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Eccentric, macabre and ironic. 
'Beetlejuice' is a ghoulish brilliant low budget masterpiece directed by Tim Burton.
A very enthusiastic surreal quirky ghost story with fairly bizarre and grotesque comedic overtones.
Full to the brim with glorious creature creations and puppets, makeup illusions and old-school funky effects work.
Your goosebumps will get goosebumps!
And the wacky journey begins ...
The tiny troublemaker Betelgeuse (Michael Keaton) is stuck in a lilliputian model railroad town and 
enjoys his 'small' life in the local bordello, the Dante's Inferno.
Great scenic designs and set dressings created by Production Designer Bo Welch.
Life size replications of the Dante's Inferno and the graveyard set of the village H0 scale model 
were built on stage for the live action scenes.
The Dante's Inferno set on stage at Culver City Studios.
Promotion photo with the Cast at the Dante's Inferno.
Kodak 2.25 transparency.
Beetlejuice is trying to find his ticket back to the real world.
When Lydia (Winona Ryder) takes a look at the model city, he sees his chance to escape from 
the dusty monotonous miniature.
But the only way he can achieve this is if a certain incantation is uttered.
The sinister and funny Beetlejuice tries to trick Lydia into saying his name three times, 
which would be his ticket out of the miniature town.
The life size Dante's Inferno Set at Culver Studios.
Beetlejuice: "You've gotta say my name three times.
You ever play charades?"
Beetlejuice is not allowed to reveal his name to her, rules of the afterlife!
But the tricky little devil tries to get Lydia on the right track with sophisticated sorcery.
He creates a giant beetle, sitting on a chair, as a clue for the first part of his name.
A carton of orange juice is his clue for the second part of his name, 'juice'.
And Lydia got it, Beetlejuice is his name!
Beetlejuice: "You said it twice. Just say it one more. Come on."
But Lydia doesn't trust the sleazy self-proclaimed hobby exorcist of the beautiful and rich.
The orange juice trick was done as an old-school mirror gag!
In order to avoid blue screen whenever possible, this was done as an in-camera effect, 
like many of the other effects work for the film.
The beetle that crawled out of the Short facility was a cable operated (thin wire rods) about 
eight inch tall puppet which was sitting in a miniature set of balsa wood and a foam core.
The beetle was sculpted freestyle by Laine Liska (Flight of the Navigator).
The casual little insect lounging on the seat was able to move its arms, the head and antennas.
Three puppeteers were needed to let the beetle look so cool. 
All for a one second performance in the movie.
The eight inch beetle was used for some funny promotion shots with Geena Davis (Barbara Maitland).
Kodak 2.25 transparency.
The little rascal has some dirty jokes up his chitin armor.
Kodak 2.25 transparency.
An even more sophisticated insect puppet was the fly that landed on the surreal crafted miniature graveyard. 
The devilish little Beetlejuice lured the naive fly into a grave with a candy bar.
The mechanical fly, a highly detailed rod and cable operated puppet, was as well built in the Garage of 
effects makeup supervisor Robert Short.
The Fly got an inner construction of fiberglass and aluminum and a hidden thin cable system which made some 
realistically movements of its wings, legs and its head possible.
The wings of the fly were originally made out of casting resins, but that wasn't convincing.
Robert Short in Cinefex #34 about the tricky wings of the fly: 
"Soon we discovered that they were not durable or lightweight enough, so we did a quick vacuform of 
acetate and in back of that we put polarized mylar to give it the irridescent look that fly wings have.
The wings were on a cable and by using a rubber band spring return to lock them down to the body and a cable 
to open them we were able to get the flapping motion with just one cable."
Even more than 30 years after it opened in theaters, 'Beetlejuice' is still a funny and exhilarating spook show!
Has anybody asked Chief warlock Beetlejuice yet to help us with Corona? 
Beetlejuice...Beetlejuice...Beetlejuice!
If anyone can help us, it's him!
The dive into the wonderful bizarre world of 'Beetlejuice' will go on soon -haha-. 
He always writes that.
Well, the phrase 'soon' is stretchy! Very strechty!

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