Reel Dialogue’s Director’s Cut – Tim Burton

‘I’ve always been misrepresented. You know, I could dress in a clown costume and laugh with the happy people but they’d still say I’m a dark personality.’ – Tim Burton 

Tim Burton is one of Hollywood’s most atypical, but innovative directors in Hollywood. Yet, with the dark contrast that Burton contributes to the film world, he opens the door to many conversations on the dark side of human nature and spirituality. Burton’s films provide an interesting spin on life and open the door to exceptional opportunities of analysis because of his artistry and for the spiritual underpinnings of his work. 

With his new interpretation of Dumbo, it is quite an adventure to identify the Tim Burton style. When audiences look back at Beetlejuice, Batman, Edward Scissorhands and Alice in Wonderland, it is easy to see why he has received both positive and horrific reviews. He is a director that is difficult to define and some of his films have been received well by the general public, some have been critically acclaimed and even some have failed at the box office. Tim Burton expressed an early interest in campy horror films, but has gone on to help Disney animators stylings to provide fresh direction.

Love him or hate him, he has put out some of the most influential films throughout the past three decades.

Interesting fact at about Tim Burton: He animated some of your Disney favourites while at Disney

Burton worked on The Fox and the Hound. He served as an animator, storyboard artist and concept artist on the film. The Disney classic is a huge departure from the style that Burton would eventually become known for. He was bored by the animation style and storyline. He also worked on The Black Cauldron while at Disney.

Reel Dialogue’s favourite Tim Burton films:

1. Edward Scissorhands

2. Batman (1989)

3. Big Fish

4. Alice in Wonderland (2010)

5. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

6. James and the Giant Peach

Tim Burton’s top 5 films at the world-wide box office*:

1. Alice in Wonderland (2010)

2. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

3. Batman (1989)

4. Planet of the Apes (2001)

5. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Check out the trailer of Tim Burton’s upcoming film – Dumbo


*box office details found at Box Office Mojo

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Russell Matthews

Russell loves film and enjoys engaging in discussions about the latest cinema offerings and then connecting this with the Gospel. He has worked for City Bible Forum for over 10 years, is a reviewer for Insights Magazine and Entertainment Fuse and has a blog called Russelling Reviews. He moderates events for Reel Dialogue which connect the film industry with the general public.