Born in 1958 in Burbank, California, he attended school in his town of birth. He wasn’t a student that one would particularly find smart, he was an introspective person who found pleasure in the arts such as painting and drawing. As a preteen he would make films in his backyard, one of his oldest films which he made at the age of thirteen is The Island of Doctor Agor. Burton’s work was strongly influenced by the famous childhood heroes Dr Seuss and Roald Dahl. Tim Burton once said, “I’ve always been misrepresented. You know I could dress in a clown costume and laugh with the happy people and they’d still say I’m a dark personality.
” and this quote explains why majority of his films focuses on outcasts and include characters who distrust the protagonist.Over his four decades of filmmaking his films have ranged from dark films to fantasy films. Whilst making films Burton realized that traumatic childhood experiences stick with you. His most predominant traumatic childhood memory was when his parents sealed him up in his room. He had tow windows in his room which they walled up left him with a small slit to look through.
To this day he still doesn’t understand why he was sealed up that way. Burton had three unsuccessful marriages which all ended in divorce. Years before his first marriage, whilst working at Disney, it was discovered that he was suffering from Bipolar disorder, Asperger’s syndrome and Autism.
Being diagnosed with these disease did no stop him from converting his passion and hobby into a career. He went on to film films such as Edward Scissorhand, The Nightmare Befor Christmas, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Jae’s and the Giant Peach. Burton’s films have a unique touch to them. As a child he grew up as a big fan of monsters. He grew up watching universal horror movies, Japanese monster movies and pretty much any film that involved monsters which is probably why he often blends horror with fantasy, adapting a similar style so that each film already sees familiar.
Another factor that makes his films see familiar are the frequent dinner scenes he features in he filmsFrom the man who brought you the words one person’s craizines is anothers reality ladies and gentlemen I present to you Timothy Walter Burton