Tim Burton's Childhood Fascination with Fantasy & Horror

By Terry Claypoole
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.