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Timothy Walter "Tim" 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 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, Creepy Shadowed Undereyes, spooky monsters) with high kitsch suburban settings.


His full length works, most of which are adaptations of something or other, are:

Asterisks indicate titles starring Burton's favorite leading man, Johnny Depp.

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.


Notable tropes in Burton's films include:


Example of: