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Timothy Walter Burton (born August 25, 1958) is an American animator, film director, and the king of the Perky Goths.

He studied at Cal Arts before being hired as a 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 an idol of his, Vincent Price), the original short version of "Frankenweenie" and "Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp" for Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre.

Burton's signature style usually combines creepy situations with childlike wonder and a morbid sense of humor. His work tends to combine goth aesthetics (black and white sets that harken back to German Expressionism, Creepy Shadowed Undereyes, spooky monsters) with high kitsch suburban settings.

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Feature Filmsnote 

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Other Works

  • Vincent (1982) - Animated short.
  • Hansel and Gretel (1983) - TV special created for The Disney Channel and starring an all-Asian cast. He doesn't like to talk about it.
  • Frankenweenie (1984) - Live action short. Later remade into an animated feature (see above).
  • Amazing Stories (1986) - Character designs for the episode Family Dog.
  • The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories (1997) - Collection of poems which he wrote and illustrated.
  • The World Of Stainboy (2000) - Six-episode animated web series based on one of the characters from Oyster Boy.
  • A series of Timex Watch commercials.

Contrary to popular belief, he did not direct 1993's The Nightmare Before Christmas. Henry Selick did, based on Burton's story and designs. Burton did intend to direct that film, but production on Batman Returns got in the way. Burton would also co-produce Selick's next film, 1996's James and the Giant Peach and the feature-length version of Shane Acker's 9.


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