18: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Show Notes

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First Segment

  • The Beginnings of the Freak Show
  • Deformities as Entertainment
  • Previously Seen as Manifestations of Evil Spirits
  • Lazarus and Joannes Baptista Colloredo
    • Conjoined brothers and one of the first ‘freak acts’
  • Increasing Popularity of Freak Shows in the 19th Century
  • P.T. Barnum and His Influence on the Freak Show
    • The American Museum in New York
    • George Washington’s nurse
    • The Feejee Mermaid
    • Tom Thumb (Charles Stratton)
  • 1880s and The Peak of the Victorian Era Freak Show
    • Entertainment for all social classes
  • The Decline of the Freak Show
    • Abnormalities could be explained by science
    • People with deformities became objects of sympathy instead of entertainment
    • Rise of radio, film and television
  • Freak Shows Today
    • Coney Island
    • TLC’s Little People, Big World and My 600 Pound Life

Second Segment

  • Ransom Riggs
    • Old Photograph Collection
      • Halloween Picture Book
    • Tahereh Mafi
    • John Green
  • Tim Burton
    • Disney Animator
    • Frankenweenie (1984)
    • Big Fish (2003)
    • Racial Diversity in his Films
  • Facts and Figures
    • $110,000,000 Budget
    • $28,000,000 Opening Weekend
    • Book Sales > 1.5 Million Copies
    • 63% Critic Score on Rotten Tomatoes
    • 67% Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes

Third Segment

  • Is the Film Based on the Book?
  • Holden Caulfield and (Un)Sympathetic Youths
  • The Aesthetic of Tim Burton