Tim Burton's career began in the early 1980s when he worked as an animator for several Disney projects. His first theatrical feature, PEE-WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE (1985), paved the way for his Hollywood career. He had his first big commercial success with BEETLEJUICE (1988) and the first two BATMAN films (1989 and 1992).
From then on, Burton remained rooted in the fantasy, science-fiction and horror (i.e. cult) genres. He also showed that he could succeed with less infantile material, e.g. the biography of the "worst" director of all time, ED WOOD (1994). He continued delighting audiences with such relentlessly stylish movies as MARS ATTACKS! (1996), SLEEPY HOLLOW (1999) and the remake of PLANET OF THE APES (2001). Another venture into serious drama, BIG FISH (2003) - though not without the trademark fantasy elements - resulted in Burton's best, most compelling film to date.
All of the director's movies bear the mark of an ingenious artist, transporting larger-than-life ideas by the means of dark fantasy. Interestingly, Burton has named Italian cinema icon Mario Bava as one of the directors he was most influenced by.
Burton's collaborators include brilliant composer Danny Elfman, who worked on almost all of his films), and Henry Selick, with whom he made NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS (1993) and JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH (1996). He always works with excellent cinematographers, like Emanuel Lubezki or Philippe Rousselot.
Apart from contributing to the films below, Burton also worked on the TV series "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" and "Amazing Stories".
Official site of Tim Burton: www.TimBurton.com
Stalk of the Celery (1979; dir, scr; short)
The Fox and the Hound (1981; uncred anim)
Tron (1982; uncred anim)
Vincent (1982; dir, scr, prod des; short)
Hansel and Gretel (1982; dir; made for TV)
Frankenweenie (1984; dir; short)
Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp (1984; dir; made for TV)
Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (1985; dir)
The Black Cauldron (1985; uncred anim)
Beetlejuice (1988; dir)
Batman (1989; dir)
Edward Scissorhands (1990; dir, sty, coprod)
Batman Returns (1992; dir, coprod)
Singles (1992; act)
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993; sty, prod des, coprod)
Ed Wood (1994; dir, coprod)
Cabin Boy (1994; coprod)
Batman Forever (1995; coprod)
James and the Giant Peach (1996; coprod)
Mars Attacks! (1996; dir, coprod)
Sleepy Hollow (1999; dir)
Mario Bava: Maestro of the Macabre (2000; documentary features a Burton interview)
Planet of the Apes (2001; dir)
Big Fish (2003; dir; based on the novel by Daniel Wallace)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005; dir)
Corpse Bride (2005; codir, coprod)
© Ron Altman (last update: 03/14/2006)