Date of Birth:25 August 1958, Burbank, California, USA
Height:5' 11" (1.8 m)
Trademarks:Often does the beginning credits sequence with the camera going through something (Batman (1989), Beetlejuice (1988), Edward Scissorhands (1990) or following something (Batman Returns (1992), Mars Attacks! (1996), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)). His films often have a Gothic feel to them, often including Christmas and/or Halloween scenes. Plot often focuses around a misunderstood outcast Frequently uses composer Danny Elfman Frequently casts Jeffrey Jones, Paul Reubens, Glenn Shadix, Michael Keaton, Lisa Marie, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Gough, Deep Roy and Christopher Lee. Frequently features dead or dismembered dogs He often likes to open his films with a quiet nighttime snowfall Many of his films feature townspeople who misunderstand and/or distrust the lead character Obsession with horror actors: he makes movies about them (Vincent (1982), Ed Wood (1994)), or he actually casts them in his films (e.g. Vincent Price, Michael Gough, Christopher Lee, Christopher Walken). Often shows scarecrows in his movies His movies always opens with a personal version of the studio's logo Usually includes fantasy elements in his films Often looks into the main character's past through a series of flashbacks (i.e. Edward Scissorhands (1990), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)). Fathers are portrayed in a negative light in his films. Whether they be dead (Batman (1989)), purposely ditched their children (Batman Returns (1992)), the main characters have remorse against them because of bad childhood memories (Sleepy Hollow (1999), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), or weren't there while their child was growing up (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)). Stripes: characters often wear striped clothing, particularly black-and-white stripes (for example, Beetlejuice, Sweeney and Mrs. Lovett in "Sweeney Todd", Katrina in "Sleepy Hollow", and Tweedledum and Tweedledee in "Alice in Wonderland"). Often shows factory assembly line sequences (e.g. Edward Scissorhands (1990), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), 9 (2009)). Most his films tend to be either dark or colorful, and sometimes contain scenes of both. Affectionate homages to the films of his childhood Long unwashed hair, black clothing and large sunglasses His characters are often friendly and optimistic despite their bleak surroundings Effective use of musical interludes Extremely dark Gothic atmosphere in buildings and set design Many of his films prominently feature castles, churches or other old buildings His stories are often set in non specific locations and incorporate elements from Britain and America His antagonists are often coldly superior, brutal and thuggish but avoid getting noticed by other characters His heroes are often neurotic, somewhat cowardly and bizarre yet also intelligent and highly moral Often includes an exterior shot of a house or other structure with a character peering out of a window.
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