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Top 5 Tim Burton Movies To See

Updated on May 20, 2015

The Mysteries of Tim Burton

Tim Burton is known for his creative, unique and occasionally downright weird films. What many people do not know is behind all this, he is a film-making genius. To know his genius, is to fully experience it. Here my top five picks for anyone looking to take a journey into the mysterious works of Tim Burton.

The Nightmare Before Christmas - A Dream in Clay-Mation

The Nightmare Before Christmas Collector's Edition (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
The Nightmare Before Christmas Collector's Edition (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)

The Nightmare Before Christmas is one of the most famous of all Tim Burton movies. Done completely in pain-staking clay-mation, it is a tale filled with music, romance, humor, and tragedy. Jack Skeleton, the pumpkin king, finds himself tiring of his life in Halloween land. One night he accidentally falls into the world of Christmas land. The lights and colors fill him with a strange feeling inside and he decides to return to Halloween land to uncover the magic of Christmas. Watching Jack from afar is a young girl (created by a grouchy scientist to be his servant) named Sally who longs to be there for him. Blind to her affections, he ignores her warnings and decides to take charge of Christmas by kidnapping Santa Clause and acting as his replacement. Sally must find a way to save Christmas from Jack and the horrors of Halloween before it is to late.

 

The Nightmare Before Christmas Trailer

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Tim Burton's Dark Twist on Irving's Classic

Sleepy Hollow
Sleepy Hollow

Tim Burton's tale stars Johnny Depp as Ichabod Crane, a constable with "modern" ideas, who is sent to put his scientific talents to use in solving the murders at Sleepy Hollow. Determined to use his modern scientific ideals, he initially rejects the superstitious tale of the Headless Horseman behind the murders. After personally seeing the Headless Horseman, he is forced to admit the existence of the devilish being. As he looks to uncover more and more behind the murders, he finds himself falling for the beautiful Katrina van Tassel. Now to stop the murders and protect the lady he cares for, he must stop the Headless Horseman before he can strike again.

 

Legend of Sleepy Hollow Theatrical Trailer

Washington Irving's Classic Tale - The Book Behind the Movie

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

he Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a Tim Burton twist to the original tale by Washington Irving. Washington Irving's tale is of the awkward and homely Ichabod Crane, the headmaster of Sleepy Hollow, who is returning home after a rejection from the object of his affections. Amidst the dark and shadows of the night, he finds himself pursued by the devilish apparition known as the Headless Horseman.

 

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - A Delicious Treat to the Senses

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Widescreen Edition)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Widescreen Edition)

The original Gene Wilder version of the film (remember...the one with the freaky tunnel scene on the chocolate river) is now joined by Tim Burton's own take upon the book by Roald Dahl. Charlie Bucket is a well-loved but poor boy who finds a Golden Ticket giving him the chance of a lifetime, a trip into the mysterious chocolate factory of Willy Wonka (Johnny Depp). Accompanied by his slightly odd grandfather, he finds himself immersed in the wonderful world of Willy Wonka. Brightly colored and musically accompanied by Wonka's oompa loompa's, Charlie is in for an adventure leading to a mysterious surprise.

 

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Theatrical Trailer

Roald Dahl's Classic Tale

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (My Roald Dahl)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (My Roald Dahl)

Both Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movies are similar in plot but have scenes unique to each Director's vision. The true tale comes from the imaginative mind of Roald Dahl. Only in his book, can the reader discover the sweet truth behind the films.

 

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street - A Film Filled With Sharp Revenge

Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Based loosely upon the true tale of the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Sweeney Todd is a dark tale of cruel revenge and sinister intentions. Falsely accused and forced to leave his wife and child behind, Sweeney Todd (Johnny Depp) has returned to London ready to rebuild his broken life. Instead he finds his wife has died, and his child is a captive to the very man who had him falsely imprisoned. Intent on revenge, he is persuaded by Ms. Lovitt (a long-admirer of his) to re-open his previous trade as a barber. A shaving knife becomes a murderous tool in the hands of Sweeney Todd. Despite Todd's lack of passion for her, Ms. Lovitt finds a way to dispose of his work and cheaply fill her shop's meat pies. Together the two produce of tale of murder, revenge, and meat pies.

 

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Theatrical Trailer

Edward Scissorhands - A Tale of Dreams Cut Short

Edward Scissorhands [Blu-ray]
Edward Scissorhands [Blu-ray]

Edward Scissorhands is the tale of an artificial young man (Johnny Depp) left unfinished by the untimely death of his creator. Instead of hands, he has pairs of scissors in their place. One day, the Avon lady appears attempting to sell make-up and ends up taking the sad young man home with her. In a community where everyone is alike, Edward is instantly noticed. He is slowly accepted for his talents and begins to fall for the daughter of his savior. After her initial surprise, the girl he cares for begins to return his affections. Just as things appear to be looking up for Edward, an incident sparks the beginnings of hostility towards his presence. To save himself, Edward must decide where he belongs.

 

Edward Scissorhands Theatrical Trailer

Which Tim Burton Film Would You See? - Sorry. There is not a 'no I would not see any' voting option.

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