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Director, producer and screenwriter Tim Burton is known for such films as Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands, which blend themes of fantasy and horror.
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Although critically praised (Martin Landau won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his portrayal of a drug-addicted Bela Lugosi), the film failed to appeal to mass audiences. After producing the third installment Batman Forever (1995) and the animated feature James and the Giant Peach (1996), Burton directed the sci-fi spoof Mars Attacks!
In 1999, Burton directed a freely adapted film version, Sleepy Hollow, of Washington Irving's haunting tale The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, in which Johhny Depp offered a notable performance as the heroic Ichabod Crane. In 2001, Burton took on an ambitious remake of the 1968 cult classic Planet of the Apes starring Mark Wahlberg and Helena Bonham Carter. In 2005, he released a remake of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory starring Johnny Depp and a stop-motion animated feature called The Corpse Bride, which received an Oscar nod for Best Animated Feature Film.
Continuing with his interest in ghoulish subjects, Burton directed the film adaptation of the popular musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street in 2007. The film reunited Burton with longtime friend Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter. All three received critical praise for their work on the film, including several Golden Globe nominations. In 2010, they reunited again in Tim Burton's adaptation of Lewis Carrol's Alice In Wonderland, wherein Depp played the role of The Mad Hatter and Carter, the Red Queen.
In 2012, Burton worked with Depp on a film adaptation of the cult television series Dark Shadows. Writer Seth Grahame-Smith penned the script for this humorous look at a vampire living among his descendants. Burton also mined his own childhood for the animated film Frankenweenie that same year. The title character—a dog brought back to life—was inspired by one of his own pets. Pepe "just had a good spirit, that dog," Burton told Entertainment Weekly. "The Frankenweenie character wasn’t meant to look like him. It was more just the memory and the spirit of him."
In addition to his filmwork, Burton exhibited over 700 drawings, paintings, and other artwork at New York City's Museum of Modern Art in 2009 and 2010.
Burton has been involved with Apes star Bonham Carter since 2001. The couple has two children, a son born in October 2003 and a daughter born in December 2007.
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