Sunday, August 25, 2013

Happy Birthday, Tim Burton!

Tim Burton was born on August 25, 1958, in Burbank, California. After a shaky start to his career working for the Disney studio, he has gone on to become a renowned (sometimes controversial) film director, film producer, writer, artist and animator. He may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I greatly admire him and love his truly original brand of filmmaking. He would definitely be on my list of ultimate fantasy dinner party guests.


Tim Burton's dark, gothic, and quirky aesthetic has seeped into every corner of popular culture and has influenced many contemporary filmmakers, writers, illustrators, designers, and animators. His distinctive style and recurring collaborations with certain actors and crew members have caused somewhat of a backlash against him in recent years, but that's exactly what I adore about him and I take pleasure in the fact that he continues to defiantly march to the beat of his own drum.

Tim Burton Concept Art









Beetlejuice, Batman Returns and Sleepy Hollow are amongst my all-time favourite movies. Not to mention Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Frankenweenie, Corpse Bride, and yes, the much maligned Dark Shadows too! [Incidentally, Coraline, which I also love, is NOT a Tim Burton film. That popular misconception seems to have arisen from the fact that both The Nightmare Before Christmas and Coraline were directed by Henry Selick.]

Beetlejuice





Batman Returns



Sleepy Hollow
So, if you're a fan like me, which three Tim Burton movies would you pick as your favourites?


34 comments:

  1. I can only pick three? That's a toughie, but I'd go with Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, and Ed Wood.
    (Guess I have a thing for Eds! lol.)

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    1. I know! It's hard to pick just three, Holly! I made my choices based simply on the number of times I've watched the movies. I can never seem to get enough of watching my three picks!

      Tim Burton obviously has a thing for Eds too... and Victors. ;D

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  2. I love all of Tim Burton, but some of my favourites are: Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Mars Attack

    Happy Birthday :)

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    1. Hi Zombydolls,

      I've never watched 'Mars Attacks' properly. I've only caught it in bits and pieces. I really must sit down and watch the whole movie soon! :)

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  3. Happy Birthday Tim Burton!
    Sleepy Hollow is one of my absolute favorite movies and I watch it several times a year (especially before Halloween). Watching Tim Burton's films is always a visual feast, but sometimes they are a little "off". This might be a controversial view in gothic company - but I think he fairs better when sticking to producing, creating sets and the like.

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    1. Haha. Don't worry, Ms Misantropia, you're safe here! I'm interested in all opinions on the subject, and Lawd knows, I'm rarely, if ever, the voice of popular opinion myself. ;D

      I adore 'Sleepy Hollow', and especially at Halloween. It's an absolute must-watch for that time of year!

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  4. wooo! Happy birthday Tim! I love Helena, too! am jealous of her hair! I love his art as well! Sleepy Hollow is one of my favourite movies ever!

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    1. Hi Laura,

      Yes, Helena and Tim are quite the dynamic duo! I was lucky enough to get to see his artwork when the Tim Burton Exhibition came to Melbourne in 2010. It was fabulous! :)

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  5. What a guy! Happy Birthday Tim. :)
    My favourites are, in order of total greatness, are Sleepy Hollow, Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands.
    His sense of humour and artistry are just so appealing.
    Great post Emma!

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    1. Hi Siobhan,

      I love 'Edward Scissorhands' too and the only reason I didn't put it in the top three was that I've got to be in the right frame of mind to watch it. It's such a beautiful fable, but it's also sooooo sad! I always end up sobbing by the end of it.

      'Beetlejuice' is just the most fun film ever! And 'Sleepy Hollow'... well, it's so chock full of Halloweenie atmosphere. A perfect blend of the beautiful, funny, dark and macabre. :)

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  6. My three favourites would have to be Sleepy Hollow, Sweeney Todd and Edward Scissorhands. But that was a hard pick, Little Gothic Horrors!

    I didn't realize there'd been a backlash against him for working with the same actors and crew members. What's the deal with that? That's what I love most - that you can almost always count on seeing Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter! :D

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    1. Hi Insomniac's Attic,

      'Sweeney Todd' is another one that I've only caught in patches, so I'll have to remedy that.

      Yes, there are different camps when it comes to Burton films. I like the recurring collaborations too. There's a warm, community feeling knowing that certain people are an entrenched part of the Tim Burton filmmaking "family".

      I think there are people who aren't necessarily fans of Tim Burton himself, but just of a few of his movies, and want him to try something new and different. Those of us who are Tim Burton diehards, however, love his distinctive style and want to see a "Tim Burton" movie when we see a Tim Burton movie.

      The poor guy cops a lot of flak. I saw a recent video of him at an animation masterclass for Canadian college students and although he was asked to critique their work, he wouldn't say anything negative. He said that he had experienced plenty of criticism and knew how bad it felt and didn't want to dish it out. He just focused on what he liked about their films. It was very sweet and made me like him even more! :)

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    2. That is sweet ... most people when they get that famous assume they know everything about everything, and are more than happy to let everybody know it. I like him even more now, too! :D

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  7. Oh boy, that's difficult.
    Nightmare before Christmas (I do have a shelf full of dolls), Corpse Bride and Sleepy Hollow.
    I love how he doesn't bow down to expectations and it usually works out really well for him.
    But, despite some points of criticism, I always find his work intriguing and beautiful.

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    1. Hi Laury,

      Yes, I love that he just goes ahead and does his own thing too! It's impossible to please everybody, even fans. He just seems to resolutely stay true to himself and I really respect him for that! I can understand how some of his stories may not be to everyone's taste, but when it comes to visual artistry, I really don't think he puts a foot wrong.

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  8. Happy Birthday for the genius \o/ I post about Sleepy Hollow Today :D such a happy coincidence. Happy Birthday Tim Burton.

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    1. Oh and my top three? Sleepy Hollow, of course, bride corpse and Batman (1989).

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    2. Hi Mayara,

      I'm looking forward to seeing your 'Sleepy Hollow' post, Wild Foxx! I can never get enough of Tim Burton's Headless Horseman. :)

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  9. A Happy Birthday indeed! Corpse Bride is probably my favorite.

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    1. Hi Nightwind,

      'Corpse Bride' is a beautiful film. The butterfly scene always chokes me up.

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  10. I enjoy his work. Happy Birthday Tim. My granddaughter likes his animated movies but I am a Beetlejuice fan.

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    1. Hi Julie,

      I love both the animated and live action films, but 'Beetlejuice' is probably my all-time favourite! :)

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  11. Such a great tribute!

    Happy birthday to the wonderful Tim Burton.

    My favourites of his movies - hmm that is a tough one.

    I actually kind of like Big Fish but wouldn't include it in my top three.

    I think, although it's a short one, I'd have to choose Vincent as my definite first choice, swiftly followed by Edward Scissorhands and last but by no means least, Nightmare Before...no...Corpse Bride...or maybe Beetlejuice.

    Nope - I can't do it.

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    1. Thank you, Winter Moon! :)

      Haha. I know! If you're a fan, it's hard to choose. You've just reminded me about 'Vincent'. I completely forgot to add that to my list of faves!

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  12. Happy B'day, Mr. Burton!

    My Top 3 would be:
    1. Ed Wood
    2. Beetlejuice
    3. Edward Scissorhands

    I'm more of an oldschool Burton fan. Like Depp, he was genius in the 90s, but lost it in the 00s, repeating his signature style over and over again.

    I'd love to see him doing another film like Ed Wood. Excited for his upcoming "Big Eyes" which looks like it's going into a completely different non-Burton direction. Also, Christoph Waltz ftw!! =)

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    1. I'm looking forward to 'Big Eyes' too, Maynard! The story behind the Walter and Margaret Keane art scandal sounds fascinating.

      You know, I've never seen all of 'Ed Wood'. I've seen lots of clips, but somehow I've never gotten around to seeing the whole movie, even though I've always wanted to because I've seen 'Plan 9 from Outer Space'. Danny saw Ed Wood's 'Glen or Glenda' years ago and still laughs about it. :)

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  13. The Nightmare Before Christmas
    Edward Scissorhands
    Coraline

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  14. Top three favorite Tim Burton movies. Hmmm.... I think mine would have to be.

    1: Beetlejuice
    2: Edward Scissorhands
    3: Sleepy Hollow.

    :)

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    1. Hi Jenny,

      I would have been in a state of shock if 'Beetlejuice' hadn't made the cut! ;D

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  15. I adore Tim Burton - Beetlejuice, A Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands, The Corpse Bride... What's not to like? Thanks for the awesome pics! :-)

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    1. Thank you, Lexa! And I couldn't agree more. When it comes to Tim Burton, "what's not to like". :D

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  16. I love Tim Burton,too!!! I guess my top three favorites are:

    1. Frankenweenie
    2. Corpse Bride
    3. The Nightmare Before Christmas

    I kind of like Beetlejuice,but it's not one of my top three. I guess it's number four. Anyway nice blog.

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    1. Hi SamheartsNormanXCarrie,

      I love all Tim Burton's stop-motion movies too! I never think of them as simply kid's movies. They're all such beautiful works of art with really poignant storylines. :)

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