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Tim Burton [15]


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Born:August 25, 1958 (59)
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IMDB Rating:7.02 / 10
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List of Titles and Roles/Jobs:
The Muppet Movie [1979](21) => Muppet Performer (unconfirmed) (voice) (uncredited)
Tron [1982](24) => Animator - uncredited
Pee-Wee's Big Adventure [1985](27) => Director / Thug in alley  (uncredited)
Beetlejuice [1988](30) => Director
Batman [1989](31) => Director
Edward Scissorhands [1990](32) => Director / Story) Producer*
Batman Returns [1992](34) => Director / Producer
The Nightmare Before Christmas [1993](35) => Producer Story Characters
Batman Forever [1995](37) => Producer
Planet of the Apes [2001](43) => Director
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory [2005](47) => Director
9 [2009](51) => Producer
Alice in Wonderland [2010](52) => Director
Men In Black 3 [2012](54) => Alien on TV Monitors (uncredited)
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children [2016](58) => Director / Passenger on an attraction (uncredited)

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Batman Returns [1992]
  • The first script draft of Batman Returns was intended to be a direct-sequel to the previous film. As a result, sub plots and continuity from the first film that would have been addressed included gift shops selling fragments of the destroyed Bat-Wing, further revelations into the past of the now deceased Jack Napier AKA Joker, and even Bruce Wayne proposing to Vicki Vale by the end of the film. However, Tim Burton was uncomfortable in making a direct sequel and as a result, the script was rewritten. However, several plot elements from the original script did make it into the final draft. This included the Penguin and Catwoman's alliance, their framing of Batman, and the Dark Knight's escape via Bat-Glider. Further elements even made their way into the third film, Batman Forever, most notably the storming of Wayne Manor and the Batcave.
    Planet of the Apes [2001]
  • The "reworked" Tim Burton ending for this film is based on the original book ending as written by Pierre Boulle.
  • Director Tim Burton has been quoted as saying that he has a fear of monkeys.
    Rise of the Planet of the Apes [2011]
  • This is the first [Planet of the Apes] film in which neither Charlton Heston nor Roddy McDowall, the stars of the original Planet of the Apes, are involved in the actual film making. Heston died on April 5, 2008 at the age of 84 whereas McDowall died on October 3, 1998 at the age of 70. It is, however, Charlton Heston's 5th 'appearence' in the [Planet of the Apes] franchise. 1) He starred in the original; 2) co-starred in Beneath the Planet of the Apes; 3) was seen in archive footage (kissing Zira in a sepia yellow flashback) in Escape from the Planet of the Apes; 4) had a cameo as Zaius in Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes remake; and 5) can be seen on the TV set in the Ape bunkhouse in the role of Michelangelo from The Agony and the Ecstasy in this movie.
    Beetlejuice [1988]
  • The only cast member who would initially commit to the project was Geena Davis. Michael Keaton, Winona Ryder, Catherine O'Hara, and Sylvia Sidney all said no at least once. Producer [?] David Geffen convinced Michael Keaton's manager to convince Michael to meet with director Tim Burton. Once Michael said yes, Tim Burton personally called Sylvia Sidney and begged her to do the movie, and he flew out to meet with Catherine O'Hara to convince her as well.
  • Tim Burton originally wanted Sammy Davis Jr., a favorite star of his since childhood, to play the role of Betelgeuse but studio executives didn't like that idea at all.
  • The studio disliked the title Beetle Juice and wanted to call the film House Ghosts. As a joke, Tim Burton suggested the name Scared Sheetless and was horrified when the studio actually considered using it.
    The Black Cauldron [1985]
  • Tim Burton, who worked as a conceptual artist on this film, wanted to incorporate minions of the Horned King that were akin to the "facehuggers" from the Alien movie series. Some samples of his work can be seen on Disney's 2000 DVD of this title.
    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory [2005]
  • Johnny Depp was so impressed with Freddie Highmore's performance in Finding Neverland that he recommended that Tim Burton observe him for the role of Charlie Bucket.
    Edward Scissorhands [1990]
  • During the scene where Vincent Price dies, he actually fainted on the set as it was filmed. Tim Burton decided the take was fine and kept it for the morbidity of it.
  • The neighborhood is based on Tim Burton's hometown, Burbank.
  • Edward Scissorhands is Tim Burton's favourite of all his films.
    Godzilla [1998]
  • When this modern remake was first conceived in 1990 James Cameron was originally offered the chance to direct. When he passed Tim Burton was connected for a few years, with Joe Johnston's name bandied about for some time also. Paul Verhoeven was going to direct but he passed on the project. Then Jan de Bont was attached and set to direct but his budget for the film, estimated at $150 million, was higher than the studio was willing to pay. After he was let go, Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin came in.
    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone [2001]
  • Tim Roth was a leading contender for the role of Professor Severus Snape. Roth dropped out of contention, however, to pursue his role as General Thade in Tim Burton's adaptation of Planet of the Apes.
    How the Grinch Stole Christmas [2000]
  • For a while, Tim Burton was considering to direct, but could not due to a conflict with another movie.
    The Muppet Movie [1979]
  • In a 2004 interview, John Landis revealed that he was the puppeteer for Grover during the final sequence, as Frank Oz was busy operating Miss Piggy. Landis also noted that Tim Burton was also among the many puppeteers in the finale.
    The Nightmare Before Christmas [1993]
  • Tim Burton has said the original poem was inspired after seeing Halloween merchandise display in a store being taken down and replaced by a Christmas display. The juxtaposition of ghouls and goblins with Santa and his reindeer sparked his imagination.
  • For the 2008 Special Edition Blu-ray/DVD release, Christopher Lee narrated an animated version of the original poem written by Tim Burton.
    Superman Returns [2006]
  • Kevin Smith's original script, to which Tim Burton was immediately attached, was based on a 1993 story arc in the comic books in which Superman was killed by a creature named Doomsday and then brought back to life more powerful than before. After a lengthy development process, Warner Bros. chose not to go with Smith's script and hired other writers, such as [Alias] creator J.J. Abrams, to revive the series.
    Watchmen: Director's Cut [2009]
  • Tim Burton was at one point interested in directing the film with Johnny Depp as The Comedian. But he began work on Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Alice in Wonderland, and passed on the offer.
    Pee-Wee's Big Adventure [1985]
  • Director Cameo: Tim Burton: the thug who accosts Pee-wee just before he enters the fortune teller's studio.
  • Tim Burton and Paul Reubens brought on Danny Elfman as composer after Burton had attended concerts by Oingo Boingo, of which Elfman was lead singer and songwriter. Elfman was originally apprehensive, having no formal music training, but he was assisted by Boingo guitarist [?] Steve Bartek as orchestrator. Elfman later said that hearing his music performed by an orchestra for the first time was one of the most thrilling experiences of his life.
  • Tim Burton's directorial debut.
    9 [2009]
  • Being a Tim Burton production, some of his trademarks have made it into the film. The themes of outsiders or the alienated triumphing over adversity. Some of his design schemes are present like stripes. The funeral scene looks very similar to the one in Burton's Batman Returns. And people who've worked with Burton helped make the film, like Martin Landau. The film was also co-composed by Burton's frequent composer Danny Elfman.
    Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children [2016]
  • Tim Burton trademark: The two dolls that Enoch created are filmed with stop motion, something used in almost all of Tim Burton's films.
  • The first film since Big Eyes where Burton didn't use Johnny Depp or Helena Bonham Carter, in addition to the above not using Danny Elfman. Elfman was unable to score this film due to scheduling conflicts with Alice Through the Looking Glass. This makes Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children the third Tim Burton film not scored by Danny Elfman. The first being Ed Wood and the second being Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
  • This is the third time that Tim Burton and O-Lan Jones worked together. The first time was Edward Scissorhands and the second was Mars Attacks!. It's also the second collaboration between Eva Green and Judi Dench. They previously co-starred in Casino Royale, released ten years previously.
  • Judi Dench portrays Miss Avocet, in her first collaboration with Tim Burton. Burton said of her character: "In the peculiar world, women are the protectors. Miss Avocet is the head of another peculiar school. But, much like the bird in her name, she's a bit more of a nervous, flighty energy than Miss Peregrine".
  • Tim Burton described Miss Peregrine as "a scary Mary Poppins". She also has the ability to turn into a bird.
  • This marks the second collaboration between actress Eva Green and director Tim Burton, the first being Dark Shadows. Long before their first collaboration, Green stated that Burton was one of the directors she dreamed of working with.
  • Ransom Riggs' novel was partly inspired by otherworldly vintage photographs, one of them being a cover shot of a levitating girl. The author collected these at flea markets, included them in the book and later showed them all to director Tim Burton before filming began.
  • Tim Burton aimed to use as few digital effects as possible; "It was nice to shoot on location, to be connected to a place and geography while having people actually floating, as opposed to doing it all digitally".
    Alice in Wonderland [2010]
  • Before Tim Burton was involved with the project, Anne Hathaway was offered the titular role of Alice, but she turned it down because it was too similar to other roles she had previously played. However, she was keen to work with Burton, so was pleased to be cast as the White Queen. She shot all her scenes in two weeks. The Los Angeles Times reported that film director Tim Burton based Anne Hathaway's White Queen on a TV cook who writes cookbooks. "There's this very beautiful cooking show host in England named [?] Nigella Lawson, and I quietly had her as my image for this character," Burton said. "She's really beautiful and she does all this cooking, but then there's this glint in her eye and when you see it you go, 'Oh, whoa, she's like really ... nuts.' I mean in a good way. Well, maybe. I don't know."
  • This film marks the 7th time Johnny Depp has worked under the direction of Tim Burton and the 6th time for Helena Bonham Carter.
  • Tim Burton and Johnny Depp worked hard to give the Mad Hatter more depth and presence than in past portrayals. In fact, the pair swapped sketches and themes for the character prior to creating this new version.
  • Despite the fact that there have been many other Alice in Wonderland films, Tim Burton has said he never felt an emotional connection to it and always thought it was a series of some girl wandering around from one crazy character to another. (In fact, the original books by Lewis Carroll are part of a once-popular fantasy genre in which the character does nothing except wander around from one crazy encounter to another. Those films which replicated this were being true to the spirit of the original books.) So with this, he attempted to create a framework, an emotional grounding, which he felt he never really had seen in any version before. Tim said that was the challenge for him - to make Alice feel like a story as opposed to a series of events.
  • Tim Burton sought after Barbara Windsor for the role of The Dormouse because he is a fan of her TV show EastEnders (1985).
  • For the character of the Jabberwocky, Christopher Lee had originally tried to make his voice 'burble' (as described in the poem "Jabberwocky"). However, Tim Burton convinced him to use his actual voice, as he found it more intimidating.
  • Actress Mia Wasikowska beat out several candidates for the role of Alice, including Amanda Seyfried and [?] Lindsay Lohan, who lobbied for the role. According to Tim Burton, it was Mia Wasikowska's gravity that won her the role.
    Alice Through the Looking Glass [2016]
  • This film marks Tim Burton and Danny Elfman's 17th film, this is also the 2nd time Burton Produced a film with Danny Elfman doing the score, the first one was The Nightmare Before Christmas.
  • This film marks Tim Burton and Johnny Depp's ninth collaboration together following Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Alice in Wonderland, and Dark Shadows. This is also their first collaboration wherein Tim doesn't direct, but produces.
  • Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Timothy Spall have all starred alongside each other in one of Tim Burton's other films, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
  • This is the first film Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton have worked on together after their amicable split.
  • This is the third movie featuring Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter, following Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Les Misérables. "Sweeney Todd" was directed by Tim Burton, who directed Alice in Wonderland and is producing this film.
    The LEGO Batman Movie [2017]
  • Billy Dee Williams voices the nefarious Two-Face in this movie. Williams had previously portrayed Two-Face's "good" alter ego, Harvey Dent, in Tim Burton's Batman. He was very eager to also portray Two-Face but did not get the chance to, due to Joel Schumacher taking over the franchise with Batman Forever and recasting the role with Tommy Lee Jones. Billy Dee Williams also reprised one of his previous roles in his appearance in The Lego Movie, playing Lando Calrissian from Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back.
    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales [2017]
  • [?] Fredrik Bond, Tim Burton, Alfonso Cuarón, Shawn Levy, Sam Raimi, [?] Rupert Sanders, and Chris Weitz were considered to direct this movie.