- Actor-Inspired Element: O-Lan Jones arranged and played the organ music Esmerelda plays in the film.
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- Dawson Casting:
- DVD Commentary: Two - One with Burton, and one with Danny Elfman that combines this with an isolated music track.
- Dyeing for Your Art:
- Enforced Method Acting: Being rather frail of health at this point, Vincent Price fainted under the hot studio lights in the scene where he dies. Tim Burton reportedly kept the shot of him on the floor in the final movie.
- Fan Nickname: The Signature Scene where Edward makes an ice sculpture and Kim dances in the "snow" he makes is frequently referred to as "the ice dance."
- Inspiration for the Work: When writing the storyline, Burton and Thompson were influenced by Universal Horror films, such as The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923), The Phantom of the Opera (1925), Frankenstein (1931), and Creature from the Black Lagoon, as well as King Kong (1933) and various fairy tales.
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- Mid-Development Genre Shift: Tim Burton had originally planned for the film to be a musical, feeling "it seemed big and operatic to me", but later dropped the idea.
- Playing Against Type: All the three young actors:
- Johnny Depp was typecast in teen heartthrob roles thanks to 21 Jump Street, something he was not happy about. He took the role of eccentric oddball Edward Scissorhands to break away from that image. Of course now that is essentially his Typecasting.
- Anthony Michael Hall was famous for his Hollywood Nerd roles, most famously as Brian in The Breakfast Club. Here he's the Jerk Jock.
- Winona Ryder was heavily associated with Emo Teen girls in Heathers, Beetlejuice, Mermaids etc. Kim is a glamorous Girl Next Door.
- What with Tim Burton finally working with his idol Vincent Price, you'd expect him to cast Price as a creepy gothic madman. Instead, the Inventor is shown to be a kind and gentle man, whose only crime was in not finishing Edward before his untimely death.
- Romance on the Set: Winona Ryder and Johnny Depp dated and became engaged briefly.
- Star-Making Role: This is where Johnny Depp's film career really took off.
- What Could Have Been:
- Tom Cruise was offered the role of Edward, but he turned it down because he thought the role was too feminine. Apparently, he also disliked the sad ending where Edward goes back into isolation, but Tim Burton refused to change it. Tom Hanks was offered the role, but he was busy with The Bonfire of the Vanities. Rumour has it that Jim Carrey wanted the role of Edward badly — so much that he auditioned more than once. John Cusack, Robert Downey Jr., William Hurt, Gary Oldman and apparently even Michael Jackson were also considered to play Edward.
- Vincent Price was supposed to have a much larger role in the film, but his health was too frail (he died in 1993, making this his last work on the big screen).
- Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Connelly, Alyssa Milano, Molly Ringwald, Julia Roberts, Lea Thompson and Uma Thurman were all considered for Kim Boggs. Sara Gilbert had also been approached but the producers of Roseanne refused to let her do it due to contractual reasons.
- Corey Feldman was considered for the role of Jim, but he turned it down due to scheduling conflicts with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990). Wil Wheaton was also approached but was unable to get out of his contract for Star Trek: The Next Generation. Crispin Glover was also considered for the role.
- Leonard Nimoy was Tim Burton's second choice for the role of the inventor in case Vincent Price was unavailable.
- Rick Baker was first asked to due the makeup effects for this movie. But he declined due to scheduling conflicts with Gremlins 2: The New Batch. Rob Bottin had also been approached, but he also declined as he was working on Total Recall (1990). Tim Burton eventually recruited Stan Winston.
- Burton had asked Robert Smith to do the soundtrack, and had even sent the script. Robert was busy recording Disintegration at the time, and didn't know who Burton was, so passed up the opportunity, handing Danny Elfman the job.
- Write What You Know: The hill on which Edward's Gothic mansion sits is based on California Institute of The Arts, Tim Burton's alma matter. The campus for the Institute is on a hill in Valencia, looking down on a clean-cut suburban town.
- Write Who You Know: Caroline Thompson wrote Peg based off her own mother, who used to bring home strangers. She based the women in the neighborhood off people she grew up around.
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