Below is a compiled list of the most interesting facts about Tim Burton. Check it out!
Timothy Walter Burton was born in Burbank, California, to Jean Rae (Erickson), who owned a cat-themed gift shop, and William Reed Burton, who worked for the Burbank Park and Recreation Department. He spent most of his childhood as a recluse, drawing cartoons, and watching old movies (he was especially fond of films with Vincent Price). 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. After graduating from high school, he attended California Institute of the Arts. Like so many others who graduated from that school, Burton’s first job was as an animator for Disney.
Interesting Facts about Tim Burton
- Has directed 2 actors in Oscar-nominated performances: Martin Landau (Best Supporting Actor, Ed Wood (1994)) and Johnny Depp (Best Actor, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)). Landau won the Oscar for his performance.
- As of 2009, every feature film he has directed has been nominated for some sort of Academy Award, with the exceptions of Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985), Mars Attacks! (1996) and Planet of the Apes (2001).
- He named Ed Wood (1994) as his favourite film of his own.
- Has made eight films with Johnny Depp: Edward Scissorhands (1990), Ed Wood (1994), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Corpse Bride (2005), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), Alice in Wonderland (2010), and Dark Shadows (2012).
- Nearly everywhere he goes, he carries a pocket-size sketchbook and a small watercolor kit.
- He was originally set to direct The Addams Family (1991). It was reported that he would direct a 3D stop motion animation adaptation, which was confirmed by Christopher Meledandri but the project was scrapped on July 17, 2013.
- Friends with Joel Schumacher.
- He has a very strong dislike of cats.
- Credits his former fiancée, Lisa Marie, as his muse. She is often in his projects (Ed Wood (1994), Mars Attacks! (1996), Sleepy Hollow (1999), The World of Stainboy (2000), Planet of the Apes (2001)) or is paid homage in them (she was the inspiration for The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)’s Sally).
- There were conversations of directing the Broadway musical version of his film Batman (1989) in 2002. The opening night would have been after 2005 but the project was abandoned.
- Among his cinematic influences are Mario Bava, Vincent Price, Roger Corman and Barbara Steele whom he homaged in Sleepy Hollow (1999).
- Was at one point going to direct the movie After Hours (1985), but then he graciously walked off the project after he was told by the producers that Martin Scorsese wanted to direct the film instead.
Personal Quotes by Tim Burton
One person’s crazyness is another person’s reality.- Tim Burton
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.- Tim Burton
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.- Tim Burton
I always liked strange characters.- Tim Burton
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.- Tim Burton