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Transcript of Tim Burton
Director & Producer
Born: August 25, 1958
In a long relationship with actress, Elena Bonham Carter since 2001, met on the set of 'Planet of the Apes'
They live in North London in adjoining apartments
Son, Billy-Ray, 9 years old (Johnny Depp's Godson)
Daughter, Nell, 5 years old
Friends include: Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Michael Keaton, Martin Short, & Catherine O'Hara
(all have made multiple appearances in his films)
-Raised in Burbank, CA
-Attended California Institute of the Arts where he
-Received a fellowship from Disney and worked as
an animator for them for a short while on films such as Fox and the Hound and The Black Cauldron
-One of Tim's favorite actors as a child was Vincent Price who was the protagonist in many horror films
-Tim made a short stop-motion film about him, titled 'Vincent' in 1982 in which Vincent Price himself narrated
-Tim and Vincent remained friends until his death in 1993
Tim was also influenced by German expressionists
and Vincent Van Gogh's work
This short film exhibits all of Burton's
major influences (stop-motion animation, German expressionism, poetic narration):
-Words that have been used to describe Burton's style
are dark, gothic, morbid, melancholy, sinister,
gruesome, weird, moody, and strange
-His films usually include a male outsider longing to fit in somehow, reminiscent of his own childhood
-Known for his stop-motion animation technique -
used to make a physically manipulated object appear to move on its own by moving it in small increments between individually photographed frames
- Stop-motion animation films:
Vincent, The Nightmare Before Christmas, James
and the Giant Peach, Corpse Bride, and
Tim includes a lot of anthropomorphism in
his films, which is the attribution of human characteristics or behavior to animals or objects.
Some films that display anthropomorphism are:
-As a child Tim enjoyed watching horror and monster
films such as 'The House of Wax' and many Edgar Alan
Poe films like 'The Raven'. Tim has described himself as an outsider as a child and said these types of movies spoke to him.
Tim also loved to watch Ray Harryhausen
films who did a lot of stop-motion animation
such as 'Jason and the Argonauts' and 'The
Seventh Voyage of Sinbad'
A scene from the silent film
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
-Tim was also influenced by the poet and cartoonist, Dr. Seuss.
-He has written children's book, such as The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories and The Giant Zlig, both written in the form of poems.
Tim Burton: The Artist
Tim's sketchbooks, paintings, photographs, storyboards, puppets, and costumes were displayed in an exhibit in MoMA from 2009-10.
It has been said that although Burton has a strong visual sense, he lacks in his story-telling ability.
"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."
Alice in Wonderland (2012)
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Dark Shadows (2012)
Corpse Bride (2005)
Edward Scissor Hands (1990)
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Big Fish (2003)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
Batman Returns (1992)
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Slayer (2012)
Sweeney Todd (2007)
Mars Attacks! (1996)
Planet of the Apes (2001)
Pee Wee Herman's Big Adventure (1985)
Ed Wood (1985)
of his time:
-Disney eventually allowed Burton the freedom to explore his own creativity resulting in the short live-action film Frankenweenie in 1984.
-The film was never released and deemed unsuitable for children given a PG rating which exceeded Disney's standard G rating.
-Disney and Burton eventually parted ways due to creative differences.
-Frankenweenie was viewed by Paul Reuben, the man behind Pee Wee Herman. He instantly knew that he wanted Burton to produce his new film, Pee Wee Herman's Big Adventure
-And the rest is history....
Tim is currently working on a film titled
'Big Eyes' which is a biopic about artist Margaret Keane who is known for her distinctive creations featuring children with big eyes.