Mr Flibble Talks To... Mummified Penguin
As filming continues on action-sequel Mummy II, multiple Oscar-winning set decorator Peter Young settles down with his penguin pal to talk about Tim Burton, dead bodies and a lot of James Bond's left over gold...
9 February, 2001
Peter Young
Mr Flibble's right hand provided by
Andrew Ellard


Does the fact that Mummy II is a sequel make a difference to how you approach it?

Well it's a remake, really, in a way. It shouldn't make any difference. Yet sometimes it does in as much as you have a reference - i.e. the first one - to build upon. You know that this sequence refers to a similar sequence in the first one. Instead of an aeroplane it's now a dirigible. Instead of a boat, it's now a train. So you know the way through the film, and you know what happens and what it's all about.

You know the standard and you know the canvas - and, in a way, seeing Mummy I, you can be better. It's like Batman. Unfortunately people say that Batman Returns (1992), Batman Forever (1995), Batman and Robin (1997) were not as good. I haven't seen the other ones, but can it be better? Have twos and threes ever been better than one? I mean it would be nice to think that they were. I don't know. It doesn't happen a lot, does it?