Timothy Walter Burton was born on August 25th, 1958 in the city of Burbank, California. Even during his early teens, Burton loved to make short films in his backyard on Evergreen Street. He used crude stop motion animation techniques, as well as shot them on 8 mm film without sound. One of the oldest known juvenile films that Burton created was The Island of Doctor Agor that he made at 13 years old. Burton loved art in high school, so he decided to go to college at California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California, to study character animation. There, he created his short, Stalk of the Celery Monster which received attention from Walt Disney Productions' animation division. While working with Disney in 1982, Burton made his first short, Vincent, a six-minute black-and-white stop motion film based on a poem he had wrote.

Burton wrote and produced, but did not direct due to schedule constraints on Batman Returns, The Nightmare Before Christmas in 1993 for Disney. Originally, The Nightmare Before Christmas was meant to be a children's book in rhyme. The film was directed by Henry Selick and written by Caroline Thompson, based on Burton's original story, world and characters. The film received positive reviews for the film's stop motion animation, musical score and original storyline and was a box office success, grossing $50 million.

Burton is widely known for his gothic and dark fantasy films because they are eccentric and quirky. Some of his most famous films include:
Early Career - 1980's
→ Pee-wee's Big Adventure
→ Beetlejuice
→ Batman 1989

The 1990's -
→ Edward Scissorhands
→ Batman Returns
→ The Nightmare Before Christmas
→ Cabin Boy
→ Ed Wood
→ Batman Forever
→ James and the Giant Peach
→ Mars Attacks!
→ Superman Lives
→ Sleepy Hollow

The 2000's -
→ Planet of the Apes
→ Big Fish
→ Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
→ Corpse Bride
→ Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

The 2010's -
→ Alice in Wonderland
→ Dark Shadows
→ Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
→ Frankenweenie
→ Big Eyes
→ Alice Through the Looking Glass
→ Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

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