S: The Best of Tim Burton
BC: They say when you meet the love of your life, time stops. And that's true. What they don't tell you, is that once time starts again, it moves extra fast to catch up. -Edward Bloom
FC: Tim Burton
4: Biography | Tim Burton was born August 25, 1958 in Burbank, California. His love for drawing and movies blossomed at a young age. After graduating from high school, Burton enrolled at the California Institute of the Arts. By 1979 he was a drafted Disney animator. Tim Burton did not enjoy his work as a Disney animator. The rigid and bland process of creating a Disney movie was much too stifling for the wildly creative Burton. Fortunately, Disney recognized his immense talent and allowed him to create a short film of his own. The six-minute animation Vincent was done in 1982 with Burton's personal hero, Vincent Price, as narrator. The short film won major artistic praise. After the successful short film, Vincent, Tim Burton continued to work as a Disney animator. In 1984 was allowed to create another film, this time a 27-minute live movie called Frankenweenie. The film was considered much too dark for children and unsuitable for release by Disney. However, Paul Reubens saw the short film and decided Burton should direct Pee-wee's Big Adventure, Reubens' debut movie. The film was a surprise hit and opened the doors to Burton's success.
5: The Best of Tim Burton
7: BeetleJuice | Year Released: 1988 Director: Tim Burton Main Cast: Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder. Story: Adam and Barbara are a normal couple...who happen to be dead. They have given their precious time to decorate the house and make it their own, but unfortunately a family is moving in, and not quietly. Adam and Barbara try to scare them out, but end up becoming the main attraction to the money making family. They call upon Beetlejuice to help, but Beetlejuice has more in mind than just helping Fun Fact: Adam and Barbara are the only normal looking ghosts in ghost town.
10: Batman | Year Released: 1989 Director: Tim Burton Main Cast: Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger Story: After a young boy witnesses his parents' murder on the streets of Gotham City, he grows up to become the Batman - a mysterious figure in the eyes of Gotham's citizens - who takes crime fighting into his own hands. He first emerges out of the shadows when the Joker appears - a horribly disfigured individual who is out for revenge on his former employer and generally likes to have a good time Fun Fact: Michael Keaton casting as Bruce Wayne/Batman caused a controversy amongst comic book fans
15: Edward Scissorhands | Year released: 1990 Main Cast: Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder and Dianne Wiest Story: In a castle high on top of a hill lives an inventor's greatest creation - Edward, a near-complete person. The creator died before he could finish Edward's hands; instead, Edward is left with metal scissors for hands. Since then, Edward has lived alone, until a kind lady called Peg discovers Edward and welcomes him into her home. At first, everyone welcomes Edward into the community, but soon things begin to take a change for the worse Fun Fact: This was Vincent Price's last screen appearance and his last moment ever on screen is a death scene. Inspiration: The idea for the movie was inspired by a drawing Tim Burton had done when he was a teenager. The neighborhood is based on Burton's hometown, Burbank.
18: Batman Returns | Year Released: 1992 Main Cast: Michael Keaton, Danny Devito and Michelle Pfeiffer Story: Having defeated the Joker, Batman now faces the Penguin - a warped and deformed individual who is intent on being accepted into Gotham society. Crooked businessman Max Schreck is coerced into helping him become Mayor of Gotham and they both attempt to expose Batman in a different light. Earlier however, Selina Kyle, Max's secretary, is thrown from the top of a building and is transformed into Catwoman - a mysterious figure who has the same personality disorder as Batman. Batman must attempt to clear his name, all the time deciding just what must be done with the Catwoman. Fun Fact: Paul Reubens and Diane Salinger from Pee-wee's Big Adventure reunite briefly at the beginning of the film as The Penguin's father and mother.
21: Nightmare Before Christmas | Year Released: 1993 Main Cast: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon and Catherine O'Hara Story; Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king of Halloween Town, is bored with doing the same thing every year for Halloween. One day he stumbles into Christmas Town, and is so taken with the idea of Christmas that he tries to get the resident bats, ghouls, and goblins of Halloween town to help him put on Christmas instead of Halloween -- but alas, they can't get it quite right. Fun Fact: In the same scene with Jack Skellington, one of the ghosts is Donald Duck and you can even hear him make a quacking noise when someone punches him. Inspiration: Tim Burton wrote a three-page poem titled The Nightmare Before Christmas when he was a Disney animator in the early- 1980s. Burton took inspiration from television specials of Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! and the poem A Visit from St. Nicholas.
25: Ed Wood | Year Released: 1994 Main Cast: Johnny Depp, Martin Landau and Sarah Jessica Parker Story: A biopic of the life and work of the legendary 'worst director of all time', Edward D. Wood Jr., concentrating on the best-known period of his life in the 1950s, when he made Glen or Glenda (1953), Bride of the Monster (1955) and Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959), and focusing on both his transvestism and his touching friendship with the once great but now ageing and unemployed horror star Bela Lugosi. Fun Fact: It has been estimated that the opening title/credit sequence cost more (in unadjusted dollars) than the entire budget of any of the real Edward D. Wood Jr.'s films.
29: Batman Forever | Year Released: 1995 Main Cast; Val Kilmer, Tommy Lee Jones, Jim Carrey and Nicole Kidman Director: Joel Schumacher Producer: Tim Burton Story: The Dark Knight of Gotham City confronts a dastardly duo: Two-Face and the Riddler. Formerly District Attorney Harvey Dent, Two-Face incorrectly believes Batman caused the courtroom accident which left him disfigured on one side; he has unleashed a reign of terror on the good people of Gotham. Edward Nygma, computer-genius and former employee of millionaire Bruce Wayne, is out to get the philanthropist; as The Riddler he perfects a device for draining information from all the brains in Gotham, including Bruce Wayne's knowledge of his other identity. Batman/Wayne is/are the love focus of Dr. Chase Meridan. Former circus acrobat Dick Grayson, his family killed by Two-Face, becomes Wayne's ward and Batman's new partner Robin the Boy Wonder. Fun Fact: In the film there is a doctor named Burton. Tim Burton directed the first two Batman films and produced this sequel.
31: Mars Attacks | Year Released: 1996 Main Cast: Jack Nicholson, Pierce Brosnan and Sarah Jessica Parker Story: President James Dale of the United States and his right-hand man, Jerry Ross discover that an army of Martian UFOs are hovering around the Earth, and everyone has a different response. Some, like Texan alcohol dealer Art Land and slimy newsman Jason Stone, just want to make a profit out of it. Others, such as TV hostess Nathalie Lake, Land's spiritualist wife Barbara and the Southern-like Norris family, are excited, and some, like Dale's wife, Marsha, and daughter, Taffy, don't care. Richie Norris is extremely unintelligent but is only respected by his insane grandmother, while his older brother Billy is favored for joining the army. General Decker doesn't trust the Martians and insist they fight, but General Casey & Professor Kessler are more optimistic. The Martians appear to come in peace but suddenly begin to use their super-powerful and technologically advanced weapons to wipe out the population and great structures. Will anybody find a way to stop them or will they all die in the war with these short, big-brained aliens? Fun Fact: Martian Girl never blinks. Inspiration: The appearance of the aliens was inspired in an old trading card collection that Tim Burton had collected.
33: James and the Giant Peach | Year released: 1996 Main Cast: Paul Terry, Joanna Lumley and Pete Postlethwaite Story: James' happy life at the English seaside is rudely ended when his parents are killed by a rhinoceros and he goes to live with his two horrid aunts. Daringly saving the life of a spider he comes into possession of magic boiled crocodile tongues, after which an enormous peach starts to grow in the garden. Venturing inside he meets not only the spider but a number of new friends including a ladybug and a centipede who help him with his plan to try and get to New York. Fun Fact: Jack Skellington, the hero of The Nightmare Before Christmas makes a cameo when Centipede explores the sunken pirate ship. Centipede even says "Its a Skellington."
43: Sleepy Hollow | Year Released: 1999 Main Cast: Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci and Miranda Richardson Story: In the early United States of America, young policeman Ichabod Crane is sent to from New York to the fledgling settlement of Sleepy Hollow to investigate a series of ghoulish murders. On his arrival, the town council informs him that the three victims were killed in open ground, and the heads had disappeared - taken by a headless ghost that is supposedly responsible. Ichabod is unconvinced of this, but learns more about the ghostly horseman - it is the ghost of a Hessian sent by the British during the revolutionary war, and he was caught by redcoats and decapitated with his own sword. When Ichabod sees the ghost kill one of the town council members, his skepticism evaporates - and he soon discovers that the horseman's ghost has an unholy connection to Balthus Van Tassel, a wealthy farmer - and whose daughter Ichabod is falling in love with... Fun Fact: Christopher Walken's character has no speaking lines, aside from a couple of "Haa"s to his horse and "shhhh." Inspiration: Tim Burton says the movie was inspired by the Gothic horror films of Mario Bava and Hammer Productions. Burton brought a Hammer veteran Michael Gough out of retirement for a small role, and recruited Christopher Lee, a veteran of both Hammer and Bava's pictures, for a cameo.
47: Planet of the Apes | Year Released: 2001 Main Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Roth Story: It is the year 2029: Astronaut Leo Davidson boards a pod cruiser on a Space Station for a "routine" reconnaissance mission. But an abrupt detour through a space time wormhole lands him on a strange planet where talking apes rule over the human race. With the help of a sympathetic chimpanzee activist named Ari and a small band of human rebels, Leo leads the effort to evade the advancing Gorilla Army led by General Thade and his most trusted warrior Attar. Now the race is on to reach a sacred temple within the planet's Forbidden Zone to discover the shocking secrets of mankind's past - and the key to its future. Fun Fact: Director Tim Burton has been quoted as saying that he has a fear of monkeys. He changed the character of Thade from a White Gorilla to a Chimpanzee for this reason.
53: Big Fish | Year Released: 2003 Main Cast: Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney and Billy Crudup Story: This film follows the incredible life of Edward Bloom, through a series of flashbacks that begin when his son Will visits him for the last time. Edward is dying of cancer, and Will hasn't spoken to him for years because he believes him to be a liar that never really cared for his family. As Edward's story unfolds once again, Will tries to finally understand the truth about who his father really was... Fun Facts: Ewan McGregor was cast as Young Ed Bloom when producers noticed the striking similarity between him and pictures of a young Albert Finney, who plays Senior Ed Bloom. Tim Burton hates the circus and is afraid of clowns Inspiration: The movie was based on a 1998 book by Daniel Wallace called Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions.
54: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory | Year Released: 2005 Main Cast:Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore and David Kelly Story: Charlie Bucket comes from a poor family, and spends most of his time dreaming about the chocolate that he loves but usually can't afford. Things change when Willy Wonka, head of the very popular Wonka Chocolate empire, announces a contest in which five gold tickets have been hidden in chocolate bars and sent throughout the country. The kids who find the tickets will be taken on a tour of Wonka's chocolate factory and get a special glimpse of the wonders within. Charlie miraculously finds a ticket, along with four other children much naughtier than him. The tour of the factory will hold more than a few surprises for this bunch. Fun Facts: Willy Wonka's colorful cane is actually filled with Nerds candy, which are sold under the Willy Wonka brand. All the candy in the movie is real including the chocolate river.
61: Corpse Bride | Year Released: 2005 Main Cast: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Emily Watson Story: Blue-tinted, eye-ball-popping, maggot-infested beauty Emily has become known as the Corpse Bride after waiting for her fiancé where the couple planned to rendezvous before getting hitched. When her groom arrives, he kills her, and she rests in the ground to wait for her soul mate, whether he knows he is the Corpse Bride's groom or not. It's a cold dark night, the moon is full, the stars are bright and the forest is a little bit creepy. Wandering through the black mangled trees, Victor just can't memorize his wedding vows. Victor's hesitance towards marriage causes him to jumble the words. Two prominent families have arranged their children to be married in order to overcome financial difficulties. As the objects of betrothal, Victor and Victoria met for the first time the night before their wedding. It only makes sense that Victor, a groom with cold feet, would have trouble remembering tedious wedding vows. Thus Victor ends up in the dark forest ringing his hands and muttering his vows, the vows that the Corpse Bride hears, bringing her out of the grave. Victor suddenly finds himself married to another woman, a voluptuous bombshell bride who also happens to be dead. Whisked away to the Land of the Dead, Victor finds out that living amongst corpses is not as easy as it seems. Heads easily loose their owners and eyes never seem to stay in their sockets, an adjustment that Victor seems reluctant to accept. Once taken into the Land of the Dead, it is nearly impossible to return, causing Victor to choose between risking Victoria's life or giving up his own. Fun Facts: The climactic duel scene, which includes the drinking of poison wine by the antagonist, directly mirrors the climactic duel scene of Shakespeare's 'Hamlet'.
65: Sweeney Todd | Year Released: 2007 Main Cast: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Alan Rickman Story: In the Victorian London, the barber Benjamin Barker is married to the gorgeous Lucy and they have a lovely child, Johanna. The beauty of Lucy attracts the attention of the corrupt Judge Turpin, who falsely accuses the barber of a crime that he did not commit and abuses Lucy later after gaining custody of her. After fifteen years in exile, Benjamin returns to London under the new identity of Sweeney Todd, seeking revenge against Turpin. He meets the widow Mrs. Lovett who is the owner of a meat pie shop who tells him that Lucy committed suicide with arsenic many years ago, and Turpin assigned himself tutor of Johanna. He opens a barber shop above her store, initiating a crime rampage against those who made him suffer and lose his beloved family. Fun Facts: The address on Mrs. Lovett's shop - Number 186 - is a reference to the London legend of Sweeney Todd, which placed his barber shop at this very address.
71: Alice in Wonderland | Year Released: 2010 Main Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Hathaway. Story: Alice, an unpretentious and individual 19-year-old, is betrothed to a dunce of an English nobleman. At her engagement party, she escapes the crowd to consider whether to go through with the marriage and falls down a hole in the garden after spotting an unusual rabbit. Arriving in a strange and surreal place called "Underland," she finds herself in a world that resembles the nightmares she had as a child, filled with talking animals, villainous queens and knights, and frumious bandersnatches. Alice realizes that she is there for a reason--to conquer the horrific Jabberwocky and restore the rightful queen to her throne. Fun Fact: The first Tim Burton film to pass the 300 million mark in the United States. One of Alice's ships at the end is named the "Wonder," an allusion to Disney Cruise Line's "Wonder" ship.
72: Artwork By Tim Burton