Timothy Tim William Burton, (Burbank, California;) (August 25, 1958) is a director, producer, writer and American Designer. The majority of his films have been characterized by the presence of imaginary worlds where usually present, dark and Gothic elements whose protagonists are usually misfits and enigmatic beings. (See personal of Burton’s work features).
This stamp of identity becomes apparent in movies such as Batman and The Nightmare Before Christmas, the latter was produced by him. Acquired great fame by directing successful films include Edward Scissorhands and Charlie and the chocolate factory. Since he directed his first feature film (the great adventure of Pee-Wee) in 1985, it has moved to directing and producing numerous films, some of them have greatly rewarded. With Corpse Bride was nominated for an Academy Award for best animated film in 2006. Often works with his close friend Johnny Depp, musician Danny Elfman and his sentimental companion Helena Bonham Carter.
His last films have been Sweeney Todd (2007), which won the Golden Globe Award for best film – musical or comedy; 9, which premiered on September 9, 2009 United States and Alice in Wonderland, which premiered on March 3, 2010 Egypt, Italy Sweden.
Timothy William Burton was born on 25 August of 1958 in the city of Burbank, California, the first of the two sons of Bill Burton and Jean Erickson. Most of his childhood was characterized by the representation, along with his brother, parodies with bloody crimes (murder, murder, etc), whereas it same as an introverted – one of his personal anecdotes is the of have simulated a murder with an axe, to scare the neighbors to such an extent that one of them called the police. Therefore received the ‘Axe Wound’ alias (translated as ‘axe wound’). Another one of his favorite pastimes was also frighten children of their neighbors alleging the arrival of alien creatures that would invade the Earth.[ 4 ] One of their main entertainment was the design aspect that showed talent behind compete and win a competition of strokes that would be used in his hometown urban trucks.[ 5 ] Academically, never felt affinity by reading or studies.[ 6 ] However, his greatest passions were painting, drawing and the cinema – he loved monster movies, notably those related to Godzilla, Hammer film Productions, Ray Harryhausen, and Roger Corman. The latter worked repeatedly with actor Vincent Price, whom Burton considered ‘his hero’.
Their neighbors what catalogued as a «social misfit with frequent appetite for science fiction and horror’ due to his fondness for low-budget horror films.[ 9 ] [ 10 ] At age 13, he made his first animated short with some of his friends, The Island of Doctor Agor, [ 6 ] which was followed by Houdini, where Burton played Harry Houdini escapist.
After completing his studies in high school, in 1976, he entered College sophomore California Institute of Arts – founded by Walt Disney in manner of ‘alternative learning platform’ for young people interested in animation. During your stay at Cal Arts (popular with which the Institute is known term) made an animated series as Stalk of the Celery Monster, work that gave him the opportunity to be hired by the Disney Studios to collaborate on upcoming films and projects.
Early work with Disney
The idol of Tim Burton, Otto Preminger Laura film
After being hired by Disney, Burton began to collaborate in the company as an apprentice to animation in the sketches of The Fox and the Hound, 1981. In his own words, I was hired just when the study was in crisis and managers seeking new staff to join any price. However, the study would recognize later than ‘talent Burton was still untapped maximum’, [ 6 ] so I opted to designate to the conceptual art of The Black Cauldron, the second volume of The Chronicles of Prydain series adaptation. In spite of their efforts, Disney never managed to ‘understand’ designs, which were scrapped for final editing of both films.
Decided to continue with their personal plans with the creative freedom that the company had given for consideration apart from financial support from some executives, [ 6 ] Burton began directing his first successful short films, Vincent and Frankenweenie, write and illustrate a poem that would lead to The Nightmare Before Christmas movie.
While working as a conceptual artist, Burton became friends with Executive Julie Hickson and in charge of creative development at Disney, Tom Wilhite. Both were impressed by her talent, even though the company had rejected its collaborations in The Fox and the Hound and The Black Cauldron.[ 16 ] In 1982, Wilhite funded it with $60,000 to produce an adaptation of the poem Vincent, Burton had written shortly before under the original concept of child microrrelato. During two months, Burton collaborated with specialized in stop motion animators to produce the same five-minute short was shot in black-and-white, influenced directly by the German films in the 1920s, tapes estelarizadas by Vincent Price and the tales of Edgar Allan Poe adaptations.[ 16 ] Narrated by the own Price, short Vincent marked the beginning of a good friendship between actor and Burton, which persisted until the death of the first occurrence in 1993. Burton later declared that «(the death of Price) was, probably, one of the most crucial experiences in your life.
Received numerous accolades from critics during its projection on some international festivals of film – was rewarded in Chicago and France annual events. In spite of the success of the play, Disney was reluctant to sell it. Shortly thereafter, participated in the production of a version live action Japanese of the Brothers Grimm tale Hansel and Gretel for Disney Channel; history incorporated elements kung-fu to describe the confrontation between children and the witch. The film was broadcast by single occasion, on Halloween in 1982. Since there are no copies of the same, said that it constitutes an urban legend in Tim Burton’s initial trajectory.
Article principal: Frankenweenie
Tim released his second short film, entitled Frankenweenie and starring Oliver Barrett, Daniel Stern and Shelley Duvall in 1984. Filmed in black and white with a duration of 30 minutes, the film was inspired by Frankenstein of James Whale. His argument covers the efforts of a child by reviving his deceased dog Sparky, who died after being hit by a car.
Although it was nominated in the Saturn Awards, the content of the short made Disney to dismiss Burton aftermath of having completed their production because Frankenweenie ‘was found too terrifying for their younger audiences ‘. In 1994, after the success of films such as Beetlejuice and Batman, the short was marketed on video; Thereafter, it is available as additional material in formats DVD, Blu-ray and disc UMD to PlayStation for The Nightmare Before Christmas.[ 20 ] At the end of 2007, Burton signed a contract with Studios Disney to adapt the short film of long duration.[ 21 ] This remake would be released in November 2011, with graphic three-dimensional and stop-motion.[ 22 ]
James and the Giant Peach
Article principal: James and the Giant Peach
Also known as “James and the giant peach” Spain or “Jim and the giant peach” Mexico, is a Walt Disney produced in 1996 by Tim Burton’s animated film directed by Henry Selick, based on the eponymous book by Roald Dahl. Animation movie is realized with the technique of “Stop-motion”, being the second film from Tim Burton (after “The Nightmare Before Christmas”) that used this technique.
As director and producer
Pee-Wee’s big adventure
Although Burton work still lacked some dissemination, began to attract the attention of some sectors in the film industry. In 1985, actor and producer Griffin Dune, invited him to direct his comedy called After Hours. However, this was not possible since previous responsible for that film production, Martin Scorsese, had decided to reconsider the idea of filming her, voiding the possible intervention of Burton or any another filmmaker in it.
That same year, actor Paul Rubens offered him directing the film version of his popular American character, Pee – wee Herman – which garnered popularity, mainly of their shows for the HBO – channel. In this way, Burton directed his first feature film from his initial career as an independent filmmaker, the great adventure of Pee-Wee, created with an estimated budget of $7 million dollars and creditor totalling in box office of $40 million. For production, Burton asked guitarist and vocalist of eclectic music, Danny Elfman, adapt the music for it.
Article principal: Beetlejuice
After directing episodes for revitalized series television Theatre Festival and Alfred Hitchcock presents, Burton turned his next feature film in 1988, focusing on a black comedy about a repulsive and eccentric ghost called Beetlejuice comedy. Adaptation starring Michael Keaton, Winona Ryder, Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis. Beetlejuice got gains estimated at $80 million dollars, as well as an Academy Award in the category on the make-up of the characters.
Article principal: Batman (1989 film)
In 1989, Burton received the proposal of directing his next film about the fictional hero Batman – on this occasion, a colossal budget for its realization-. However, shooting it was not a very satisfactory experience for the filmmaker, who saw in multiple discussions and altercations with producers of the film, Jon Peters and Peter Guber – even though the most notorious meltdown involved sharing selected by Burton, who offered the role Michael Keaton. Keaton had already worked with him in his previous film, and somehow was regarded as a contradictory choice by actor comedies, and not in action as the latter – movies roles. The furor about this aspect caused great animosity among fans of the comic that underpinned the production at the end of the commercial operations of Warner Bros. value diminished. Burton had considered ridiculous to choose someone “muscular” for the role of Batman, insisting that the character should be a “man regular and wealthy which made use of a secret identity through a complex bat costume, to frighten criminals”. In addition, chose Jack Nicholson as The Joker – the question of attracting disinterested hearings in superheroes – films. When the film was finally released – still widely backed by a wide advertising campaign prior to its premiere-became the largest then grossing more than $400 million worldwide box-office success with what proved to be an influence for future films with more emotional depth and most enigmatic characters-centric superheroes. In addition, Gothic style designed by the own Burton for Gotham City, ended up being adopted for comic strips of the fictional character.] 1990S
Article principal: Edward Scissorhands
In 1990, Burton was written together with Caroline Thompson, the screenplay for his next film, under the title of Edward Scissorhands, which would be played by the teen idol of that decade, Johnny Depp, who had been chosen for the role protagonist of Edward, a character created by an eccentric inventor (played by Vincent Price, which was his last performance of death). According to the argument, Edward seemed human, but in a peculiar manner, had not been finished entirely by its creator to die this suddenly, leaving his creation with a visible scissors instead of hands. Located in the suburbs – filmed in Florida-, the film is seen as the autobiography of Burton, focused on his childhood in the California suburbs. Price once remarked, in life, «”Tim is Edward”». Coupled with this statement, was the comment from Johnny Depp – subsequently drafted in the foreword of the book of Mark Salisbury, Burton on Burton-referring to his first meeting with the filmmaker to the film.
Edward Scissorhands, translated as the young hands of scissors in Latin America and as Edward Scissorhands in Spain, Spanish is regarded as the best film of Burton by many fans and critics, to present a very characteristic of film-maker different Visual compositions carried greater limit – both scenes colors and textures, as well as places, characters and objects-representing their particular visionary romanticism reception more innocent of argument designs-related aesthetics in where a young person does not know love any of your referrals, and finally being such sentiment exercised that it results in an intimate and emotional story. According to the website rottentomatoes.com web film criticism, film has 92% approval; and again, by nightmare before Christmas and Ed Wood, Burton films with more adoption by criticism, at least according to this page.
Article principal: Batman Returns
Although Warner Bros. had refused to produce the last Burton (Edward Scissorhands even after of the success of Batman), Burton film finally agreed to direct the sequel of the franchise, with the condition to take total control creative in the film, entitled finally under the name of Batman Returns and performed by a cast composed of actors Michael Keaton – again in the role as Batman – protagonist, Danny DeVito – as The Penguin-, Michelle Pfeiffer – as Catwoman-, and Christopher Walken. Even more Gothic and personal than its predecessor, the film received complaints under the pretext that its content was strong for the child audience, which coupled with the dissatisfaction of the remaining hearings with explicit sexuality – personified by the suggestive and fetish style of Catwoman – disguise, again provoked critical negative and controversy raised by these aspects, mainly. In spite of this, Batman Returns – known as Batman returns and Batman Vuelve Latin America and Spain, respectively-, grossed $160 million dollars, in spite of being a success, was much less than expected on the part of producers.
Burton began to prepare the next film of the same franchise pre-production, however Warner Bros. dispensed new collaboration of filmmaker, realizing that the tone of the film would be similar to Batman Returns. In this way, Burton left, permanently in his future career, Batman franchise to launch production of his next film, this time in animated format.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Article principal: The Nightmare Before Christmas
Originally, Burton had intended write and illustrate a book with poetic tendencies (rhymes, verses, poems,..) and animated characters for the entertainment of smaller audiences. However, in 1993 he finished producing a new film – which could not be directed by its collaboration within the franchise of Batman-whose argument revolves around the King City of Halloween and their intentions by becoming a volunteer Santa Claus. Known for their translations the strange world of Jack and nightmare before Christmas in their dubbings for Latin America and Spain, The Nightmare Before Christmas – directed by Henry Selick, based entirely on the story and the characters of Burton – film was practically well-received by audiences, reaching the current degree of considered a cult film.
Article principal: Ed Wood (film)
Her next film, released in 1994, portrayed the life of Ed Wood Jr., a filmmaker who has been considered “the worst director of history”. Starring Johnny Depp, while being a biographical work in homage to horror films and science fiction that Burton’s low-budget director saw when I was child. Ed Wood Jr. was recognized by his acartonadas works, accompanied by poor performances and awkward characters collide against the props pulling them, being its base theme the genre of science fiction and horror. In spite of this, Burton considered that Wood was a similar to Orson Welles, ideal that maintains in the film – filmed in black and white, Bela Lugosi, played by Martin Landau stressing his superb performance, perhaps the best in that decade, leading director Bill Murray and Lisa Marie-considered by many people as one of the best works made by the filmmaker.
Due to the frequent collaborations filmmaker during carrying out of The Nightmare Before Christmas, Danny Elfman did musicalizar Ed Wood, so it fell to Howard Shore their participation to integrate the melodies of the film – which, even though it was a commercial failure at its premiere, was well received by critics also gaining admirers and reviving interest in the films of Ed Wood Jr.-.
Article principal: Batman Forever
Despite its intention of still directing the Batman franchise, Warner Bros. considered Batman Returns was too dark and not suitable for minors. To attract children decided that Joel Schumacher, who had directed movies such as Customer lead third while Burton only her produce, together with Peter McGreggor-Scott. After this change Michael Keaton resigned to the role being succeeded by Val Kilmer. Filming began at the end of 1994 with recognized and new actors: Tommy Lee Jones, Nicole Kidman, Chris O’Donnell and Jim Carrey. The film, a mixture of darkness that characterized the saga with proposed by Schumacher, neon signs and colours was a huge success at the box office of 336 million dollars, in spite of the controversy caused by the characters and the plot.[quotes required] Even being producer and bearing a close friendship with director Burton it with decisions Schumacher in the filming of several scenes, which were removed from the final Edition and later added as scenes deleted in its DVD release in 2005. Schumacher considered that if included in the final editing the result would be equal to its predecessor.[quotes required] Schumacher was readmitted to direct Batman & Robin that Burton already did.
Article principal: Mars Attacks!
Immersed in the iconography kitsch of the 1950s, the following draft of Burton was Mars Attacks!, for which he again met with Elfman. Based on a series of science fiction, the tape was a hybrid of the Decade of the 1950s and total disaster of the 1970s fantasy films. Matching made an unintentional parody of the box-office, Independence Day, filmed at the same time and released five months earlier, success and although it had a large stellar cast – including Jack Nicholson, Pierce Brosnan, Michael j. Fox, Sarah Jessica Parker, Natalie Portman, Jack Black, Danny DeVito, Tom Jones, Glenn Close and Christina Applegate-, was despised by critics and almost ignored by the American audience. However, the recreation of a bad film of the 1950s was received successfully abroad, and has managed to make a basis of admirers thanks to broadcast by television and commercial sale on DVD.
Sleepy Hollow: Legend of the Horseman without head
Article principal: Sleepy Hollow
Sleepy Hollow was released in 1999 with a supernatural scenario, unique sets and a new performance of Johnny Depp embodying an interested in forensic science detective, based on the story written by Washington Irving. The remaining cast for the film was composed by Ian McDiarmid, Miranda Richardson, Christopher Walken and Christina Ricci – chosen for the role of Katrina Van Tassel-. Well received by critics, with special mention to the music accompanied by an impeccable photography carried out by Emmanuel Lubezki, Sleepy Hollow won an Academy Award for best art direction, as well as two BAFTA awards for best costume design and best production design.
Accompanied by a change in your personal life – broke Lisa Marie-, Burton radically changed style in his next project, leaving enchanted and colorful strangers to direct Planet of the apes than forests, Burton once said, is not a remake of the original, released in 1968 and led by Franklin Schaffner film.
The planet of the apes
Article principal: The planet of the apes (2001)
The planet of the apes was a commercial success, grossing $68 million in its first weekend of release. The main criticism was commercial air that was given to various aspects of the tape, fleeing from the dark, cerebral and nihilistic tone 1968 version. Furthermore, was a significant separation of Burton’s usual style, and there was much debate as to whether in fact it was Burton film or was a simple custom address. There were also rumors of last minute film production changes. Despite commercial success and the end – clearly suggested the possibility of a sequel – there seems to be intent of studying or Burton continuing saga.
Article principal: Big Fish
Burton directed Big Fish in 2003, film which received a total of four nominations for the Golden Globe, and featuring performances by Helena Bonham Carter, Ewan McGregor, Jessica Lange, Albert Finney, Steve Buscemi, Danny DeVito and Alison Lohman. In the film, Disney, studies commissioned Burton attempts to return something to American society, which said himself: ‘ “our culture [American] is low because our country is a country of immigrants”». Although it is one of the less dark films Director, is fresh and original world where passes the plot what is striking and fascinates.
Charlie and the chocolate factory
Article principal: Charlie and the chocolate (film) factory
Charlie and the chocolate factory was a hit at the box office that grossed more than 207 million dollars just United States. Image, voice, and performance of Johnny Depp as the owner of the factory, Willy Wonka, were compared to singers Michael Jackson and Marilyn Manson, though the actor argues that his main inspiration came from former American children’s television stars.
Article principal: Corpse Bride
Corpse Bride (The corpse bride in Latin America Spain corpse bride) is a more adult movie that many tried to compare, erroneously, with Nightmare Before Christmas [quotes required]. The story is based on a story by rusa-Judía Orthodox tradition, in which a young man named Victor – while practicing his marital vows in the forest before ask marriage to his fiancée-accidentally committed with the corpse of a girlfriend named Emily who hoped to his true love in earlier times and therefore leads to Victor in the country of the dead. The film was adapted with humorous touches to make it a little more familiar and pleasant for the children’s hearings.
Article principal: Sweeney Todd (film)
Although Alan Parker had expressed interest in making a film version of the musical Sweeney Todd in the 1980s, [ 27 ] Burton was able to propose an argument to Stephen Sondheim, creator of the musical, where considered Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter for roles protágonicos thereof, to perform the adaptation time later.
In this way, English film director Sam Mendes was in charge of the project since 2003, although subsequently decided to shoot Jarhead, which was finally released in 2005. On the other hand, Burton became interested in the musical film adaptation only once your project even if you not… creates it Ripley was cancelled for exceeding the estimated budget. In 2006, DreamWorks Animation announced that Burton would direct the film based on the musical, which would be to turn starring Johnny Depp.
The 3-hour musical adaptation required some changes to become a film with a maximum duration of 2 hours. That is why some songs were changed – losing some original verses – while others were discarded for the film. A central aspect of this film was to keep the main point of the original story between its three protagonists: Sweeney Todd, Mrs. Lovett and Toby. Finally, premiered in the us on December 21, 2007. Spain premiered in a little later, on February 15, 2008.
Article principal: 9 (film)
Produced in part by Tim Burton, Timur wanted and Jim Lemley, 9 it has received half of positive reviews from critics, the appearance of the images is the most highly praised. 150 Comments collected by Rotten Tomatoes, based on the movie has a “Rotten” index total adoption of 56% of critics, with critics Top Ranking slightly higher, giving it a score of 65% and the film “sweet” movie averages the score of 6 / 10. At Metacritic, which currently has a score of 60 of the 100 that indicates the average number of criticism. The general feeling of critics is that the movie is “long in the imaginative, but less important in the narrative design”. Todd McCarthy of Variety said that “at the end the impact of the image derived mainly from its design and implementation assured”.
Finally, premiered in the us on September 9, 2009 released by Focus Features.
Alice’s adventures in Wonderland
Article principal: Alice’s adventures in Wonderland (2010 film)
It is his most recent film and premiered on March 3, 2010 Egypt, Italy Sweden.[ 28 ] It is an adaptation of the children’s novel the adventures of Alice’s adventures in Wonderland and through the mirror and what Alice found there, both written by Lewis Carroll and account with the 3D technique in his shooting, which started in September 2008. It is directed by Mia Wasikowska as Alice, Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, Helena Bonham Carter as the Queen of hearts and Anne Hathaway as the White Queen. The cast is completed with Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall and Christopher Lee, among others.
Personal of Burton’s work characteristics
* The surreal, dark, film has inspired to Tim Burton but also Terry Gilliam and the Brothers Quay Stephen Quay, Timothy Quay), is inspired by the Czech Jan Svankmajer animation director.[ 32 ]
* The physical characteristics of the protagonists are extreme: very high, very short, very slender and very fat are some of the most notorious.
* Almost all of his characters are characterized by enormous eyering as if they had not slept in days (e.g., Edward Scissorhands, Sweeney Todd, Katrina Van Tassel, etc.). This director will often called “silent style”.
* Incorporation of sinister and self-taught characters.
* Frequently used names Edward, Vincent and Victor to their main characters.
* The range of color in movies are of two types: sinister, using black colors Indigos, Greens, reds, grayscale (Edward Scissorhands, Batman) and fantastic, using tones cakes and white contrasted with primary colors (Charlie and the chocolate factory, Mars Attacks!)
* His style and Visual themes are influenced by 1920 to 1930, horror movies especially those of James Whale and F.W. Murnau, together with the German Expressionism films. Illustrations by Edward Gorey are other influences, while the corpses of Burton motive seems to show the artist Edward Burra influences . In turn, works shows the influence of Dr. Seuss and the films of Victor Moll especially “The adventures of Baron Munchaussen”.
* There are many elegant curves worked on many things seen on screen designs. The ends of lines often become spirals. The most famous of them is the Hill in The Nightmare before Christmas.
* Usually uses the theme of fatherhood in his films, although it is not considered a model father and nor a child model did not have a vivid relationship with their parents.
* Often works with actor Johnny Depp. The two collaborated in Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow, Charlie and the chocolate factory, Corpse Bride, Sweeney Todd and Alice in the Wonderland films. Burton wanted to include Depp film Mars Attacks!, in the role that finally played Michael j. Fox.
* Many films as Batman Returns, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Charlie and the chocolate factory, Corpse Bride, and Edward Scissorhands are located at Christmas, during the winter or the exchange of gifts.
* His films often have scenes where characters appear seated at the table.
* Many of his characters are given a background concerning its relationship with parents, sometimes as a means of explaining his erratic behavior. Sleepy Hollow, Charlie and the chocolate factory, Big Fish, and Edward Scissorhands are prominent examples.
* Frequently includes dogs killed (as they are their favorite animals and for him the friendship between man and dog acquires a symbolic character), clowns, tiles to white and black boxes, twisted trees, pumpkin lanterns, scarecrow, snakes striped, typical buildings of butterflies and horror films.
* His films have Goth subtexts.
* Customize the logo of the company at the beginning of his films.
* Its long partnership with Danny Elfman, who has set much of his films from the great adventure of Pee-Wee. Except for Ed Wood, which musicalized Howard Shore, and Sweeney Todd composed by Stephen Sondheim, also author of the music and songs from the original Broadway show.
* Their main characters tend to be social outcasts, and are usually shy, with a complexion pale and wacky hair black, similar to yours. Usually high and stylized, thin and elongated limbs. The eyes of his characters are usually very expressive and other typical feature is the have the small mouth.
* Input credits are usually travelling. Also tend to go on, through or within some kind of visual effect.
* A caricature of Burton appeared on the Show in Plucky Plato. Episode – the return of the patocueva, the main character is Burton and aims to have a character in Batman Returns. Burton not lent his voice to the episode but Maurice LaMarche – who, incidentally, provided the voice for the character of Vincent D’Onofrio and Orson Welles in Ed Wood.
* In his book of poems, the melancholy death of Oyster Boy; Burton draws the protagonist of each poem in the same style of drawing in The Nightmare Before Christmas.
* In the film Batman Forever Dr. Burton (Rene Auberjonois) refers to the same Burton.
* Vincent (1982) – short film
* Luau (1982) – short film
* Hansel and Gretel (1982) – medium
* Frankenweenie (1984) – medium
* Pee-Wee’s big adventure (1985)
* Beetlejuice (Bitelchus) (1988)
* Batman (1989)
* Edward Scissorhands (1990)
* Batman Returns (Batman returns, Batman returns) (1992)
* Ed Wood (1994)
* Mars Attacks! (1996)
* Sleepy Hollow (1999)
* The World of Stainboy (2000)-(mini-series broadcast over the Internet)
* The planet of the apes (2001)
* Big Fish (2003)
* Charlie and the chocolate factory (2005)
* Corpse Bride (2005)
* Sweeney Todd (2007)
* Alice’s adventures in Wonderland (2010)
* Dark Shadows (2011) – Start filming: April 2011
* Frankenweenie (2012) – Remake in pre-production phase (premiere USA: 9 March 2012)
* Bones of The Killers
As an animator
* Stalk of the Celery Monster (1979)
* The Fox and the hound (Tod and Toby) (1981) – Uncredited
* Luau (1982)
* Tron (1982) – Uncredited
* Taran and the cauldron (1985) – Uncredited
As a producer
* Edward Scissorhands (1990)
* Batman Returns (1992)
* The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
* Cabin Boy (1994)
* Ed Wood (1994)
* Batman Forever (1995)
* James and the Giant Peach (James and the giant peach) (1996)
* Mars Attacks! (1996)
* The World of Stainboy (2000)
* Corpse Bride (2005)
* 9 (2009)
* Alice’s adventures in Wonderland (2010)
* Frankenweenie (2012) – Remake in pre-production – stage premiere USA: 9 March 2012
As a screenwriter
* The island of Dr. Agor (1971)
* Stalk of the century (1979)
* Doctor of Doom (1979)
* Hansel and Gretel (1982) – chapter TV
* Luau (1982)
* Vincent (1982)
* Frankenweenie (1984)
* Edward Scissorhands (1990)
* The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
* Lost in Oz (2000)
* The World of Stainboy (2000)
* Frankenweenie (2012) – Pre-production phase.
* Theatre Festival – Director of chapter Aladdin and his wonderful lamp series (1985)
* Series Alfred Hitchcock presents – Remake of “The jar” chapter based on the tale of the same name by Ray Bradbury (1985)
* Series amazing stories: family dog-animator characters (1993)
* Lost in Oz – not produced
Cameos and other works
* The movie of the Muppet (1979) – Actor handle a muppet
* Singles (1992)
* Hoffa (1992)
* The melancholy death of Oyster Boy and other stories (1997) – Dark poetry
* Coraline (2009) – Promotion