Tim Burton

(Timothy Walter Burton)

Tim Burton
Tim Burton
  • Born: August 25, 1958
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Film Director, Film Producer, Writer, Artist

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Timothy Walter Burton is an American film director, producer, artist, writer, and animator. He is known for his dark, gothic, and eccentric horror and fantasy films such as Beetlejuice (1988), Edward Scissorhands (1990), The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), Ed Wood (1994), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Corpse Bride (2005), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), Dark Shadows (2012), and Frankenweenie (2012). He is also known for blockbusters such as the adventure comedy Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985), the superhero films Batman (1989) and its first sequel Batman Returns (1992), the sci-fi film Planet of the Apes (2001), the fantasy drama Big Fish (2003), the musical adventure film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), and the fantasy film Alice in Wonderland (2010).

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A lot of things you see as a child remain with you... you spend a lot of your life trying to recapture the experience. Life
Anybody who knows me knows I would never read a comic book.
Anybody who knows me knows I would never read a comic book. And I certainly would never read anything written by Kevin Smith.
Anybody with artistic ambitions is always trying to reconnect with the way they saw things as a child.
I always liked strange characters.
I am not a big technology person. I don't go on the Internet really much at all. Drawing is like a zen thing; it's private, which in this day and age is harder to come by. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
I am not a dark person and I don't consider myself dark.
I did some sports. It was a bit frustrating. I wasn't the greatest sports person. Sports & Athletics
I don't know what it was, maybe the movie theaters in my immediate surrounding neighbourhood in Burbank, but I never saw what would be considered A movies. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I don't look at my films or my old drawings much, so that was an interesting way to kind of reconnect with myself a bit.
I get so tired of people saying, 'Oh, you only make fantasy films and this and that', and I'm like, 'Well no, fantasy is reality', that's what Lewis Carroll showed in his work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I have a problem when people say something's real or not real, or normal or abnormal. The meaning of those words for me is very personal and subjective. I've always been confused and never had a clearcut understanding of the meaning of those kinds of words.
I never really got nightmares from movies. In fact, I recall my father saying when I was three years old that I would be scared, but I never was. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I never really got nightmares from movies. In fact, I recall my father saying when I was three years old that I would be scared, but I never was. I was much more terrified by my own family and real life, you know? Life ;Families, Children & Parenting ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I remember early in my career with Disney, which was a very strange time in the company - there were a couple of executives who were very supportive of me and kind of let me do my own thing. Time
I started to do stop-motion when I was a kid. You take a Super 8 and make some models, and move, click, move, click. All that. I love all forms of animation, but there is something unique and special to stop-motion: it's more real and the set is lit like a set. But I think it's also a kind of lonely and dark thing to want to do. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I think a lot of kids feel alone and slightly isolated and in their own world.
I think of Ray Harryhausen's work - I knew his name before I knew any actor or director's names. His films had an impact on me very early on, probably even more than Disney. I think that's what made me interested in animation: His work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I wouldn't know a good script if it bit me in the face.
If I had a choice about going to a meeting at a studio or changing a nappy, I'd choose the nappy.
In Hollywood, they think drawn animation doesn't work anymore, computers are the way. They forget that the reason computers are the way is that Pixar makes good movies. So everybody tries to copy Pixar. They're relying too much on the technology and not enough on the artists. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
It's good as an artist to always remember to see things in a new, weird way.
It's hard to find logic in things sometimes. That's why I can't analyze things too much, because it often doesn't make much sense.
It's like getting into film - I didn't say early on, 'I'm going to become a filmmaker,' 'I'm going to show my work at MoMA.' When you start to think those things, you're in trouble. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I've always been misrepresented. You know, I could dress in a clown costume and laugh with the happy people but they'd still say I'm a dark personality.
I've always been more comfortable making my decisions from the subconscious level, or more emotionally, because I find it is more truthful to me; Intellectually, I don't think like that because I get uncomfortable.
Jack Nicholson is a textbook actor who's very intuitive. He is absolutely brilliant at going as far as you can go, always pushing to the edge, but still making it seem real.
Movies are like an expensive form of therapy for me. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
My parents suffered from that ideal of a perfect nuclear family. They found that a difficult pressure, I think. Families, Children & Parenting
One person's crazyness is another person's reality.
People say I am stuck in childhood, but it's not that. I remember seeing a Matisse retrospective, and you could see he started out one way, and then he tried something different, and then he seemed to spend his whole life trying to get back to the first thing. Life
People told me I couldn't kill Nicholson, so I cast him in two roles and killed him off twice.
There's something about seeing this little inanimate object coming to life that's just very exciting. That's why with 'Nightmare' I held out for so long to do it. Life
There's something quite exciting when you have a history with somebody and you see them do new and different things. History
Things that I grew up with stay with me. You start a certain way, and then you spend your whole life trying to find a certain simplicity that you had. It's less about staying in childhood than keeping a certain spirit of seeing things in a different way. Life
Visions are worth fighting for. Why spend your life making someone else's dreams? Life
When I was growing up, Dr. Seuss was really my favorite. There was something about the lyrical nature and the simplicity of his work that really hit me. Nature ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
When it comes to art and science, people don't like a lot of either. Instead of being open to it, they're closed off about it. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
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.