Tim Burton Fact Sheet

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Timothy William ‘Tim’ Burton was born on August 25, 1958 in Burbank California. Burton was always known as an ‘odd’ child, he was never a very good student in school as he spent most of his time drawing, painting, and watching films, mostly in the genre of Horror which were his favourite. From a young age Burton started making his own short stop motion films in his backyard, one of the oldest known films is ‘The Island of Doctor Agor ’ that he made when he was just 13 years old. It is present in Burtons work even now which of his childhood heroes were strong influences, such as Dr. Seuss, Roald Dahl and also Edgar Allan Poe who Burton also had writing poems in common to accompany his illustrations.

After Graduating from Burbank High School, Burton attended the California Institute of the Arts to study character animation. There, he created the short film ‘Stalk of the Celery Monster’ which caused such a stir among his classmates that it attracted Walt Disney Animation Studios who offered the young artist an animator’s apprenticeship at their studio (Only small fragments of this film remain today.) When he graduated in 1979 he went on to work for Walt Disney Studios storyboarding such films as The Fox and the Hound, The Black Cauldron and Tron. Although he had much praise while working there, Burton longed to do solo projects and actually hated the sweet, happy styles that Disney’s standards had to live up to.

While working for Disney, where he found spare time Burton made some short films on his own such as ‘Vincent’ which is a six minute stop motion film based on a poem he had written about a young boy who’s hero is Vincent Price, with Vincent Price himself narrating the Film, Burton was quite excited to work with him as Price was also his childhood hero from Burtons adored horror movies he watched as a young boy that he had starred in.

After that Burton’s next solo project was a live-action short titled ‘Frankenweenie’ and tells the story of a young...
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