Tim Burton – The Legacy So Far


In the several decades that he’s been working as a filmmaker, Tim Burton managed to completely transform modern cinema. His expressive and unbiased nature made him renowned among the Hollywood entourages and throughout the world of devoted movie consumers. The pictures of Burton contain impressive fictitious elements, dark fantasy nuances and twisted, yet spectacular interpretations of folklore and popular stories.
Tim Burton is many things; a producer, a director, a writer and animator. Not only did he graduate from CalArts, but the names attributed to him are well-merited. Talented and ingenious, he is passionate about his work and continued to pour life into his characters envisioned ever since his childhood. Loyal to his hard-working routine and “comrades”, Burton’s movies are easily distinguishable through several traits that they encompass:

– Clear distinction between the protagonist and antagonist (intricate, genuine characters)
– The cast is unchanging (Burton designed his movies trying to leave his imprint clear; the versatility of actors being very important)
– The movies are generally centered on a character that is either suffering from a Byronian complex or is a mad genius, horrific maniac, misunderstood writer, etc.)
– Often times the main characters are eponymous
– The makeup and clothing design, as well as the decorum and special FX used to build the scenery and characters are rich, innovative, generally gothic fantasy oriented, with traces of macabre and surreal art.
– The score is always at the hands of Danny Elfman
– Themes generally include childhood (nostalgia, dilemmas, myths and legends), Halloween, Christmas, the snowy season or late fall, popularity and the lack of it, medical procedures and harrowing laboratories, etc.
– Use of Stop Motion animation
– This said, the movies of Tim Burton are visually enchanting, with well-written scripts and catchy components.

Animated Series:
Having laid out the concept and prerequisites for Batman, Tim Burton gave a great source of inspiration and basis for the creation of Batman: The Animated Series (1992-1995), made by Bill Finger and Bob Kane.


The World of Stainboy (2000) a short animated series about a strange boy who partakes on a voyage in the past to find out more about other odd matters.


The TV series Beetlejuice (1989-1991) drew its inspiration from the movie of the same name, depicting the wacky ghost Beetlejuice and the sympathetic girl, Lydia.


Notable Short Movies:
The Island of Doctor Agor (1971)
Vincent (1982)
Stalk of The Celery Monster (1979)


Noteworthy Movies:
Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985)


Batman (1989)


Edward Scissorhands (1990)


Batman Returns (1992)


The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)


James and The Giant Peach (1996)


Sleepy Hollow (1999)


Planet of the Apes (2001)

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Big Fish (2003)


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)


Corpse Bride (2005)


Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)


Alice in Wonderland (2010)


Frankenweenie (2012)


Big Eyes (2014)


Tim Burton is currently producing three more movies, the sequel to Alice in Wonderland, Alice Through the Looking Glass, scheduled to be released in the summer of 2016, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (based on the novel written by Ransom Riggs) and a follow-up to the dark comedy, Beetlejuice.

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