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

He studied at CalArts 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 Vincent (narrated by a personal 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 and protagonists that harken back to German Expressionism, Gothic Horror, Creepy Shadowed Undereyes, spooky monsters and the like) with high-kitsch suburban settings.

Feature films & other works directed by Burton

Other Works Burton was involved in:

  • Amazing Stories (1986) - Character designs for the episode Family Dog.
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) - Character designs and story. Contrary to popular belief, he invokeddid not direct it, Henry Selick did. Burton did intend to direct that film, but production on Batman Returns and pre-production on Ed Wood 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.
  • Batman Forever (1995) - Credited as a producer, though his only real involvement was appearing in a few meetings and approving the screenwriters before leaving the project altogether. Notably, he had no involvement whatsoever with Batman & Robin, the next (and final) film in the series.
  • 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.

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Tim Burton roll call: Johnny Depp, Lisa Marie, and Helena Bonham Carter.

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