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Tim Burton

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Birthplace:   Burbank, California, USA
It should come as no shock to the fans of director Tim Burton that he spent his formative years glued to the tube, watching old cartoons and horror flicks. Such early influences no doubt helped to form the deliciously ghoulish and artfully warped sensibility of a director who was to become known for his forays into the bizarre outer regions of mainstream celluloid. The emphasis on "mainstream" is notable: Burton's career has been distinguished in part by the director's skillful ability to remain just inside the realm of the mainstream while producing work of a decidedly unconventional vision.A native son of Southern California, Burton was born in Burbank on August 25, 1958. He never really took to suburbia, where he was raised, and instead of joining little league or selling lemonade spent his time drawing, watching old horror movies, and reading the works of Edgar Allan Poe. Winning a scholarship in 1980 to the Disney-created California Institute of the Arts, Burton went to work as an apprentice animator at Disney. It was an aesthetically and financially dead period for Disney animation (megahits like The Little Mermaid were years in the future), and Burton's most vivid memories of his time at the studio were of constant firings, ill-will, indecisiveness, and paranoia. He felt decidedly out of place working on cartoons like The Fox and the Hound, later saying "I was just not Disney material. I could just not draw cute foxes for the life of me." For their part, the Disney higher-ups weren't interested in any of Burton's independent ideas, and refused to release his 1984 short Frankenweenie on the grounds that it was "unsuitable" for children. His first animated short, Vincent -- a 1982 tribute to his idol Vincent Price, who also narrated the film -- met with a similarly cool reception from Disney executives.After leaving Disney, Burton found both greater creative freedom and commercial success thanks in part to actor/comedian Paul Reubens, who was looking for someone to helm a film about his alter-ego, Pee-Wee Herman. Reubens had watched Frankenweenie; impressed with what he saw, he helped to get Burton hired on as the director of Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (1985). Burton wisely treated the whole project like a live-action Looney Tune, and the film, originally intended for limited release as a kid's picture, became one of Warner Bros.' biggest hits of the early '80s. Pee-Wee's Big Adventure led to the director's next project, Beetlejuice (1988), a comic twist on all the "Shock Theatre" pictures that had kept him up late as a child. The success of the film led to a job directing the 1989 big-budget version of Batman; a darkly lavish, gothic production, the film proved to be a huge hit, securing Burton a place on the roster of A-list directors.His next film, 1990's Edward Scissorhands was the tongue-in-cheek gothic tale of an artificial boy put together by a benign scientist, who dies before he can complete the boy; as a result, the fabricated youth has hedge clipper-like scissors for hands. Alternately frightening, funny, and touching, Edward Scissorhands proved that Burton could inject humanity and audience empathy into an otherwise unbelievable yarn. By this point Burton was able to write his own Hollywood ticket, which resulted in a stop-motion animated cartoon about the King of Halloween kidnapping Santa Claus. The film came to fruition as 1993's The Nightmare Before Christmas -- an immediate cult hit. Burton also produced the somewhat disappointing Cabin Boy, a 1994 film vehicle for Chris Elliott which Burton co-produced. But in 1994, Burton again rode high in film-critic circles thanks to his long-awaited Ed Wood (1994), the biopic of another visionary filmmaker, Edward D. Wood Jr., widely celebrated as the worst director in movie history. Burton well understood how it feels to be unappreciated for one's enthusiasms, and Ed Wood, deliberately filmed to emulate Wood's seedy visual style, has emerged as one of the most affecti

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
63% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
  • Director
$87.3M 2016
30% Alice Through the Looking Glass
  • Producer
$77.1M 2016
85% The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?
  • Actor
2015
72% Big Eyes
  • Director
  • Producer
$8.1M 2014
87% Frankenweenie
  • Producer
  • Director
$35.3M 2012
35% Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
  • Producer
$37.4M 2012
37% Dark Shadows
  • Director
$79.8M 2012
91% Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan
  • Actor
2011
71% Waking Sleeping Beauty
  • Actor
$33.6k 2010
51% Alice in Wonderland
  • Director
$319.4M 2010
57% 9
  • Producer
$31.7M 2009
86% Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
  • Director
$53M 2007
No Score Yet Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark Knight - The Legend Reborn
  • Actor
2005
83% Tim Burton's Corpse Bride
  • Producer
  • Director
$53.4M 2005
83% Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Director
$206.2M 2005
77% Big Fish
  • Director
$66.3M 2003
45% Planet of the Apes
  • Director
$178.1M 2001
No Score Yet The World of Stainboy
  • Director
2000
67% Sleepy Hollow
  • Director
1999
No Score Yet Addams Family Reunion
  • Producer
1999
52% Mars Attacks!
  • Director
  • Producer
1996
93% James and the Giant Peach
  • Producer
1996
40% Batman Forever
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
1995
92% Ed Wood
  • Director
  • Producer
1994
46% Cabin Boy
  • Producer
1994
94% The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Producer
$8.7M 1993
80% Singles
  • Brian
1992
81% Batman Returns
  • Producer
  • Director
1992
No Score Yet Frankenweenie
  • Director
1992
89% Edward Scissorhands
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
1990
72% Batman
  • Director
1989
82% Beetlejuice
  • Director
1988
89% Pee-wee's Big Adventure
  • Director
1985
No Score Yet Vincent
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1982
No Score Yet Luau
  • Director
  • Actor
1982
No Score Yet Doctor of Doom
  • Director
1979
No Score Yet Stalk of the Celery (Stalk of the Celery Monster)
  • Director
1979
No Score Yet The Island of Doctor Agor
  • Director
1971

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
83% The Grand Tour
2016
  • Appearing
  • 2017
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
  • 2012

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