Alice In Wonderland may have been a disappointment but there’s no denying the awesomeness of Tim Burton and his completely unique (or critics’ favourite Burton catchphrase “quirky“) and distinctive approach to filmmaking. Such is his influence that since November last year New York City’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has held an enormous retrospective dedicated to the filmmaker and his work which wraps at the end of April, the next stop: Melbourne.

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) will host the (Australian exclusive) exhibition direct from MoMA featuring over 700 examples of drawings, paintings, photographs, storyboards, moving-image works, puppets, costumes, and cinematic ephemera, including many never-been-seen works from the filmmaker’s personal collection.

The show also includes amateur and student films, music videos, commercials, and digital slide shows, as well as a complete set of features and shorts.

In other words: if Edward Scissorhands made you weep, if you associate Michael Keaton with Beetle Juice (and not Multiplicity), if you dig Danny Elfman’s oboe-laced theme tunes, and if you are just really into the creepy/beautiful/funny/sad/thoughtful art and imagery and themes of Burton’s movies, this exhibition is an absolute must-see.

In the following footage Burton talks to the Museum of Modern Art about his artwork and the New York exhibition currently running:

Tickets for the Melbourne exhibition went on sale last Thursday 1 April and a show this amazing will absolutely sell out – so grab your tickets, book your flights, sell your dog, whatever you need to do to ensure you don’t miss out.

Tim Burton will open at ACMI on 24 June and run until 10 October 2010.

For more details check the ACMI website.