Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children isn’t the only place you’ll find peculiarities among people. In fact, if we all look inside ourselves, we might find something wonderfully weird within, too. That’s the message of #StayPeculiar.
To promote Tim Burton’s upcoming book-to-screen adaptation of the best-selling novel series starter, author Ransom Riggs joined fellow Young Adult novelist sensation John Green (The Fault in Our Stars, Paper Towns) at VidCon 2016 to chat with audiences about everyone should relish in the things about ourselves that make us unique. The pair also debuted the above YouTube star-filled short film (made in the fantastic visual style of Burton’s film), which highlights some of those individualities.
The mini-movie, titled “A Peculiar Tale” and narrated by Miss Peregrine’s Home costar Ella Purnell, features videomakers Andrea Russett, Andie Case, Jody Steel, and Megan Batoon and tells each of their stories in a fairy tale-esque narrative style that proves even seemingly inane accomplishments, like dancing in the streets or vlogging about life and love, can be pretty magic.
“I celebrate the oddballs and the unfamiliar, but they are not flawed all, they’re just peculiar. Go challenge yourself. Don’t settle for normal,” Purnell’s voice encourages after unveiling the quartet’s viral quirks. “Find your voice and your passion, your mind is a portal to a peculiar galaxy that’s all your own, and this world is here waiting for your world to be shown.”
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Tim Burton’s cinematic take on the first of three novels in Ransom Riggs’ popular dark YA fantasy series, introduces Jacob (Asa Butterfield in the film), a child who ventures out to find the fabled Miss Peregrine (Eva Green), whom his late grandfather had told him so many enrapturing stories about. Eventually, he does discover the title character and the peculiar kids she’s caretaker to — each of which have peculiar talents and features, like being able to manipulate the elements, appearing invisible, and levitation.
Earlier this week, 20th Century Fox released its second trailer for the film, which previewed these various eccentricities as well as the time loop Miss Peregrine has created to protect themselves from the hollows that hunt them and potentially live forever in their temporal bubble. In the preview, Jacob becomes charged with not only discovering and grooming his own gifts, but emerging as protector of the “Peculiars.”
Based on the previews and photos from the film so far, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children certainly appears to be a return to form for director Tim Burton, who’s had a few critical misses of late in his array of adaptations (including Alice in Wonderland and Dark Shadows). This prerogative to #StayPeculiar seems exactly in line with his own personal style, so the message is certainly on-brand, and the visual dynamism of this world filled with delightful oddballs in a space that’s both old and new is where he likes to live, as a filmmaker.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children hits theaters on September 30th, 2016.
Source: 20th Century Fox