->''"Tim Burton. Right... [[{{Guyliner}} Lots of eyeliner]]... [[GermanExpressionism Vertical stripes]]... Creator/DannyElfman... [[WellDoneSonGuy Daddy issues]]... [[EveryoneLovesBlondes Blonde]] [[TheIngenue ingenue]]..."''
-->-- '''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick'''

'''Timothy Walter "Tim" Burton''' (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 Disney animator, working together with Andreas Deja. Before rising to fame, he made an animated short called ''Vincent'', a short film called ''Frankenweenie'' and an version of "Aladdin And His Wonderful Lamp" (the latter for ''Shelley Duvall's Series/FaerieTaleTheatre'').

Burton's signature style combines creepy situations with child-like 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:]]
* ''Film/PeeWeesBigAdventure'' (1985)
* ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'' (1988)
* ''Film/{{Batman}}'' (1989)
* ''Film/EdwardScissorhands'' (1990)*
* ''Film/BatmanReturns'' (1992)
* ''Film/EdWood'' (1994)*
* ''Film/MarsAttacks'' (1996)
* ''Film/SleepyHollow'' (1999)*
* ''Film/{{Planet of the Apes|2001}}'' (2001)
* ''Film/BigFish'' (2003)
* ''Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' (2005)*
* ''WesternAnimation/CorpseBride'' (2005; co-director)*
* ''Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'' (2007)*
* ''Film/AliceInWonderland'' (2010)*
* ''Film/DarkShadows'' (2012)*
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Frankenweenie}}'' (2012 -- remake of his 1984 original)
* ''Film/BigEyes'' (2014)
* ''Film/MissPeregrinesHomeForPeculiarChildren'' (2016)

Also, he conceived and produced 1993's ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'', which was directed by Henry Selick. (Burton intended to direct that film, but production on ''Film/BatmanReturns'' got in the way.) Burton also co-produced Selick's next film, 1996's ''Film/JamesAndTheGiantPeach'', and the feature-length version of Shane Acker's ''WesternAnimation/{{Nine}}''. Meanwhile, ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'' was adapted into a [[WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}} cartoon series]] (with Burton credited as a producer) that ran on Creator/{{ABC}} and FoxKids for several years, although it was [[InNameOnly radically different from the movie version]].

The asterisked titles in the above list all star Creator/JohnnyDepp, Burton's favored leading man.
!!Notable tropes in Burton's films include:

* AssociatedComposer: Creator/DannyElfman!
* 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''
* ChekhovsArmoury: On a regular basis.
* CircusOfFear: Elements thereof crop 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]]).
* CreatorBacklash: Not as extreme as some examples, but he once confessed that, with the exception of ''Pee-Wee's Big Adventure'', he doesn't much enjoy watching his older films because the memories are too personal for him to view them objectively.
* CreatorBreakdown: His brief tenure at Disney as an animator for ''WesternAnimation/TheFoxAndTheHound'' was a nightmare. Aside from not being able to emulate Disney's in-house look (he claims most of his drawings "looked like roadkill"), he frequently had outbursts of literal insanity, including a particularly brutal afternoon where he ''[[BodyHorror pulled out his wisdom teeth]] and ran screaming through the hallways with his [[BloodFromTheMouth mouth spewing blood!!]]''
* 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.
* 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.
* [[PlayingAgainstType Directing Against Type]]: His ''Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes'' remake didn't have any of the SignatureStyle elements from his other movies.
** He seems to be attempting this with ''Film/BigEyes'', his first live-action film in years not to feature any of his [[ProductionPosse regular performers]].
* 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/AliceInWonderland'', and ''Film/DarkShadows'' (whew!).
* FollowTheLeader: He's arguably the most imitated fantasy director since Creator/StevenSpielberg. This ties into RecycledTrailerMusic -- some films trying to ape his style use scores first used in his work.
** [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0797869/ Brad Silberling]], who brought us the movie adaptations of ''Film/{{Casper}}'' and ''Film/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents''.
** Henry Selick, whose stop-motion style is very Burton-esque; so much so that Burton produced two of the films he directed (''Film/JamesAndTheGiantPeach'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas''). It also caused some people to assume that Tim Burton was involved with ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}'', when in reality, his involvement was probably no more than inspiring the artistic style.
** Take a browse through the gallery of any Website/DeviantArt user who lists Burton as one of their influences and you can be certain their drawings will look like his.
* GermanExpressionism: His aesthetic style is completely derived from this film movement.
* GothSpirals: One of his signature motifs. 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: Edward Scissorhands.
** As is Sweeney Todd. According to Depp, it's because he has a nephew with that stripe, and given that Tim himself has the look...
* 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/SleepyHollow'', Jack scaring Lock, Shock, and Barrel in ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'', ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'' (many examples), 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.
* PlayingAgainstType: While Burton's choice to cast Michael Keaton as Batman was surprising at the time (see trope entry), it's his work with Johnny Depp that's most famous for invoking this trope. Depp was eager to move on from ''21 Jump Street'', which made him famous but threatened to typecast him, and doing ''Edward Scissorhands'' (and, for Creator/JohnWaters, ''Cry-Baby'') in 1990 was incredibly effective. "Eccentric protagonist" has ''become'' Depp's "type" for Burton.
* ProductionPosse: More often than not, Burton's films will star Creator/JohnnyDepp, Creator/HelenaBonhamCarter, Creator/ChristopherLee, and be composed by Creator/DannyElfman.
* PromotedFanboy: A lifelong admirer of Creator/VincentPrice, he not only had the pleasure of casting him on a few of his projects, but the two were also close friends until the former's passing.
* 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.
* SceneryPorn: It's not for nothing ''Batman'', ''Sleepy Hollow'', and ''Sweeney Todd'' won art direction Oscars.
* {{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.
* SignatureStyle: Creator/JohnnyDepp and/or Creator/HelenaBonhamCarter, and LooksLikeCesare. Even ''Alice'''s characters all looked like they needed more sleep.
** Creator/ChristopherLee has also appeared in many of his more recent films.
** 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.
* TechnicianVersusPerformer: The performer. His films are more known for their style than their stories; they are there, but they tend to not be that refined or fleshed-out.
* TroubledBackstoryFlashback: Hatter in ''Film/AliceInWonderland'', Ichabod in ''Film/SleepyHollow'', Edward in ''Film/EdwardScissorhands'', the bride via song in ''WesternAnimation/CorpseBride'', Film/{{Sweeney Todd|TheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet}}, and Maggie (Victoria) in ''Film/DarkShadows''.