Basic Information About Tim Burton
|Category||Celebrities › Directors|
|Professions||Film Producer, Film director, Screenwriter, Artist, Animator, Television producer, Actor, Television Director, Poet, Visual Artist|
|Date of birth||1958-08-25 (65 years old)|
|Place of birth||Burbank|
|Nationality||United States of America|
|Curiosities and Trademarks||Often plays the beginning credits sequence with the camera going through something (Batman (1989), Beetle Juice (1988), Edward Scissorhands (1990)) or following something (Batman Returns (1992), Mars Attacks! (1996), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)).|
His films often have a Gothic feel to them, often including Christmas and/or Halloween scenes.
Plot often focuses around a misunderstood outcast
Frequently uses composer Danny Elfman
Frequently casts Jeffrey Jones, Paul Reubens, Glenn Shadix, Michael Keaton, Lisa Marie, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Gough, Deep Roy and Christopher Lee.
Frequently features dead or dismembered dogs
He often likes to open his films with a quiet nighttime snowfall
Many of his films feature townspeople who misunderstand and/or distrust the lead character
Obsession with horror actors: he makes movies about them (Vincent (1982), Ed Wood (1994)), or he actually casts them in his films (e.g. Vincent Price, Michael Gough, Christopher Lee, Christopher Walken).
Often shows scarecrows in his movies
His movies always open with a personal version of the studio's logo
Usually includes fantasy elements in his films
Often looks into the main character's past through a series of flashbacks (i.e. Edward Scissorhands (1990), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)).
Fathers are portrayed in a negative light in his films. Whether they be dead (Batman (1989)), purposely ditched their children (Batman Returns (1992)), the main characters have remorse against them because of bad childhood memories (Sleepy Hollow (1999), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)), or they weren't there while their child was growing up (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)).
Stripes: characters often wear striped clothing, particularly black-and-white stripes (for example, Beetlejuice, Sweeney and Mrs. Lovett in "Sweeney Todd", Katrina in "Sleepy Hollow", and Tweedledum and Tweedledee in "Alice in Wonderland").
Often shows factory assembly line sequences (e.g. Edward Scissorhands (1990), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), 9 (2009))
Most his films tend to be either dark or colorful, and sometimes contain scenes of both
Affectionate homages to the films of his childhood
Long unwashed hair, black clothing and large sunglasses
His characters are often friendly and optimistic despite their bleak surroundings
Effective use of musical interludes
Extremely dark Gothic atmosphere in buildings and set design
Many of his films prominently feature castles, churches or other old buildings
His stories are often set in non specific locations and incorporate elements from Britain and America
His antagonists are often coldly superior, brutal and thuggish but avoid getting noticed by other characters
His heroes are often neurotic, somewhat cowardly and bizarre yet also intelligent and highly moral
Often includes an exterior shot of a house or other structure with a character peering out of a window
Shoots almost exclusively in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio.
|Spouse||Lena Gieseke - (24 February 1989 - 31 December 1991) (divorced)|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.82 m)|
|Social Media||↗︎ Wikipedia ↗︎ IMDb|
What Movie Awards did Tim Burton win?
Tim Burton awards
|Award Name||State||Movie / Series Name||Year|
|Globe de Cristal - Best Foreign Film (Meilleur film étranger)||Nominee||Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children||2017|
|Stinker Award - Worst Sequel||Nominee||Batman Forever||1995|
|Golden Eagle - Best Foreign Film||Nominee||Alice in Wonderland||2011|
|Silver Ribbon - Best 3D Film Director (Regista del Miglior Film in 3D)||Nominee||Alice in Wonderland||2010|
|ACCA - Best Director||Nominee||Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street||2007|
|DFWFCA Award - Best Director||Nominee||Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street||2007|
|DFCS Award - Best Director||Nominee||Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street||2007|
|Golden Schmoes - Best Director of the Year||Nominee||Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street||2007|
|HFCS Award - Best Director||Winner||Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street||2008|
|Silver Ribbon - Best Non-European Director (Regista del Miglior Film Non-Europeo)||Nominee||Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street||2008|
|NBR Award - Best Director||Winner||Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street||2007|
|Rondo Statuette - Best Movie||Nominee||Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street||2007|
|Rondo Statuette - Best Film||Nominee||Dark Shadows||2012|
|Hugo - Best Dramatic Presentation||Nominee||Batman Returns||1993|
|Silver Ribbon - Best Foreign Director (Regista del Miglior Film Straniero)||Nominee||Batman Returns||1993|
|Silver Ribbon - Best Foreign Director (Regista del Miglior Film Straniero)||Nominee||Sleepy Hollow||2000|
|Best Film of the 1990s - Best Film||Nominee||Edward Scissorhands||2000|
|Top 10 Film Award - Best Film||Nominee||Edward Scissorhands||1991|
|Hugo - Best Dramatic Presentation||Winner||Edward Scissorhands||1991|
|Sant Jordi - Best Foreign Film (Mejor Película Extranjera)||Winner||Edward Scissorhands||1992|
|Silver Condor - Best Foreign Film, Not in the Spanish Language (Mejor Película Extranjera en Idioma no Español)||Nominee||Big Fish||2005|
|CFCA Award - Best Director||Nominee||Big Fish||2004|
|David - Best Foreign Film (Miglior Film Straniero)||Nominee||Big Fish||2004|
|Hugo - Best Dramatic Presentation||Nominee||Mars Attacks!||1997|
|OFTA Film Award - Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror Picture||Nominee||Mars Attacks!||1997|
|Golden Satellite Award - Best Motion Picture, Animated or Mixed Media||Nominee||Mars Attacks!||1997|
|Amanda - Best Foreign Feature Film (Årets utenlandske kinofilm)||Nominee||Charlie and the Chocolate Factory||2006|
|Rondo Statuette - Best Film||Nominee||Charlie and the Chocolate Factory||2005|
|SFX Award - Best Director||Nominee||Charlie and the Chocolate Factory||2005|
|Hugo - Best Dramatic Presentation||Nominee||Batman||1990|
|Hugo - Best Dramatic Presentation||Nominee||Beetle Juice||1989|
|Silver Condor - Best Foreign Film (Mejor Película Extranjera)||Nominee||Ed Wood||1996|
|Top 10 Film Award - Best Film||Nominee||Ed Wood||1995|
|Palme d'Or -||Nominee||Ed Wood||1995|
|CEC Award - Best Foreign Film (Mejor Película Extranjera)||Winner||Ed Wood||1996|
|Golden Train Award - Best Film||Nominee||Ed Wood||1994|
|Oscar - Best Animated Feature Film of the Year||Nominee||Corpse Bride||2006|
|Silver Condor - Best Foreign Film, Not in the Spanish Language (Mejor Película Extranjera)||Nominee||Corpse Bride||2006|
|BAA - Best Feature for "Corpse Bride"||Winner||Corpse Bride||2006|
|INOCA - Best Animated Feature||Nominee||Corpse Bride||2006|
|Silver Ribbon - Best Foreign Director (Regista del Miglior Film Straniero)||Nominee||Corpse Bride||2006|
|OFTA Film Award - Best Animated Picture||Nominee||Corpse Bride||2006|
|PGA Award - Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures||Nominee||Corpse Bride||2006|
|Rondo Statuette - Best Film||Nominee||Corpse Bride||2005|
|Future Film Festival Digital Award -||Winner||Corpse Bride||2005|
|Golden Satellite Award - Best Motion Picture, Animated or Mixed Media||Nominee||James and the Giant Peach||1997|
|PGA Award - Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures||Nominee||9||2010|
|Oscar - Best Animated Feature||Nominee||Frankenweenie||2013|
|BAFTA Film Award - Best Animated Film||Nominee||Frankenweenie||2013|
|EDA Award - Best Animated Feature Film||Nominee||Frankenweenie||2013|
Tim Burton roles
Tim Burton's Quotes
- You don't know whether chimps are going to kill you or kiss you. They're very open on some levels and much more evil in a certain way.
- [commenting on the demolition of the Landmark casino in Las Vegas for the film Mars Attacks! (1996)] "It was like watching something die."
- [genres] "I had never really done something that was more of a horror film, and it's funny, because those are the kind of movies that I like probably more than any other genre. The script had images in it that I liked ."
- [memories] "I remember when I was younger, I had these two windows in my room, nice windows that looked out onto the lawn, and for some reason my parents walled them up and gave me this little slit window that I had to climb up on a desk to see out of. To this day I never asked them why; I should ask them."
- Anybody who knows me knows I would never read a comic book. And I certainly would never read anything written by Kevin Smith.
Tim Burton: The Creative Mind Behind Endless Imagination
With a net worth of $100 million, Tim Burton is not just a renowned film director, producer, and writer, but also a remarkable poet and stop motion artist. His unique style and extraordinary talent have made an indelible mark in the film industry. Recognized for films such as ‘Beetlejuice’, ‘Edward Scissorhands’, ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, and ‘Corpse Bride’, Burton’s influence and creativity extend far beyond the silver screen.
What is Tim Burton known for?
Timothy Walter Burton, born on August 25, 1958, in Burbank, California, displayed a passion for drawing and animation from a young age. Growing up in the heart of the entertainment industry had a profound impact on his artistic development. In 1976, Burton enrolled in the prestigious California Institute of the Arts, where he honed his skills and immersed himself in the world of animation.
During his time at the institute, Burton joined the Disney animation program. However, his stint as a Disney animator was short-lived. With his distinct artistic style that didn’t quite align with the company’s vision, he was let go. Despite this setback, Burton’s talent could not be contained. He persevered and embarked on a journey that would ultimately solidify his place in cinematic history.
Early Life and Career Beginnings
After catching the eye of Paul Reubens with his short film ‘Frankenweenie’ (1984), Burton was given the opportunity to direct ‘Pee-wee’s Big Adventure’ (1985). This collaboration marked the beginning of his extensive career in filmmaking. The success of ‘Pee-wee’s Big Adventure’ paved the way for future projects that would propel Burton into the spotlight.
From the iconic ‘Beetlejuice’ (1988) to the game-changing ‘Batman’ (1989), Burton became synonymous with unconventional storytelling and visually stunning imagery. Despite initial skepticism, his decision to cast Michael Keaton as Batman proved to be a stroke of genius. The film went on to become a tremendous box office success, solidifying Burton’s status as a visionary director.
With a career marked by both critical acclaim and commercial success, Burton continued to captivate audiences with films like ‘Edward Scissorhands’, ‘Sleepy Hollow’, and ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. His collaborations with actor Johnny Depp and former partner Helena Bonham Carter added an extra layer of resonance to his works.
Beyond his notable filmography, Burton’s artistic vision extends into other realms. His exhibitions have garnered international acclaim, showcasing his drawings, paintings, storyboards, puppets, and costumes. Institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art have celebrated his creative prowess, proving that his impact reaches far beyond the silver screen.
Taking risks and pushing boundaries have always been integral elements of Tim Burton’s artistry. Whether he is adapting classic stories or creating singular narratives from scratch, he leaves an indelible mark on each project he undertakes. His ability to explore themes of isolation, difference, and escapism resonate with audiences across the globe.
Tim Burton’s unique talent, combined with his ability to connect with viewers on a deep emotional level, sets him apart from other directors. His films have become cultural touchstones, inspiring a generation of filmmakers and artists alike. With his distinct style and unwavering dedication to his craft, Burton continues to shape the world of cinema, injecting it with a much-needed dose of imagination and whimsy.
Interesting Facts about Tim Burton
- At the end of Beetle Juice (1988), Beetlejuice metamorphoses into a bizarre creature with a merry-go-round on his head. On the top of this merry-go-round is a smiling skull which became Jack Skellington in The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993). The latter movie had been a pet project of Burton's since his days as an animator at Disney.
- He has an interest in clowns, and his films will often include them or make reference to them.
- Credits his former fiancée, Lisa Marie, as his muse. She is often in his projects (Ed Wood (1994), Mars Attacks! (1996), Sleepy Hollow (1999), The World of Stainboy (2000), Planet of the Apes (2001)) or is paid homage in them (she was the inspiration for The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)'s Sally).
- Engaged to Lisa Marie from 1992-2001.
- Used the song "It's Not Unusual", performed by Tom Jones, in Edward Scissorhands (1990) and then in Mars Attacks! (1996).
- Lives in Ojai (California) and New York.
- Is a "Bollywood" fan.
- Nearly everywhere he goes, he carries a pocket-size sketchbook and a small watercolor kit.
- Usually dresses in black, because he doesn't like spending too much time matching colors.
- Younger brother Daniel Burton is also an artist.
- Was voted the 49th Greatest Director of all time by Entertainment Weekly, being the youngest director on this list of 50.
- He was hired as the director of the failed Superman (1997) movie.
- Among his cinematic influences are Mario Bava, Vincent Price, Roger Corman and Barbara Steele whom he homaged in Sleepy Hollow (1999).
- Is a big fan of "nudie" director Russ Meyer.
- He once said he never remembers his dreams, apart from five recurring dreams, one of them involving the girl he was in love with when he was a teenager and another involving his parents' bedroom.
- Played water polo and swam for Burbank High School in California.
- Has made eight films with Johnny Depp: Edward Scissorhands (1990), Ed Wood (1994), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Corpse Bride (2005), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), Alice in Wonderland (2010), and Dark Shadows (2012).
- Ranked #6 on Tropopkin's Top 25 Most Intriguing People [Issue #100].
- Is a big fan of Italian director Mario Bava. He once said he would like to remake Bava's classic La maschera del demonio (1960) with his former partner Lisa Marie. He also appeared in two documentaries about Bava.
- Member of the 'Official Competition' jury at the 50th Cannes International Film Festival in 1997.