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Wikipedia Summary for Tim Burton

Timothy Walter Burton (born August 25, 1958) is an American film director, producer, writer and artist. He is known for his gothic fantasy and horror films such as Beetlejuice (1988), Edward Scissorhands (1990), The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), Ed Wood (1994), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Corpse Bride (2005), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), and Frankenweenie (2012). Burton also directed the superhero films Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992), the sci-fi film Planet of the Apes (2001), the fantasy-drama Big Fish (2003), the musical adventure film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), and the fantasy films Alice in Wonderland (2010) and Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016).

Burton has often worked with actors Johnny Depp, and Helena Bonham Carter (his former domestic partner), and composer Danny Elfman (who has composed scores for all but three of the films Burton has directed). He wrote and illustrated the poetry book The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories, published in 1997 by British publishing house Faber and Faber, and a compilation of his drawings, sketches, and other artwork, entitled The Art of Tim Burton, was released in 2009. A follow-up to that book, entitled The Napkin Art of Tim Burton: Things You Think About in a Bar, containing sketches made by Burton on napkins at bars and restaurants he visited, was released in 2015. His accolades include nominations for two Academy Awards and three BAFTA Awards, and wins for an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award.

Quote: I keep thinking I'm going to miss it back in Los Angeles. But I don't. The only thing I miss is driving out in the desert in the Southwest. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

I keep thinking I'm going to miss it back in Los Angeles. But I don't. The only thing I miss is driving out in the desert in the Southwest.


Quote: They took a baseball bat
and whacked open his head.
Mummy Boy fell to the ground;
he finally was dead. 
Inside of his head
were no candy or prizes,
just a few stray beetles
of various sizes. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

They took a baseball bat
and whacked open his head.
Mummy Boy fell to the ground;
he finally was dead.
Inside of his head
were no candy or prizes,
just a few stray beetles
of various sizes.


Quote: The good thing about animation is that you can affect it. If something is not working, then you just fix it. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

The good thing about animation is that you can affect it. If something is not working, then you just fix it.


Quote: I always liked making things, and then I fell into animation. And then luck comes into it as well. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

I always liked making things, and then I fell into animation. And then luck comes into it as well.


Quote: Maybe it's just in America, but it seems that if you're passionate about something, it freaks people out. You're considered bizarre or eccentric. To me, it just means you know who you are. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

Maybe it's just in America, but it seems that if you're passionate about something, it freaks people out. You're considered bizarre or eccentric. To me, it just means you know who you are.


Quote: Danny Elfman, the composer, tells me the only time he thinks I'm happy is when I'm on the scoring stage, and I see the pressure's on him and it's a little off me. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

Danny Elfman, the composer, tells me the only time he thinks I'm happy is when I'm on the scoring stage, and I see the pressure's on him and it's a little off me.


Quote: For me, fantasy has always been a means of exploring reality: it explores the fact that your internal life, your dreams and the weird images and the things that come to you are things that are actually important tools for dealing with real issues. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

For me, fantasy has always been a means of exploring reality: it explores the fact that your internal life, your dreams and the weird images and the things that come to you are things that are actually important tools for dealing with real issues.


Quote: Whether you like it or not, a child really connects you to that time when everything's new. It's so important -- not just for artistic endeavors, but for humanity. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

Whether you like it or not, a child really connects you to that time when everything's new. It's so important -- not just for artistic endeavors, but for humanity.


Quote: That's what I always loved about Federico Fellini's films: You see the weird joy of the weird filmmaking family and the abstract craziness that goes along with it, and there's something about it that's quite beautiful. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

That's what I always loved about Federico Fellini's films: You see the weird joy of the weird filmmaking family and the abstract craziness that goes along with it, and there's something about it that's quite beautiful.


Quote: Everything in this room is edible. Even I'm edible. But, that would be called canibalism. It is looked down upon in most societies. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

Everything in this room is edible. Even I'm edible. But, that would be called canibalism. It is looked down upon in most societies.


Quote: If you've ever had that feeling of loneliness, of being an outsider, it never quite leaves you. You can be happy or successful or whatever, but that thing still stays within you. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

If you've ever had that feeling of loneliness, of being an outsider, it never quite leaves you. You can be happy or successful or whatever, but that thing still stays within you.


Quote: Why would you want to go up there, when people are dying to get down here? by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

Why would you want to go up there, when people are dying to get down here?


Quote: I try not to go back in retrospect and say oh, I shouldn't have done this or shouldn't have done that. You make your decisions and you live by them. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

I try not to go back in retrospect and say oh, I shouldn't have done this or shouldn't have done that. You make your decisions and you live by them.


Quote: Drawing is exercise for a restless imagination. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

Drawing is exercise for a restless imagination.


Quote: If I touch a burning candle
I can feel no pain
If you cut me with a knife
It's still the same
And I know her heart is beating
And I know that I am dead
Yet the pain here that I feel
Try and tell me it's not real
And it seems I still have a tear to shed. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

If I touch a burning candle
I can feel no pain
If you cut me with a knife
It's still the same
And I know her heart is beating
And I know that I am dead
Yet the pain here that I feel
Try and tell me it's not real
And it seems I still have a tear to shed.


Quote: I had seen other stop-motion animated features, and they were either not engaging or they're just too bizarre. There was one I liked when I was a kid called Mad Monster Party. People thought Nightmare was the first stop-motion animated monster musical, but that was. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of Tim Burton quote; white text on black background

I had seen other stop-motion animated features, and they were either not engaging or they're just too bizarre. There was one I liked when I was a kid called Mad Monster Party. People thought Nightmare was the first stop-motion animated monster musical, but that was.


Quote: For some of us, Halloween is everyday. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

For some of us, Halloween is everyday.






Quote: I never really consider myself as a great artist. I just always like to draw. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

I never really consider myself as a great artist. I just always like to draw.




Quote: They took a baseball bat and whacked open his head. Mummy Boy fell to the ground; he finally was dead. Inside of his head were no candy or prizes, just a few stray beetles of various sizes. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

They took a baseball bat and whacked open his head. Mummy Boy fell to the ground; he finally was dead. Inside of his head were no candy or prizes, just a few stray beetles of various sizes.


Quote: I wasn't a big comic book reader. I always had trouble knowing which box to read next. I was always reading from the wrong box. I was like, this is a comic book that doesn't make any sense! I think I was reading them all out of sequence. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

I wasn't a big comic book reader. I always had trouble knowing which box to read next. I was always reading from the wrong box. I was like, this is a comic book that doesn't make any sense! I think I was reading them all out of sequence.


Quote: I'm not a big fan of spiders, rats, especially if they're like -- I got up one morning on a holiday recently, and there was a centipede in the bed that big. I wasn't very happy about that. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

I'm not a big fan of spiders, rats, especially if they're like -- I got up one morning on a holiday recently, and there was a centipede in the bed that big. I wasn't very happy about that.


Quote: There's something about taking a classic movie that people love and doing another version of that, you're setting yourself up for a mistake. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

There's something about taking a classic movie that people love and doing another version of that, you're setting yourself up for a mistake.


Quote: Nobody had his Ed Wood's style. That's something I try to do in my films. You have your own kind of cryptic messages in there -- cryptic things that most people wouldn't understand but are important to you. Things that kind of keep you going through the process. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

Nobody had his Ed Wood's style. That's something I try to do in my films. You have your own kind of cryptic messages in there -- cryptic things that most people wouldn't understand but are important to you. Things that kind of keep you going through the process.


Quote: People always think I get really good reviews, but I don't. That's why I don't go on the Internet much -- because you can go down a dark hole looking at stuff. Once, I clicked on my name and freaked out. It's too bizarre, it's too weird, it's too unsettling. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

People always think I get really good reviews, but I don't. That's why I don't go on the Internet much -- because you can go down a dark hole looking at stuff. Once, I clicked on my name and freaked out. It's too bizarre, it's too weird, it's too unsettling.


Quote: I'm going to put that on my gravestone. He created such a category of unwanted pop culture -- Famous for directing unwanted cultural references. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

I'm going to put that on my gravestone. He created such a category of unwanted pop culture -- Famous for directing unwanted cultural references.


Quote: Technology is technology and then art form and people's creativity is another thing. Anything that helps an artist do anything -- great! Technology for technology sake doesn't mean much to me anyway. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

Technology is technology and then art form and people's creativity is another thing. Anything that helps an artist do anything -- great! Technology for technology sake doesn't mean much to me anyway.


Quote: First of all, you make a movie that you want to see and then you just hope for the best. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

First of all, you make a movie that you want to see and then you just hope for the best.


Quote: When we were growing up and saw a Ray Harryhausen movie, we were interested in how it was done. But thank God we got to go through the magic of seeing it before we knew how it was done. You were able to get this beautiful, pure, visceral response to something without knowing too much about it. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of Tim Burton quote: When we were growing up and saw a Ray Harryhausen movie, we were interested in how it was done. But thank God we got to go through the magic of seeing it before we knew how it was done. You were able to get this beautiful, pure, visceral response to something without knowing too much about it.- black text on quotes background

When we were growing up and saw a Ray Harryhausen movie, we were interested in how it was done. But thank God we got to go through the magic of seeing it before we knew how it was done. You were able to get this beautiful, pure, visceral response to something without knowing too much about it.


Quote: When I was a kid I always wanted to be a mad scientist. I don't know... a regular scientist just was no one. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

When I was a kid I always wanted to be a mad scientist. I don't know... a regular scientist just was no one.


Quote: I grew up watching monster movies and horror movies, which I felt were like fairy tales and I think this always spoke to me. Something about that is symbolism -- the beauty and the magic which helps me work with film and start making modern fairy tales. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

I grew up watching monster movies and horror movies, which I felt were like fairy tales and I think this always spoke to me. Something about that is symbolism -- the beauty and the magic which helps me work with film and start making modern fairy tales.


Quote: I always wonder why some people see things as weird and some people don't. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

I always wonder why some people see things as weird and some people don't.




Quote: It's really nice to work with people who understand and really love the artistry of building sets, it's great. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

It's really nice to work with people who understand and really love the artistry of building sets, it's great.


Quote: Live people ignore the strange and unusual. I myself, am strange and unusual. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

Live people ignore the strange and unusual. I myself, am strange and unusual.


Quote: When you don't have many friends and you don't have a social life you're kind of left looking at things, not doing things. There's a weird freedom in not having people treat you like you're part of society or where you have to fulfill social relationships. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

When you don't have many friends and you don't have a social life you're kind of left looking at things, not doing things. There's a weird freedom in not having people treat you like you're part of society or where you have to fulfill social relationships.




Quote: The problem with film is you never know when you're going to be able to make a film so you can't have people waiting around for you. Sometimes it's fun to work with the same people and work with new people and mix it up. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

The problem with film is you never know when you're going to be able to make a film so you can't have people waiting around for you. Sometimes it's fun to work with the same people and work with new people and mix it up.


Quote: The great thing about visual horror films is there's real potential for strong, beautiful imagery. It's the one genre that really lends itself to creating strong images. And I've always loved that idea of windmills -- your mind aimlessly spinning. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

The great thing about visual horror films is there's real potential for strong, beautiful imagery. It's the one genre that really lends itself to creating strong images. And I've always loved that idea of windmills -- your mind aimlessly spinning.


Quote: One of the things that we were trying to do with this show was the complexities of relationships and love. There is both passion and longing and a bittersweet quality to it that is a part of life. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

One of the things that we were trying to do with this show was the complexities of relationships and love. There is both passion and longing and a bittersweet quality to it that is a part of life.


Quote: My name is Jimmy, but my friends just call me the hideous penguin boy. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

My name is Jimmy, but my friends just call me the hideous penguin boy.


Quote: What I feel that Alice in Wonderland did for me and other people in exploring your dream state, and using fantasy in your dream state to deal with real issues and problems in your life. People like to separate those things but the fact is that they are things that are intertwined. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of Tim Burton quote: What I feel that Alice in Wonderland did for me and other people in exploring your dream state, and using fantasy in your dream state to deal with real issues and problems in your life. People like to separate those things but the fact is that they are things that are intertwined.- black text on quotes background

What I feel that Alice in Wonderland did for me and other people in exploring your dream state, and using fantasy in your dream state to deal with real issues and problems in your life. People like to separate those things but the fact is that they are things that are intertwined.


Quote: That's why I like old monster movie actors, because they transform into different characters or creatures. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

That's why I like old monster movie actors, because they transform into different characters or creatures.


Quote: If you ever had a pet, with me it was a dog, with that sort of unconditional love that only dogs can give, people can't do that; that sort of thing where it's very powerful, it's kind of your first love and your first real relationship, and usually your first experience with death. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of Tim Burton quote: If you ever had a pet, with me it was a dog, with that sort of unconditional love that only dogs can give, people can't do that; that sort of thing where it's very powerful, it's kind of your first love and your first real relationship, and usually your first experience with death.- black text on quotes background

If you ever had a pet, with me it was a dog, with that sort of unconditional love that only dogs can give, people can't do that; that sort of thing where it's very powerful, it's kind of your first love and your first real relationship, and usually your first experience with death.


Quote: I worked at Disney many years ago. They just let me sit in a room for a couple of years and draw whatever I wanted to draw, so it's a very personal thing to me. Drawing and everything you do there is something meaningful and personal. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

I worked at Disney many years ago. They just let me sit in a room for a couple of years and draw whatever I wanted to draw, so it's a very personal thing to me. Drawing and everything you do there is something meaningful and personal.


Quote: He can't fly around tall buildings, or outrun a speeding train, the only talent he seems to have is leaving a nasty stain! by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

He can't fly around tall buildings, or outrun a speeding train, the only talent he seems to have is leaving a nasty stain!




Quote: Certain things leave you in your life and certain things stay with you. And that's why we're all interested in movies- those ones that make you feel, you still think about. Because it gave you such an emotional response, it's actually part of your emotional make-up, in a way. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of Tim Burton quote; white text on black background

Certain things leave you in your life and certain things stay with you. And that's why we're all interested in movies- those ones that make you feel, you still think about. Because it gave you such an emotional response, it's actually part of your emotional make-up, in a way.


Quote: Unwisely, Santa offered a teddy bear to James, unaware he had been mauled by a grizzly earlier this year. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

Unwisely, Santa offered a teddy bear to James, unaware he had been mauled by a grizzly earlier this year.


Quote: One person's craziness is another person's reality. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

One person's craziness is another person's reality.


Quote: Most people say about graveyards: Oh, it's just a bunch of dead people. It's creepy. But for me, there's an energy to it that it not creepy, or dark. It has a positive sense to it. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

Most people say about graveyards: Oh, it's just a bunch of dead people. It's creepy. But for me, there's an energy to it that it not creepy, or dark. It has a positive sense to it.


Quote: We all know interspecies romance is weird. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

We all know interspecies romance is weird.


Quote: Good morning starshine the earth says hello. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

Good morning starshine the earth says hello.


Quote: Things like 'mad as a hatter' or 'grinning like a Cheshire cat', are so powerful that music and songs incorporate the imagery. Writers, artists, illustrators, a lot of them have incorporated that. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

Things like 'mad as a hatter' or 'grinning like a Cheshire cat', are so powerful that music and songs incorporate the imagery. Writers, artists, illustrators, a lot of them have incorporated that.


Quote: I guess I feel so tortured most of the time, when I see someone else feeling tortured, I get a little perverse glee out of it. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

I guess I feel so tortured most of the time, when I see someone else feeling tortured, I get a little perverse glee out of it.


Quote: Working on 'Nightmare Before Christmas,' I had endless arguments, like the studio saying, 'You can't have a main character that's got no eyeballs!' 'How is anybody going to feel for somebody with just eyesockets?' You know? So, it's those kind of things that really wear you down. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of Tim Burton quote; white text on black background

Working on 'Nightmare Before Christmas,' I had endless arguments, like the studio saying, 'You can't have a main character that's got no eyeballs!' 'How is anybody going to feel for somebody with just eyesockets?' You know? So, it's those kind of things that really wear you down.


Quote: When it comes to art and science, people don't like a lot of either. Instead of being open to it, they're closed off about it. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

When it comes to art and science, people don't like a lot of either. Instead of being open to it, they're closed off about it.


Quote: I think of Ray Harryhausen's work -- I knew his name before I knew any actor or director's names. His films had an impact on me very early on, probably even more than Disney. I think that's what made me interested in animation: His work. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

I think of Ray Harryhausen's work -- I knew his name before I knew any actor or director's names. His films had an impact on me very early on, probably even more than Disney. I think that's what made me interested in animation: His work.


Quote: It's hard to find logic in things sometimes. That's why I can't analyze things too much, because it often doesn't make much sense. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

It's hard to find logic in things sometimes. That's why I can't analyze things too much, because it often doesn't make much sense.


Quote: It's like getting into film -- I didn't say early on, 'I'm going to become a filmmaker,' 'I'm going to show my work at MoMA.' When you start to think those things, you're in trouble. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

It's like getting into film -- I didn't say early on, 'I'm going to become a filmmaker,' 'I'm going to show my work at MoMA.' When you start to think those things, you're in trouble.


Quote: Anybody who knows me knows I would never read a comic book. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

Anybody who knows me knows I would never read a comic book.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Anybody who knows me knows I would never read a comic book. And I certainly would never read anything written by Kevin Smith.


Quote: I remember early in my career with Disney, which was a very strange time in the company -- there were a couple of executives who were very supportive of me and kind of let me do my own thing. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

I remember early in my career with Disney, which was a very strange time in the company -- there were a couple of executives who were very supportive of me and kind of let me do my own thing.


Quote: It's good as an artist to always remember to see things in a new, weird way. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

It's good as an artist to always remember to see things in a new, weird way.


Quote: Movies are like an expensive form of therapy for me. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

Movies are like an expensive form of therapy for me.


Quote: I think a lot of kids feel alone and slightly isolated and in their own world. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

I think a lot of kids feel alone and slightly isolated and in their own world.


Quote: Things that I grew up with stay with me. You start a certain way, and then you spend your whole life trying to find a certain simplicity that you had. It's less about staying in childhood than keeping a certain spirit of seeing things in a different way. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

Things that I grew up with stay with me. You start a certain way, and then you spend your whole life trying to find a certain simplicity that you had. It's less about staying in childhood than keeping a certain spirit of seeing things in a different way.


Quote: A lot of things you see as a child remain with you... you spend a lot of your life trying to recapture the experience. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

A lot of things you see as a child remain with you... you spend a lot of your life trying to recapture the experience.


Quote: I always liked strange characters. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

I always liked strange characters.


Quote: I am not a dark person and I don't consider myself dark. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

I am not a dark person and I don't consider myself dark.


Quote: People told me I couldn't kill Nicholson, so I cast him in two roles and killed him off twice. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

People told me I couldn't kill Nicholson, so I cast him in two roles and killed him off twice.


Quote: Jack Nicholson is a textbook actor who's very intuitive. He is absolutely brilliant at going as far as you can go, always pushing to the edge, but still making it seem real. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

Jack Nicholson is a textbook actor who's very intuitive. He is absolutely brilliant at going as far as you can go, always pushing to the edge, but still making it seem real.


Quote: Anybody with artistic ambitions is always trying to reconnect with the way they saw things as a child. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

Anybody with artistic ambitions is always trying to reconnect with the way they saw things as a child.




Quote: My parents suffered from that ideal of a perfect nuclear family. They found that a difficult pressure, I think. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

My parents suffered from that ideal of a perfect nuclear family. They found that a difficult pressure, I think.


Quote: Visions are worth fighting for. Why spend your life making someone else's dreams? by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

Visions are worth fighting for. Why spend your life making someone else's dreams?


Quote: People say I am stuck in childhood, but it's not that. I remember seeing a Matisse retrospective, and you could see he started out one way, and then he tried something different, and then he seemed to spend his whole life trying to get back to the first thing. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

People say I am stuck in childhood, but it's not that. I remember seeing a Matisse retrospective, and you could see he started out one way, and then he tried something different, and then he seemed to spend his whole life trying to get back to the first thing.


Quote: I've always been misrepresented. You know, I could dress in a clown costume and laugh with the happy people but they'd still say I'm a dark personality. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

I've always been misrepresented. You know, I could dress in a clown costume and laugh with the happy people but they'd still say I'm a dark personality.


Quote: I get so tired of people saying, 'Oh, you only make fantasy films and this and that', and I'm like, 'Well no, fantasy is reality', that's what Lewis Carroll showed in his work. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

I get so tired of people saying, 'Oh, you only make fantasy films and this and that', and I'm like, 'Well no, fantasy is reality', that's what Lewis Carroll showed in his work.


Quote: I've found that the people who play villains are the nicest people in the world, and people who play heroes are jerks. It's like people who play villains work out all their problems on screen, and then they're just really wonderful people. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

I've found that the people who play villains are the nicest people in the world, and people who play heroes are jerks. It's like people who play villains work out all their problems on screen, and then they're just really wonderful people.


Quote: I can't remember any dreams in my life. There's so much strange in real life that it often seems like a dream. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

I can't remember any dreams in my life. There's so much strange in real life that it often seems like a dream.




Quote: I used to have a phone machine that you turn 'on' and 'off,' which was great. Now, it's so technological that it's like going down the rabbit hole. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

I used to have a phone machine that you turn 'on' and 'off,' which was great. Now, it's so technological that it's like going down the rabbit hole.




Quote: To be honest, whatever troubles I've had, I've also gotten the opportunities to do things. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

To be honest, whatever troubles I've had, I've also gotten the opportunities to do things.


Quote: I find that the most special thing to me is if you've connected to people in some way: If someone comes up to you on the street and says something to you, and you know it's meant something to them, and it's connected to some project. That, I find, is amazing. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

I find that the most special thing to me is if you've connected to people in some way: If someone comes up to you on the street and says something to you, and you know it's meant something to them, and it's connected to some project. That, I find, is amazing.


Quote: When I went to Warner Bros., there was a woman named Bonnie Lee who was an executive who helped me to get to 'Pee-wee's Big Adventure.' by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

When I went to Warner Bros., there was a woman named Bonnie Lee who was an executive who helped me to get to 'Pee-wee's Big Adventure.'


Quote: I am not a big technology person. I don't go on the Internet really much at all. Drawing is like a zen thing; it's private, which in this day and age is harder to come by. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

I am not a big technology person. I don't go on the Internet really much at all. Drawing is like a zen thing; it's private, which in this day and age is harder to come by.


Quote: There's something quite exciting when you have a history with somebody and you see them do new and different things. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

There's something quite exciting when you have a history with somebody and you see them do new and different things.


Quote: I did some sports. It was a bit frustrating. I wasn't the greatest sports person. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

I did some sports. It was a bit frustrating. I wasn't the greatest sports person.


Quote: In Hollywood, they think drawn animation doesn't work anymore, computers are the way. They forget that the reason computers are the way is that Pixar makes good movies. So everybody tries to copy Pixar. They're relying too much on the technology and not enough on the artists. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of Tim Burton quote; white text on black background

In Hollywood, they think drawn animation doesn't work anymore, computers are the way. They forget that the reason computers are the way is that Pixar makes good movies. So everybody tries to copy Pixar. They're relying too much on the technology and not enough on the artists.


Quote: When I was growing up, Dr. Seuss was really my favorite. There was something about the lyrical nature and the simplicity of his work that really hit me. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

When I was growing up, Dr. Seuss was really my favorite. There was something about the lyrical nature and the simplicity of his work that really hit me.


Quote: I never really got nightmares from movies. In fact, I recall my father saying when I was three years old that I would be scared, but I never was. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

I never really got nightmares from movies. In fact, I recall my father saying when I was three years old that I would be scared, but I never was.


Quote: If I had a choice about going to a meeting at a studio or changing a nappy, I'd choose the nappy. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

If I had a choice about going to a meeting at a studio or changing a nappy, I'd choose the nappy.


Quote: I don't know what it was, maybe the movie theaters in my immediate surrounding neighbourhood in Burbank, but I never saw what would be considered A movies. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

I don't know what it was, maybe the movie theaters in my immediate surrounding neighbourhood in Burbank, but I never saw what would be considered A movies.


Quote: I don't look at my films or my old drawings much, so that was an interesting way to kind of reconnect with myself a bit. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

I don't look at my films or my old drawings much, so that was an interesting way to kind of reconnect with myself a bit.


Quote: I've always been more comfortable making my decisions from the subconscious level, or more emotionally, because I find it is more truthful to me; Intellectually, I don't think like that because I get uncomfortable. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

I've always been more comfortable making my decisions from the subconscious level, or more emotionally, because I find it is more truthful to me; Intellectually, I don't think like that because I get uncomfortable.


Quote: I have a problem when people say something's real or not real, or normal or abnormal. The meaning of those words for me is very personal and subjective. I've always been confused and never had a clearcut understanding of the meaning of those kinds of words. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

I have a problem when people say something's real or not real, or normal or abnormal. The meaning of those words for me is very personal and subjective. I've always been confused and never had a clearcut understanding of the meaning of those kinds of words.


Quote: When you're making a movie, it's a very interiorised world. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

When you're making a movie, it's a very interiorised world.


Quote: If I'd said, 'I'm going to be a director,' it probably wouldn't have happened. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

If I'd said, 'I'm going to be a director,' it probably wouldn't have happened.


Quote: There's something about seeing this little inanimate object coming to life that's just very exciting. That's why with 'Nightmare' I held out for so long to do it. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

There's something about seeing this little inanimate object coming to life that's just very exciting. That's why with 'Nightmare' I held out for so long to do it.


Quote: You don't know whether chimps are going to kill you or kiss you. They're very open on some levels and much more evil in a certain way. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

You don't know whether chimps are going to kill you or kiss you. They're very open on some levels and much more evil in a certain way.


Quote: I wouldn't know a good script if it bit me in the face. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

I wouldn't know a good script if it bit me in the face.


Quote: I never saw Frankenstein or King Kong or the Creature from the Black Lagoon as bad guys. They were the good guys. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

I never saw Frankenstein or King Kong or the Creature from the Black Lagoon as bad guys. They were the good guys.


Quote: I'm a happy-go-lucky manic-depressive. It does get very deep and dark for me, and it gets scary at times when I feel I can't pull out of it. But I don't consider myself negative-negative. I'm positive-negative. by author Tim Burton overlaid on photo of photo of author Tim Burton with quote

I'm a happy-go-lucky manic-depressive. It does get very deep and dark for me, and it gets scary at times when I feel I can't pull out of it. But I don't consider myself negative-negative. I'm positive-negative.


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