Tim Burton: a Dark Director

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HarleyAnn Hirsch
Period 7
03/06/13
Tim Burton: A dark director.
Tim Burton was born in Burbank, California, in 1958. His father was a baseball player and worked for the city. His mother owned a store devoted to cats. Burton grew up in a literally dark world. He lived in a bedroom where his parents completely blackened out his windows to save on heat. This is probably what contributed to his love for the dark, the mysterious, and the cryptic. Burton showed interest in horror films as a teen. He was interested in animation and was accepted as a student at the California Institute of Arts. His short film, Stalk of the Celery Monster, attracted the attention of Disney animation studio, who offered Burton an apprenticeship at their studio. He worked as an animator, on films such as The Fox and the Hound, The Black Cauldron and Tron. However, Burton didn’t work well there; he longed to do a solo project. He worked with Disney until 1984 after he realized his short frankenweenie. Disney fired Burton for “Spending the company's resources on doing a film that would be too dark and scary for children to see”. After this Burton sought out an opportunity to do a full length movie. He was approached by Griffin Dunne to direct the film After Hours. He declined. Paul Reuben’s saw Frankenweenie and chose Burton to direct the cinematic spin-off of his popular character Pee-wee Herman. Although his next movie Beetlejuice was where his interest in quirky horror began to blossom. After this Burton went on to direct movies such as, The Nightmare before Christmas, Batman, Alice in Wonderland, Dark Shadows, and Frankenweenie. His unique ways inspired other people such as, David Slade and Rob Zombie.

Burton has developed a reputation. He always has different themes in his films. All of these themes help Burton move the story along and to give him his own identity. 1) Antihero/outcast main character:

In the movie Edward Scissorhands the main character, Edward is an outcast....
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