Tim Burton's Childhood Fascination with Fantasy & Horror

By | May 25, 2018

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Tim Burton attends the European Premiere of 'Alice Through The Looking Glass' at Odeon Leicester Square on May 10, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/WireImage)

There are few directors more easily recognized for their fascination with horror and fantasy than Tim Burton. The well-known producer, screenwriter, and illustrator has been hired and fired by Disney three times; not usually an event someone wishes to make known to the public. While his short stints at Disney gave him valuable training and education with animation and production, it was his pivot from the family-friendly fairy tale company that allowed him to explore what was truly important to him.

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Tim Burton was born in the average town of Burbank, CA in 1958. He grew up with both of his parents and his brother in this typical suburban borough. Not being fond of his life in this neighborhood, he found solace in a cemetery at the end of his street, Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery.

“It didn’t quite feel morbid, although people probably think it is,” he says. “It felt more exciting and lonely and special and emotional. I guess it was a good place to think.”

While attending school other kids found him odd, and he was most likely bullied due to his introverted and shy nature. He found himself relating to characters of some of the most classic horror movies, like Frankenstein (1931).

"He's perceived as a monster, even though he isn't really. He's just different."