Once a director of glorious creative endeavor, there is arguably no filmmaker working today who polarises opinion like Tim Burton. Renowed for his visually appealing, quirky, offbeat, gothically-aligned films – and for his frequent collaborations with both Johnny Deep and his wife, Helena Bonham Carter – Tim Burton has made an admirable 16 pictures over the course of 27 years.
His journey as a feature filmmaker started with Pee-wee’s Big Adventure back in 1985, of course, but as a younger man, his passion for character animation culminated in his short film Stalk of the Celery Monster – one which ran at just 1.5 minutes and was drawn laboriously in pencil. The film was inspired enough to get him noticed, and Burton was offered an apprenticeship at Walt Disney Studios. The rest is history.
In the minds of many movie-goers, Tim Burton’s name has become increasingly synonymous with “has been,” though many still admire him for his deeply personal, »
- T.J. Barnard
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