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Aug 25

Happy Birthday Tim Burton!

Happy 54th birthday to famous film director and producer, Tim Burton. Burton is most commonly known for his dark, edgy blockbuster movies, which include The Nightmare Before Christmas, Alice in Wonderland, Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Batman, and Batman Returns. He’s infamous for his “outside-of-the-box” style of thinking which over the years has attracted a following of devoted fans who thrive on his unique and quirky artistry. However, not many people realize that some of Burton’s first works started with his job at the Walt Disney Productions Animation Studio in the early 1980’s, when he was offered an animator’s apprenticeship right out of college. He worked as an animator, storyboard artist, and concept artist on the Disney films The Fox and the Hound, Tron, and The Black Cauldron. Wanting to set out on his own individual projects, Burton left Disney studios, but it would not be the last time that he would partner with the Disney Studios. Over the years, Tim Burton has directed, produced, and/or written a number of popular Disney movies, including the 2010 Alice in Wonderland, James and the Giant Peach, and The Nightmare Before Christmas, which has attracted somewhat of a pop culture following over the years.

Tim Burton’s latest film with Disney, Frankenweenie, is a feature length stop motion film, set to be released in theaters in early October 2012. The film is a remake of Burton’s 1984 live-action short film, by the same title, which tells the story of a young boy who tries to revive his dog after it’s run over by a car. Back in 1984 when the original Frankenweenie was completed, Disney fired Burton on the basis that he had wasted the company’s resources on a film that was too dark and scary for children. So it’s rather ironic that nearly 30 years later Disney and Burton have collaborated and found a way to make this a kid friendly story for the big screen.

So today we send out birthday wishes to the talented and legendary Tim Burton, as we look forward to many more years of his unique and individualized style of film artistry. Check out the link below to see a clip of the upcoming Frankenweenie, set to hit theaters on October 5, 2012:

 

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