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5 Tim Burton Films That Anyone Can Surely Enjoy

Updated on August 25, 2019
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There are a lot of quirky descriptions about the works of Tim Burton. The famous film director has worked on animated, action, comedy, and other film genres. He made an unforgettable mark on his films that are uniquely his. But don't let the facade of these great movies ward you off elsewhere.

He made intriguing, inspiring, and peculiar works that introduced inspiring characters in entirely new worlds. But with his unique style that focuses on the use of dark elements, there are times that people wouldn't have their children watch his works. Now, not all of his works are that strange that would bother people of the younger generation.

Aside from those, it is also good to note that he seems to have a set of regular actors as well. These actors are greatly suited to their roles and have been accustomed to Tim Burton's directorial style. Will you be able to identify them? Are you familiar with the regulars?

Who is Tim Burton?

Timothy Walter Burton or most famous as simply Tim Burton is an American film director. He has gained an impressive experience in the fields of writing, animation, and movie production. As a filmmaker, he is associated in using dark, gothic, yet peculiar horror and fantasy elements in his films.

Don't take this as something to be wary when you pick his movies. His great talent and originality with his works made him the famous person he is now. Though you might be surprised that he started his early career at Disney. (Who would want to have scary characters in Disney films?) Still, he was given the chance to work on Frankenweenie (1984), but the company thought that the story was not suitable for children. He somehow felt that the work he for the company wasn't suitable for his style and interests.

Even though he might have had these conflicts, he continued to strive and work on other projects. This list is now the reflection of the creations that made Tim Burton a memorable name. This time, not just for the older audience, but the brave young minds as well.

1. Edward Scissorhands (1990)

This may be the most famous of all the movies Tim Burton has made. This film stars the young Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder. It was released in 1990 and received great responses around the world.

The film tells the story of an uncommon gentleman. A romantic fantasy drama that showed the first of many collaborations Depp and Burton would make up to the present. The story revolves around the main character, Edward, who is an artificial man created with an unfinished body. His hands are made of scissors instead of fingers. He has lived in an old mansion up the hill until a woman comes and brings him home to be with her family. Edward sees the intricacies of human life and interaction. He falls in love with the family's teenage daughter Kim (Ryder). But the complexities of having social interaction and the challenges of getting proper social approval turn from good to worse.

This film is touching even with the unusual setup and characters. Many people saw the great work in this that it got numerous nominations from various award-giving organizations. There were even different stage adaptations of the film in 2005 and 2010.

Because of its popularity, even miniatures are made :)
Because of its popularity, even miniatures are made :) | Source

Exaggerated Stories but a Sense of Reality

2. Big Fish (2003)

This is a movie adaptation of Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions by Daniel Wallace. A touching drama about a father who loves to tell stories to his child, but uses exaggeration and color. As the father is dying, his son tries to find out the truth about him. The stories he shared are considered lies by his only son, and thus the idea of never knowing his real father: Edward Bloom. But the movie goes on to remember the wonderful adventures that the father had through his creative storytelling. The concern is if the sun would ever believe those.

Tim Burton did a brilliant job in depicting the different life stages in the movie. The cast was also big: Ewan McGregor was the young Edward Bloom while Albert Finney was the older Bloom. The film also stars Jessica Lange, Billy Crudup as the son, Danny DeVito, Alison Lohman and Marion Cotillard.

This can be enjoyed by the whole family, though there may be a need for some tissue to wipe the tears away. But overall, the lessons and inspiration would be a different treatment from the dark stories of Tim Burton.

3. Corpse Bride (2005)

From the title itself, this is a story about the dead but with a little twist on the romance genre. Even with these elements, this is not an extremely scary one to hide from. This movie was released in 2005 and was the first full-length stop-motion film Tim Burton created with Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter in the lead roles. The two amazing actors rendered their voices to Victor and Emily in the Corpse Bride.

The setting for the story is in a Victorian-era town with a shy, young man named Victor Van Dort who is to be married to Victoria Everglot. However, when he makes mistakes during the wedding rehearsal, he runs to the forest and practices his vows there. He puts the wedding ring to an upturned tree root which later comes to life. As it turns out, it is the finger of a murdered bride in her wedding gown. The joyful bride brings Victor to the world of the dead. His adventure and lesson on courage are told throughout the story.

This shows the trials of love even beyond the grave is a deep but wonderful experience to learn about and understand. It may still have Tim Burton's dark animation, but the story would pull you to appreciate it more. There are also some quirky songs included in some scenes that are surely entertaining.

4. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

Another movie adaptation. This, on the other hand, is from the work of Roald Dahl. Even though others may know the earlier movie adaptation better: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory in 1971. However, this 2005 film closely follows the story from the book compared to the 1971 musical.

Tim Burton gave life to the five "lucky" children who are given the chance to see inside the famous chocolate factory. This movie stars the young Freddie Highmore as Charlie and Johnny Depp as Mr. Willy Wonka. The two of them had worked on another film (Finding Neverland) much earlier.

In Burton's take on the story, he created colorful rooms in the factory with the grumpy-looking oompa-loompas. (This is a little different from the earlier movie's oompa-loompas). Then he created the life story of Willy Wonka's childhood within the use of flashbacks and a great deal of imagination. This movie would be enjoyed by the family and would show some lessons that children should learn as they are growing up.

A different take to Frankenstein

5. Frankenweenie (2012)

Even though there was a negative feedback to Tim Burton's first Frankenweenie in 1984, he was able to make a full-length story in 2012 instead. It still has the same story, but definitely a fresher take on the usual Frankenstein movie. This time, it involves an adorable dog who is loved by his master even after death.

It is also fascinating how through a simple idea from class, a young boy would recreate the laboratory-like atmosphere and put his own experiment. He is someone who misses his pet and wishes him back to life. Though there are challenges ahead, he is able to keep the pet and later deals with other bizarre undead problems. I

Tim Burton sure knows how to remember his past works and even tries to make them longer and better. In this film, Charlie Tahan, Martin Short, Winona Ryder, Catherine O'Hara, and others gave their voices to the characters in the movie.

Other Tim Burton movies

Tim Burton is sure to continue working with other incredible films ahead. In recent years, he has worked on Alice in Wonderland, Big Eyes, and even the movie adaptation of Miss Peregrine Home for Peculiar Children.

But how about a musical?

Burton has also directed the movie adaptation of the classic story of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Who would have thought that this dark yet touching theater story can be brought to life even more on the big screen?

The film still presents the usual Tim Burton style of cinematography but it is wonderful to note that this time, the director also had to visualize choreography done well. Even though the story had been retold multiple times in various media, it is still a refreshing experience to watch it on the big screen. The film follows the storyline of the Tony-award winning Broadway musical by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler.

The movie tells the story of Benjamin Barker (Johnny Depp) who was wrongfully accused and convicted to 15 years in a penal colony who later escapes and goes back to London. He gets the new name Sweeney Todd to find the man responsible for his conviction, Judge Turpin. This initial plan later evolved to a more dangerous act of vengeance over the judge who raped Barker's wife and adopted his daughter. In this plot for revenge, Todd goes into business with Mrs. Lovett who is his landlady turned partner. As Todd kills his preys, Mrs. Lovett bakes them for her meat pies. This plot may sound gruesome, however, the storytelling and the ending of the film captures the audience with awe.

Aside from the other movies mentioned in this list, Tim Burton is also reported to produce and direct the upcoming film Beetlejuice 2, though this is still to be confirmed.

How about you, do you have any favorite Tim Burton film that you enjoy with friends or family?

Which Tim Burton film do you like from the list?

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