Tim Burton is a very unique actor known for his directorial skills and success as a producer. His name is associated with great films, actors, and roles that will forever go down in the history of film. He attended California Institute of the Arts and made his first animation project working on The Fox and the Hound for Disney in 1981, however he did not receive credit for his help on the film. In this article I will discuss his success as a director, his movies, and what we can expect from him in the future.
The awards and nominations are part of what defines that success of directors, along with their box office numbers, their reputation, and other indicators as well. Of the three big awards given out to directors Tim Burton was nominated for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year in 2005 for his film Corpse Bride. In 2004 Burton was nominated for the Deal Lean Award for Direction at the BAFTA awards for his film Big Fish. His latest motion picture Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street was nominated for a Golden Globe in 2008. The film won an award presented by the National Board of Review in the same year. He won the Venice Film Festivals Future Festival Digital Award in 2005 for Corpse Bride. Burton has been nominated for over thirty awards and won a significant number of those thirty plus.
In 2000 USA Today released a list of directors to keep an eye out for. Tim Burton respectively ranked fifth on this list of over 800 directors. This amazing ranking left him fifth only behind (1) Steven Spielberg (2) James Cameron (3) George Lucas and (4) Ron Howard.
Burton has worked with very famous actors casting them in roles that display their incredible talents. Three major actors he has worked with include: Johnny Depp, Ewan McGregor, and Mark Wahlberg. He has worked with Johnny Depp numerous times in films including Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Edward Scissorhands, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride. Ewan McGregor was the star cast in his 2004 film Big Fish. His film Planet of the Apes starred Mark Wahlberg.
In any industry there are going to be those that appreciate the work of others in their field and those that find it easier to put them down than give them the praise they deserve. When looking through the reviews Tim Burton has received for his work from his viewers are nothing but good. His fans are very dedicated and have words of praise for Burton that include: genius, quirky, visionary, uniquely bizarre, phenomenal, amazing, creative, and eccentric. For any professional to receive praise like this for their work it has to be a phenomenal feeling to say the least.
In an interview done by Rebecca Murray, representative for about.com Tim Burton was asked about what exactly is so appealing about the dead. After joking about his upbringing him leading to his interest in the undead his real answer was that he has always been a fan of monster movies and even fascinated by them in a way. Living close to Mexico and viewing their celebration for the Day of the Dead gave him a much more positive approach to thinking of death and thus he chose that view over the dark subject America tends to view it as.
Burton’s friendship with Johnny Depp is part of the lure audiences have for the director. Having worked on many films together it has given the two the chance to get to know one another. Burton knows what roles are suited for Depp, the ones he knows only dept can play and makes sure to cast him in those roles. Depps spontaneity is appealing to directors it allows them the opportunity to literally watch a character grow before their eyes. This spontaneity goes great with Burton’s films and hopefully they will continue to make great films together.
Currently Burton has the film Coraline out in theaters which has made it to the top 5. Set to be released in 2009 a film 9. A focus feature production it’s an animated film starring the voices of Elijah Wood, Jennifer Connelly, John C. Riley, Crispin Glover, and Martin Landau. The character named 9’s world is ending and its up to him and those left along with him to keep it going. Their mission: to protect the future. The film is not yet rated but is classified in the genres of adaptation, fantasy, and action. 2010 will bring another adaptation of Alice in Wonderland simply titled Alice, directed by Tim Burton. Walt Disney Pictures brings another installment of the film which features many big names this time around. Mia Wasikowska (as Alice), Matt Lucas (as Tweedledee/Tweedledum), Johnny Depp (no surprise; where there’s a Tim Burton film, there’s Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter), Michael Sheen, and Anne Hathaway (the White Queen) star in the film that is also not yet rated.
Tim Burton has received many honors for his works as a director and a producer. His success is not easy to come by and rightfully deserves his place near the top of the best directors. Keep an eye for further work by Burton in numerous genres bringing a more celebrated feeling to death and the undead.