

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“Promise me one thing,” Miss Peregrine asks. “Look after them Jake.”

“I promise,” he replies. As Miss Peregrine transforms into a bird and flies away we see various action scenes involving Barron’s creatures. Finally, we see the children back on Emma’s ship. Olive lights the fire in the ship’s engines, and finally we see the ship sailing away within the sea.

Overall, the film looks to be a throwback to old school Tim Burton. It’s majestic and weird.

What do you think? Sound off in comments section below.

From visionary director Tim Burton, and based upon the best-selling novel, comes an unforgettable motion picture experience. When Jake discovers clues to a mystery that spans alternate realities and times, he uncovers a secret refuge known as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As he learns about the residents and their unusual abilities, Jake realizes that safety is an illusion, and danger lurks in the form of powerful, hidden enemies. Jake must figure out who is real, who can be trusted, and who he really is.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children saves theaters on September 30th.

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