->''"Tim Burton. Right... Lots of eyeliner... Vertical stripes... Creator/DannyElfman... Daddy issues... Blonde ingenue..."''

Timothy Walter "Tim" Burton (born August 25, 1958) is an American animator, film director, and King of the {{Perky Goth}}s. He studied at Cal Arts before being hired as a Creator/{{Disney}} animator, working together with Andreas Deja. Before rising to fame, he made a live-action short adaptation of "Hansel and Gretel", the animated short called "Vincent" (narrated by Creator/VincentPrice), the original short version of "Frankenweenie" and "Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp" for Shelley Duvall's ''Series/FaerieTaleTheatre''.

Burton's signature style combines creepy situations with childlike wonder and a morbid sense of humor. His work tends to combine goth aesthetics (black and white sets, CreepyShadowedUndereyes, spooky monsters) with high kitsch suburban settings.
!! [[AC: His full length works, most of which are adaptations of something or other, are:]] [[index]]
* ''Film/PeeWeesBigAdventure'' (1985)
* ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'' (1988)
* ''Film/{{Batman}}'' (1989)
* ''Film/EdwardScissorhands'' (1990)*
* ''Film/BatmanReturns'' (1992)
* ''Film/EdWood'' (1994)*
* ''Film/MarsAttacks'' (1996)
* ''Film/{{Sleepy Hollow|1999}}'' (1999)*
* ''Film/{{Planet of the Apes|2001}}'' (2001)
* ''Film/BigFish'' (2003)
* ''Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' (2005)*
* ''WesternAnimation/CorpseBride'' (2005; co-director)*
* ''Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'' (2007)*
* ''Film/AliceInWonderland2010''*
* ''Film/DarkShadows'' (2012)*
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Frankenweenie}}'' (2012; a remake of Burton's 1984 short)
* ''Film/BigEyes'' (2014)
* ''Film/MissPeregrinesHomeForPeculiarChildren'' (2016) [[/index]]

Asterisks indicate titles starring Burton's favorite leading man, Creator/JohnnyDepp.

Contrary to popular belief, he did ''not'' direct 1993's ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas,'' which was directed by Henry Selick, based on Burton's story. (Burton intended to direct that film, but production on ''Film/BatmanReturns'' got in the way.) Burton would also co-produce Selick's next film, 1996's ''Film/JamesAndTheGiantPeach,'' and the feature-length version of Shane Acker's ''WesternAnimation/{{Nine}}.''

''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'' was adapted into a [[WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}} cartoon series]] (with Burton credited as a producer) that ran on Creator/{{ABC}} and Creator/FoxKids for several years, although it was radically different from the movie version.


!! Notable tropes in Burton's films include:

* AssociatedComposer: Creator/DannyElfman. Who else?
* AuteurLicense: He got his after ''Film/{{Batman}}'' hit it big.
* AuthorAvatar: One gets the sense that he is the main character in many of his own movies. Maybe the most obvious was ''Film/EdwardScissorhands,'' whose main character was a messy haired EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette with a macabre look about him who had trouble fitting in. This goes double if played by Creator/JohnnyDepp -- one Hollywood producer explained that "Basically, Johnny Depp is playing Tim Burton in all his movies." Depp actually agreed.
* {{Bizarrchitecture}}: This trope often crosses over with Scenery Porn.
* BlackComedy: Some of his movies in varying degrees, especially ''Film/MarsAttacks.''
* CentralTheme: His films are usually about isolation, individuality, loneliness and finding your inner self.
* ChekhovsArmoury: On a regular basis.
* CircusOfFear: While not outright coulrophobic, he's terrified of circuses, and loves to play off of this. It crops up in ''Pee-Wee's Big Adventure,'' ''Beetlejuice,'' both of the ''Batman'' films he directed, ''The Nightmare Before Christmas,'' and ''Mars Attacks!'', among others. Subverted in ''Big Fish,'' whose circus people are genuinely friendly folks (although the ringmaster is [[spoiler: a werewolf]]).
* CreatorThumbprint: As listed at the trope entry, there's unusual hands, GermanExpressionism, dogs, GothSpirals, and stripes. To a lesser extent, snowy settings, especially if Christmas is involved. Above all these, he ''loves'' protagonists who are outcasts in some way.
** He also seems to like casting his attractive girlfriends alongside much hotter male leads. [[spoiler: He also seems to like killing off (''Mars Attacks!'' (shot), Sleepy Hollow'' (iron maiden), Sweeney Todd'' (roasted alive), or at least giving a less than happy ending to said girlfriends (''Big Fish'' (spinster cat lady), ''Alice in Wonderland'' (exiled), ''Film/DarkShadows'' (seemingly killed and dumped in the ocean, but survived), and ''Planet of the Apes'' (then girlfriend Lisa Marie and future wife Helena Bonham-Carter were implied to be erased from history).]]
** His biggest AuthorAppeal might be Creator/JohnnyDepp.
** He has a deep appreciation for kitsch. Remember that he grew up in Burbank in the 1960s, which resembled the exact kind of pastel cookie-cutter neighborhood seen in ''Film/EdwardScissorhands'' and where the only way to know about the changing of the seasons was to look at the holiday decorations at the local convenience store.
** As character design goes, he frequently includes MessyHair (much like his own), UndeathlyPallor, CreepyShadowedUndereyes, and unusual menswear (including exaggerated [[NiceHat hats]]).
* CreepyChildrenSinging: Very common in his films, especially the ones scored by Creator/DannyElfman.
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Flim/PeeWeesBigAdventure'' was [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness actually quite colorful and kid friendly,]] at least compared to Burton's later work. ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'' began to introduce darker and more adult elements, and Burton's output only increased in edginess from that point until we got the downright nihilistic ''Film/BatmanReturns'' in 1992. Following the ugly backlash to that last film, Burton retreated from his misanthropy a bit and [[LighterAndSofter returned to his comedic roots]] with ''Film/EdWood'' and ''Film/MarsAttacks.''
* DarkIsNotEvil: It can be benign, world weary, friendly, helpful -- even lovable. That said, when dark ''is'' evil, or at least angry, watch out.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: ''Ed Wood'' and ''Frankenweenie'' are in outright black and white, Halloween Town in ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'' only has touches of color, ''Sweeney Todd'' is shot in mostly desaturated colors, and the living world in ''Corpse Bride'' is much grayer than the world of the dead.
* DreamTeam: He was the character designer for the Creator/StevenSpielberg produced, Creator/BradBird directed ''Series/AmazingStories'' episode "Family Dog." It was exactly as awesome as is to be expected.
* DutchAngle: Crops up in a majority of his films, ranging from blatantly obvious to the blink and you'll miss it variety. For particular examples, please examine ''Film/{{Batman}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas.''
* {{Flashback}}: These figure in ''Batman,'' ''Edward Scissorhands,'' ''Sleepy Hollow,'' ''Big Fish'' (as an alternate explanation of some of [[UnreliableNarrator the father's stories]]), ''Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory,'' ''Sweeney Todd,'' ''Film/AliceInWonderland2010,'' and ''Film/DarkShadows'' (whew!).
* GermanExpressionism: His aesthetic style is completely derived from this film movement.
* GothSpirals: One of his signature motifs, which he subverts when it even pops up in his less spooky films. Look closely at the page picture; he even has one in his hair.
* TheGrotesque: Edward Scissorhands is an excellent modern example. The Penguin in ''Batman Returns'' is a cruel subversion -- he masquerades as this to gain sympathy and make a grab for power.
* HeterosexualLifePartner: His house is apparently divided down the middle, one half for his wife (Creator/HelenaBonhamCarter) and his two children, and the other for BFF Creator/JohnnyDepp.
* LonersAreFreaks: It seems like he dedicated almost all of his movies to invert the trope.
* LooksLikeCesare: Not only does Burton himself look like this, so do Edward Scissorhands and Sweeney Todd. (the latter had Depp adding he has a nephew with that SkunkStripe)
* LooksLikeOrlok: The Penguin.
* MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold: With Film/EdwardScissorhands as the {{trope codifier}}.
* NightmareFace: Burton usually manages to sneak at least one into his movies somewhere. For example, Large Marge in ''Film/PeeWeesBigAdventure,'' the newscaster who takes Smilex in ''Film/{{Batman}},'' the witch in the forest in ''Film/{{Sleepy Hollow|1999}},'' Jack scaring Lock, Shock, and Barrel in ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas,'' ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}},'' (many examples), the twins in ''Film/MissPeregrinesHomeForPeculiarChildren'' and so on and so forth. Even in ''Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' the young Wonka sports [[BracesOfOrthodonticOverkill a rather nightmarish set of braces.]]
* OurMonstersAreDifferent: Many of Burton's protagonists consist of characters who are viewed as terrifying to other characters, but they're actually the heroes of the piece, even if what they do is not in tune with everyone else.
* PersonAsVerb: "Burtonesque" is often used to describe something with a gothic, quirky style.
* PerkyGoth: While he may not be the TropeNamer, he is a stand out. He loves building his films around something in the gothic and the macabre, but Burton himself is a very peace-loving NiceGuy.
* RecycledTrailerMusic: The scores for ''Pee-Wee's Big Adventure,'' ''Edward Scissorhands,'' and ''The Nightmare Before Christmas'' turn up as the music to trailers for other films quite often.
* {{Retraux}}: Many of his films are made to look as if they're set during the forties, fifties, or sixties (the years of Burton's childhood and his parents' adolescence), with contemporary elements seeded throughout.
* SceneryPorn: It's not for nothing ''Batman,'' ''Sleepy Hollow,'' and ''Sweeney Todd'' won art direction Oscars.
* SitcomArchNemesis: An extremely brief one-sided to with Creator/KevinSmith. Burton was indirectly responsible to getting Smith kicked off of the failed ''ComicBook/{{Superman}}'' reboot, ''Superman Lives''. A few years later, Smith half-jokingly accused Burton of ripping off one of his comic books for ''Film/{{Planet of the Apes|2001}}'', to which Burton gave the uncharacteristically nasty response of "Anyone who knows me knows I would never read anything written by Kevin Smith." Smith [[InsultBackfire put this quote on the back of his autobiography]].
* SignatureStyle: Creator/JohnnyDepp and/or Creator/HelenaBonhamCarter, and LooksLikeCesare. Even ''Alice'''s characters all looked like they needed more sleep.
** Creator/ChristopherLee also appeared in many of his TurnOfTheMillenium-era films before Lee's death.
** GothSpirals
** His puppet and drawing designs are instantly recognizable: [[http://a3.idata.over-blog.com/310x345/5/81/44/54/tim-burton-moma.jpg characters with big white round]] ([[http://41.img.v4.skyrock.net/419/iliketimburton/pics/1350263628.jpg or almond shaped]]) heads and big eyes, [[http://wethefreebrooklyn.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/timburtonmoma2.jpg monsters with long and thin jaws]]...
** The color red stands out in his films.
** His especially distinct drawing style.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: While Film/BatmanReturns and Film/SweeneyTodd can be more on the cynical end, most of his films are pretty much on the idealistic end of the scale despite his dark and weird movies and characters.
* TechnicianVersusPerformer: The performer. His films are more known for their style than their stories; they are there, but they tend to be simpler tales, and the more complex ones, like ''Alice'', tend to be weaker.
* TroubledBackstoryFlashback: Bruce Wayne in ''Film/{{Batman}}'', the Mad Hatter in ''Film/AliceInWonderland2010'', Ichabod Crane in ''Film/{{Sleepy Hollow|1999}}'', Edward in ''Film/EdwardScissorhands'', Emily (via song) in ''WesternAnimation/CorpseBride'', Film/{{Sweeney Todd|TheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet}}, and Maggie (Victoria) in ''Film/DarkShadows.''