Tim Burton is famous for his weirdness and flair for the unusual. You’ll probably associate his works with dark animations such as Corpse Bride or ghouls and unusual beings like Beetlejuice. Whatever first exposed you to his magnificent work has probably stuck with you, but there are a lot of other movies that don’t necessarily follow his “usual” style of work.
Just a head’s up, while many people think that Tim Burton directed The Nightmare Before Christmas, Henry Selick is the true mastermind when it came to directing that.
So, let’s dive right in!
1. Ed Wood
This 1994 Tim Burton creation reiterates the director’s celebration of outcasts and weirdos. Title character Ed Wood tries to find his place in the world, but never truly succeeds. The black and white film showed restraint from Burton’s side and allowed the characters to shine through.
2. Big Fish
The whimsical story of Big Fish is a story of a father and son, who share eccentric, over the top stories. As the son gets older, he stops believing in his father’s tales and the relationship is strained. However, as the story progresses the true relationship between a father and his son is revealed.
For many, his is where Burton cemented his dark, twisted humour within the film industry. The story is about two ghosts that move into a house and try to scare the residing family away. With strange musical numbers and even stranger characters, it’s easy to see why it is regarded as one of his best works.
4. Batman Returns
While Burton did direct the initial Batman film, it’s the sequel that put him on the map. With a star-studded cast that’s as glittering as the slots Peru offers, all willing to put up with the strange and a studio that let his passion run wild, Batman Returns is a true Tim Burton creation.
5. Edward Scissorhands
You didn’t think that we would miss this one, did you? It’s an odd film about a boy with scissors for hands who gladly helps the town cut hair and trim their hedges. Unfortunately, he’s framed for a crime that he didn’t commit, and the town turns against him.
6. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
This is arguably one of Burton’s most violent and gruesome films to date. All of this aside, it’s still one of his best films and showcases his creative flair perfectly. Plus, it’s also a musical so it’s got all of Burton’s signature features in one.
All About Embracing The Weirdness Of The World
If anything, Tim Burton reassures the outcasts and “weirdos” of the world that being different is okay and that embracing the strange can lead to some magical moments.