How Tim Burton hopes to do justice to Alice in Wonderland

Syfy is sponsoring a retrospective on the career of Tim Burton at New York's Museum of Modern Art—and we sat down with him as the exhibit opened for an exclusive chat. Find out where he gets his inspiration for his unusual characters, what sci-fi directors influenced him when he was starting out, what sci-fi movies he believes are essential to watch (think B-, C- and even Z-grade films) and how things are going with the upcoming feature film Alice in Wonderland.

Set to run from Nov. 22 through April 26, 2010, the exhibit spans the filmmaker's life, from his youth in Burbank, Calif., to his early work at Disney to Alice in Wonderland. Attendees can expect to see 700-plus pieces on display, including maquettes, storyboards, previously unseen drawings, scripts, costumes and puppets, as well as retrospective screenings of Burton's shorts and films and also showings of films that inspired Burton.

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