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The A To Z Of Tim Burton
The Alice in Wonderland director's career in 26 easy pieces
Tim Burton's 3D take on Alice In Wonderland is candy for the eyes, transporting us with its heroine to a kaleidoscopic, lysergic Underland, alive with colour and strange beasties. Lewis Carroll's trippy tale is literary LSD, so Burton's reimagining could easily be described as Alice In Wonderland on acid on acid (not literally, mind: say no to drugs, kids). To celebrate the return on one of cinema's great visualists, we've run the rule over Burton's filmmaking career to date...


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The A To Z Of Tim Burton | Art
The A To Z Of Tim Burton | Art


Long before he started making even short films, Timothy William Burton wielded pen and paper with the best of them, copying his favourite Universal monsters to begin with and creating his own bizarre beasties from a very early age. It's something that he's continued ever since: his films are conceived in his voluminous sketch books as much as in their scripts (see the April issue of Empire for examples), and his independent characters (as seen in his book The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy) have also taken on a life of their own - and that's not even discussing his brief career as a Disney animator. If you're in New York before April 26, you can see a selection of artwork from throughout his career among the Monets and Warhols of MoMA.

Image courtesy of The Art Of Tim Burton. Available in the UK through and in the US through

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1 RE: Make us a film please Tim?
Posted on Friday March 5, 2010, 11:06 by JIm R
enius, love his films. t="trebuchet ms"] ith Hitchcock, my fave director. Read More

2 Make us a film please Tim?
Posted on Thursday March 4, 2010, 22:43 by film nut
The Batman films Tim did were always the best. I always used to read the Batman graphic novels and later there was a Robin set also. It would be good if Tim could make a Robin film, the kind of dark, gothic look would be perfect and you could count on it being well made. The film would write itself virtually and im sure plenty of people would go see it. Hope for it by 2011ish, sure it will make a packet :-) Read More

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