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Tim Burton Quiz

Tim Burton has one of the most distinctive visual styles of any filmmaker who ever sat behind a camera.  He is credited with creating a gothic style in cinema (thereby establishing himself as the default hero to goth teens everywhere).  His films mix humor with horror in an usual twisted and macabre manner, whether it’s people being blasted into red and green skeletons in Mars Attacks, the grisly murders of Sleepy Hollow and Sweeney Todd, the dark zaniness of characters like Beetlejuice or the Red Queen, or the creepy pastels of the “real” world as presented in Pee Wee’s Big Adventure and Edward Scissorhands.  Burton specializes in characters who are outsiders and can’t fit in with the rest of the world.  He reinvigorated the comic book movie with 1989’s Batman (the highest grossing movie at that time).  He has worked repeatedly with actors like Johnny Depp, Jack Nicholson, Helena Bonham Carter Michael Keaton, Winona Ryder, Christopher Lee, Paul Reubens, Michelle Pfeiffer, Catherine O’Hara, Jeffrey Jones, and many others, though his biggest collaborator is composer Danny Elfman, whose music is often synonymous with Burton’s skewed view.  How much do you know about Tim Burton’s films and career?  Take the following quiz and find out:

After taking the quiz, scroll down to see more information about the questions (or cheat and skip the quiz altogether):

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Last warning for spoilers!

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1

Early in Tim Burton’s career, he worked for the Walt Disney Company as an animator, storyboard artist and concept artist for The Fox and the Hound and The Black Cauldron.

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The first animated feature film Tim Burton directed was Corpse Bride (sharing credit with Mike Johnson).  Despite what many people believe, he did not direct The Nightmare Before Christmas–that was Henry Selick.  “Vincent” was a short animated film Burton did while working for Disney, and the upcoming Frankenweenie is an animated remake of his short film from the same era as “Vincent.”  All these films were done via stop motion animation.

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Alice in Wonderland has made the most money domestically with $334,191,110, though if you adjust Batman‘s $251,188,924 for ticket price inflation, it would still be at the top with $492,934,700.

4

To date, Tim Burton has only been nominated for one Academy Award, which was for Corpse Bride in 2006 in the category of Best Animated Feature Film.

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Including animated films and those to be released in 2012, Tim Burton directed Johnny Depp eight times:

  1. Edward Scissorhands (1990)
  2. Ed Wood (1994)
  3. Sleep Hollow (1999)
  4. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
  5. Corpse Bride (2005)
  6. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
  7. Alice in Wonderland (2010)
  8. Dark Shadows (2012)

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Before Tim Burton met Helena Bonham Carter, he dated Lisa Marie and cast her in four movies:

  1. Ed Wood (1994)
  2. Mars Attacks! (1996)
  3. Sleepy Hollow (1999)
  4. Planet of the Apes (2001)

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Seven of Tim Burton’s feature films have never previously been filmed:

  1. Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (1985) – this movie was not an adaptation of Paul Reuben’s stage production The Pee Wee Herman Show, which was broadcast on HBO in 1981.
  2. Beetlejuice (1988)
  3. Edward Scissorhands (1990)
  4. Ed Wood (1994)
  5. Mars Attacks! (1996)
  6. Big Fish (2003)
  7. Corpse Bride (2005)

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Tim Burton’s films are known for including as part of their visual style checkerboard floors, slanted architecture, and pasty white faces, but pentagrams is not something he normally includes (Sleepy Hollow notwithstanding).

9

Tim Burton directed three R-rated films: Ed Wood (1994), Sleep Hollow (1999), and Sweeney Todd (2007).

10

Danny Elfman did not score two of Tim Burton’s films: Ed Wood (1994) due to a falling out the two had; and Sweeney Todd (2007) because it was a musical scored by Stephen Sondheim.

* Information about the questions and answers taken from IMDb, Wikipedia, and Box Office Mojo.

copyright © 2012 FilmVerse

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