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Tim Burton (born August 25, 1958) is an American film director, screenwriter, artist, animator, and producer. He is known for his uniquely dark approach to whimsical subjects. Some of his most notable films include Beetlejuice (1988), Batman (1989), Edward Scissorhands (1990), The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), Corpse Bride (2005), and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007).

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Burton was born in Burbank, California to Jean and Bill Burton. Burton was intrigued by the horror films of Roger Corman in his youth. He learned to make rudimentary stop motion films in his own back yard. More interested in drawing than in school, when Burton graduated high school he went on to California Institute of the Arts to study character animation. There, he made a film that would attract the attention of Walt Disney Productions, called Stalk of the Celery Monster.

He went on to become an apprentice at Disney, and contributed as an animator, storyboard artist, and concept artist on films such as The Fox and the Hound, The Black Cauldron and Tron. He also made his own stop motion film, Vincent (1982), starring his own personal hero of horror, Vincent Price.

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Not long after, Burton produced his first live action short film, an adaptation of Hansel and Gretel. He then produced the short, Frankenweenie (1984). Soon, Burton was fired from Disney, ostensibly because he had produced a short that was too scary for children, but probably as a result of general tensions that existed between Burton's artistic preferences and Disney's branding.

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Actor Paul Reubens was impressed with Frankenweenie and asked Burton to direct his next film, Pee Wee's Big Adventure (1985).

Burton went on to direct, write, or otherwise help produce a slew of films that would cement his unique visual style into the minds of moviegoers. Some of his most notable films include Beetlejuice (1988), Batman (1989), Edward Scissorhands (1990), The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), James and the Giant Peach (1996), and Mars Attacks! (1996).

 

 

 

By this point, Burton had worked with some of Hollywood's biggest stars, including Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Annette Bening, Johnny Depp, Danny DeVito, Pierce Brosnan, Michael J. Fox, Sarah Jessica Parker, and many others.

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During the 2000s, Burton went on to release Planet of the Apes (2000), Big Fish (2003), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Corpse Bride (2005), and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007).

 

 

In 2009 and 2010, Burton exhibited over 700 of his drawings at New York's Museum of Modern Art.

Burton has worked on many other projects and won many awards including an Emmy, a Producer's Guild of America award, and a Golden Globe. He has been nominated for Academy Awards, a BAFTA award, and others.

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  • Birthday Date: Monday, 25 August 2014
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