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TIM BURTON (Director) most recently directed Planet of the Apes, a project that brought him together with producer Richard D. Zanuck, the former 20th Century Fox studio head who had greenlit the original film in l968. Burton's Planet of the Apes starred Mark Wahlberg, Tim Roth, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Clarke Duncan and Kris Kristofferson and was a summer 2001 box office hit.

His previous film was Sleepy Hollow, which was inspired by Washington Irving's classic story and starred Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Miranda Richardson and Michael Gambon. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards®, including Best Costume Design and Best Cinematography and won the Oscar® for Best Art Direction. Honors from BAFTA included Best Costume Design and Best Production Design.

While Sleepy Hollow was a richly visual sojourn in Gothic 18th century style, all of Burton's films are equally well known for the highly imaginative and detailed world he creates to surround and inform the story. They include Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, Beetlejuice, Batman, Edward Scissorhands, Batman Returns, Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, Ed Wood and Mars Attacks!

Burton began drawing at an early age, attended Cal Arts Institute on a Disney fellowship and, soon after, joined the studio as an animator. He made his directing debut with the animated short Vincent, narrated by Vincent Price. The film was a critical success and an award-winner on the festival circuit. Burton's next in-house project was a live-action short film called Frankenweenie, an inventive and youthful twist on the Frankenstein legend.

In 1985, Burton's first feature film, Pee-wee's Big Adventure, was a box-office hit and the director was praised for his original vision. Beetlejuice (l988), a supernatural comedy starring Michael Keaton, Geena Davis, Alec Baldwin and Winona Ryder, was another critical and financial success.

In 1989, Burton directed the blockbuster Batman starring Jack Nicholson, Michael Keaton, and Kim Basinger. Following the triumph of Batman, the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) awarded Burton the Director of the Year Award. The film also won an Academy Award® for Best Art Direction. Edward Scissorhands, starring Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder and Diane Wiest, was one of the big hits of the 1990 Christmas season and acclaimed for its original vision and poignant fairy tale sensibility. In 1992, Burton once again explored the dark underworld of Gotham City in Batman Returns, the highest grossing film of that year, which featured Michelle Pfeiffer as the formidable Catwoman and Danny DeVito as the Penguin.

In 1994, Burton produced and directed Ed Wood starring Johnny Depp in the title role. The film garnered Academy Awards® for Best Supporting Actor (Martin Landau as Bela Lugosi) and Best Special Effects Makeup.

Burton conceived and produced the stop-motion animation adventure Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, an original holiday tale that has become a seasonal perennial. He also produced 1993's Cabin Boy and 1995's summer blockbuster Batman Forever, as well as the 1996 release of James and the Giant Peach, based on Roald Dahl's children's novel.

Burton produced and directed Mars Attacks!, a sci-fi comedy based on the original Topps trading card series, starring an elite array of 20 leading players including Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Danny DeVito and Annette Bening. Burton issued a children's book of his own drawings for The Nightmare Before Christmas, released in conjunction with the movie. His next book of drawings and rhyming verse, The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories, was praised by the New York Times for "conveying the pain of an adolescent outsider.”

Burton will next direct Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.


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