August 25, 1958
On this day in Horror history Timothy Walter Burton was born.
Tim Burton was raised in Burbank, California. He spent most of his childhood as a recluse, drawing cartoons and watching old movies.
When he was in the ninth grade, his artistic talent was recognized by a local garbage company when he won a prize for an anti-litter poster he designed. The company placed this poster on all of their garbage trucks for a year.
Tim Burton attended the California Institute of the Arts, studying animation after being awarded a fellowship from Disney, for whom he went on to work.
Like so many others who graduated from that school, Burton's first job was as an animator for Disney. He worked on such films as The Fox and the Hound (1981) and The Black Cauldron (1985), but had some creative differences from that of his colleagues. Nevertheless, Disney recognized his talent, and gave him the green light to make Vincent (1982), an animated short about a boy who wanted to be just like Vincent Price. Narrated by Price himself, whom he always had a fondness for. The short was a critical success and won several awards.
After Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985) An enormous (and surprise) box-office hit, it led to the supernatural comedy Beetlejuice (1988), which in turn led to Burton being entrusted with the reins on the hugely expensive Batman (1989).
Due to the fantastic success of his first three films, he was given the green light to make his next film, any kind of film he wanted. That film was Edward Scissorhands (1990).
Batman Returns (1992) was darker and quirkier than the first one, and, while by no means a financial flop, many people felt somewhat disappointed by it. While working on Batman Returns (1992), he also produced the popular The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993).
Burton returned to his darker and more artistic form with the film Sleepy Hollow (1999).The film was praised for its art direction and was financially successful, redeeming Burton of the disappointment many had felt by Mars Attacks! (1996).
While on the set of Planet of the Apes (2001), Burton met Helena Bonham Carter, to whom he is now currently engaged and has a son and daughter with.
In most of his movies 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 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 HolloAt the end of Beetlejuice (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.w", and Tweedledum and Tweedledee in "Alice in Wonderland").
Nearly everywhere he goes, he carries a pocket-size sketchbook and a small watercolor kit, and for that we thank him.
"People told me I couldn't kill Jack Nicholson, so I cast him in two roles and killed him off twice." - Tim Burton
Edited by: OHANAMAMA at: 8/25/2013 (17:45)
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