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ALICE IN WONDERLAND

TIM BURTON (Director) began his career at Walt Disney as a concept and in-between artist in 1979, working on the animated features "The Fox and the Hound” and "The Black Cauldron.”

This past year was a busy one for Burton. Aside from directing "Alice in Wonderland” and producing the animated feature "9”, he released "The Art of Tim Burton,” a 430-page book comprising more than 40 years of his personal and project artwork. In November The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) opened an extensive exhibit of his work. The exhibit will tour Melbourne, Australia and Toronto, Canada, later this year.

In 2007, Burton directed an adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's blood-soaked, Tony Award®-winning musical "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, which won an Academy Awar® for Best Art Direction as well as nominations for Costume Design and Actor (Depp).

Prior to that, Burton directed an adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic children's book "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” starring Depp and Freddie Highmore, which opened to impressive critical and box-office success and continues to entertain audiences everywhere. That same year, Burton also directed and produced the dark, romantic stop-motion animated feature "Corpse Bride,” with voices by Depp and Bonham Carter.

Burton's previous film was "Big Fish,” a heartwarming tale of a fabled relationship between a father and his son. The film, hailed as Burton's most personal and emotional to date, earned respectable reviews and box office, and starred Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Jessica Lange and Billy Crudup. Prior to "Big Fish,” Burton 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 1968. 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.

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 for Disney with the stop-motion 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 the live-action short "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; the director was praised for his original vision. He followed that with "Beetlejuice,” a supernatural comedy starring Michael Keaton, Geena Davis, Alec Baldwin and Winona Ryder, and 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 Depp, Winona Ryder and Diane Wiest, was one of the big hits of the 1990 holiday 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 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 two Academy Awards® for Best Supporting Actor (Martin Landau) and Best Special Effects Makeup.

Burton conceived and produced the stop-motion animated feature "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 array of leading actors including Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Danny DeVito, Pierce Brosnan and Annette Bening.

In 1999 Burton directed "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; it won the Oscar® for Best Art Direction.

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