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The Nightmare Before Christmas

Burton on Burton

Faber & Faber, 2006

Book chapter

...After completing Vincent in 1982, Burton had begun work on another project based on a poem he had written, this time inspired by Clement Clarke Moore’s The Night Before Christmas. Entitled The Nightmare Before Christmas, it told the story...

Planet of the Apes

Burton on Burton

Faber & Faber, 2006

Book chapter

...In March 2000 Burton went to Prague to shoot two commercials for Timex I-Control watches. Produced by LA-based commercials company A Band Apart, the two ads were Matrix-like in tone, with fight sequences choreographed by Andy Armstrong...

Sleepy Hollow

Burton on Burton

Faber & Faber, 2006

Book chapter

...In 1994, Kevin Yagher, a make-up effects designer who had turned to directing with HBO’s Tales from the Crypt (for which he had designed and built the show’s ghoulish host, The Crypt-Keeper), had the notion to adapt Washington Irving...

Batman

Burton on Burton

Faber & Faber, 2006

Book chapter

...The movie rights to Bob Kane’s comic strip character had been secured from DC Comics in 1979 by producers Benjamin Melniker and Michael Uslan, who had hired Superman screenwriter Tom Mankiewicz to write a script which focused on the Dark...

Cabin Boy and Ed Wood

Burton on Burton

Faber & Faber, 2006

Book chapter

...Following The Nightmare Before Christmas, Burton co-produced, with Denise Di Novi, Cabin Boy for Disney. The film, a camp homage to the Sinbad movies starring Chris Elliott, Ricki Lake and Russ Tamblyn, was a massive critical and box-office...

Edward Scissorhands

Burton on Burton

Faber & Faber, 2006

Book chapter

...Following the enormous success of Batman, Burton was considered Hollywood’s hottest young director. But rather than direct the Batman sequel that Warner Bros wanted, he opted to make Edward Scissorhands, a film he had long cherished...

Beetlejuice

Burton on Burton

Faber & Faber, 2006

Book chapter

...The success of Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure at the American box office meant that Burton was now considered a ‘bankable’ director. He had begun working on a script for Warner Bros for a proposed Batman movie with screenwriter Sam Hamm, but while...

Big Fish

Burton on Burton

Faber & Faber, 2006

Book chapter

...Burton’s father Bill had passed away while he was in pre-production on Planet of the Apes in October 2000, and his mother, Jean, died in March 2002. Although he was never close to his parents – moving out of the family home when he was very...

Childhood in Burbank – Cal Arts

Burton on Burton

Faber & Faber, 2006

Book chapter

...Tim Burton was born on 25 August 1958 in Burbank, California, the first son of Bill and Jean Burton. His father worked for the Burbank Parks and Recreation Department, while his mother ran a gift shop called Cats Plus in which all...

Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure

Burton on Burton

Faber & Faber, 2006

Book chapter

...Having finally left Disney, and with Frankenweenie receiving good word of mouth within industry circles, it was only a matter of time before Burton secured a feature to direct. What nobody, least of all Burton him-self, could have...