Timothy Walter Burton (August 25, 1958) is an American director, producer, artist, writer, and animator. He first gained attention with the stop motion animated short Vincent (1982), narrated by horror legend Vincent Price; followed by the live action short Frankenweenie (1984), with Shelley Duvall, and Daniel Stern, and Barret Oliver. He made his feature film debut with Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (1985), with Paul Reubens, E.G. Daily, Mark Holton, Diane Salinger, and Judd Omen. This was followed by the gothic horror comedy Beetlejuice (1988), with Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Winona Ryder, Catherine O’Hara, Jeffrey Jones, Sylvia Sidney, and Michael Keaton; and the superhero blockbuster Batman (1989), with Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Michael Gough, Billy Dee Williams, and Jack Palance; and its first sequel, Batman Returns (1992), with Keaton, Michelle Pfeiffer, Danny DeVito, and Christopher Walken.
Films in the 1990s include Edward Scissorhands (1990), with Johnny Depp (their first of many collaborations), Ryder, Diane Wiest, Anthony Michael Hall, Alan Arkin, and Price (in on of his last roles); Ed Wood (1994), with Depp, Martin Landau, and Bill Murray; Mars Attacks! (1996), with Nicholson, Glenn Close, Annette Bening, Pierce Brosnan, DeVito, Martin Short, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michael J. Fox, Rod Steiger, Tom Jones, Lukas Haas, Pam Grier, Natalie Portman, Jim Brown, Lisa Marie, and Sidney; and Sleepy Hollow (1999), with Depp, Christina Ricci, Miranda Richardson, Michael Gambon, Casper Van Dien, Christopher Lee, and Jones.
Films in the 2000s include Planet of the Apes (2001), with Mark Wahlberg, Tim Roth, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Clarke Duncan, Kris Kristofferson, Estella Warren, Paul Giamatti; Big Fish (2003), with Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange, Carter, Alison Lohman, Robert Guillaume, Marion Cotillard, Steve Buscemi and DeVito; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), with Depp, Freddie Highmore, David Kelly, Carter, Noah Taylor, Missi Pyle, James Fox, Deep Roy, and Lee; Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), with, Depp, Carter, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall, and Sacha Baron Cohen; and Alice in Wonderland (2010), with Mia Wasikowska, Depp, Anne Hathaway, Carter, Crispin Glover, Matt Lucas, and the voices of Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen, and Spall.
Films in the 2010s Dark Shadows (2012), with Depp, Pfeiffer, Carter, Eva Green, Jackie Earle Haley, Jonny Lee Miller, Chloë Grace Moretz, and Bella Heathcote; Big Eyes (2014), with Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Danny Huston, Jon Polito, Krysten Ritter, Jason Schwartzman, and Terrence Stamp; Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016), Green, Asa Butterfield, Chris O’Dowd, Allison Janney, Rupert Everett, Stamp, Ella Purnell, Judi Dench, and Samuel L. Jackson; and Dumbo (2019), with Colin Farrell, Keaton, DeVito, Green and Arkin.
Burton produced the stop motion animated musical The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), directed by Henry Selick, with the voices of Chris Sarandon, O’Hara, William Hickey, Ken Page, Reubens, Glenn Shadix, and Ed Ivory; co-directed with Mike Johnson the stop motion animated musical Corpse Bride (2005), with the voices of Depp, Carter, Emily Watson, Tracey Ullman, Paul Whitehouse, Joanna Lumley, Finney, Richard E. Grant, and Lee; and directed a feature stop motion adaptation of Frankenweeinie (2012), with the voices of Charlie Tahan, Short, O’Hara, Landau, Ryder, Atticus Shaffer, Robert Capron, Conchata Ferrell, James Hiroyuki Liao, and Tom Kenny.
Each new review will be linked to the title below.
(*seen originally in theaters)
(**seen rereleased in theaters)
- The Island of Doctor Agor (1971) – short
- Prehistoric Caveman (1971) – short
- Houdini: The Untold Story (1971) – short
- Tim’s Dreams (1972) – short
- 1997 (1974) – short
- Doctor of Doom (1979) short
- King and Octopus Animation (1979) – short
- Stalk of the Celery Monster (1979) – short
- Luau (1982) – short
- Vincent (1982) – short
- Frankenweenie (1984) – short
- Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985)
- Beetlejuice (1988)**
- Batman (1989)**
- Edward Scissorhands (1990)
- Batman Returns (1992)
- The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) – directed by Henry Selick – producer, story
- Ed Wood (1994)
- Mars Attacks (1996)*
- Sleepy Hollow (1999)
- Planet of the Apes (2001)*
- Big Fish (2003)*
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
- Corpse Bride (2005)* co-director
- Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
- Alice in Wonderland (2010)*
- Dark Shadows (2012)
- Frankenweenie (2012)
- Big Eyes (2014)
- Miss Peregrine’s Home Home for Peculiar Children (2016)
- Dumbo (2019)