23 Things You May Not Know About Tim Burton And His Movies

The evil genius knows what he’s doing.

1. He wears a pair of pinstripe socks as a lucky charm at every premiere and special occasion.

2. He directed this Killers video.

3. Tim and his wife Helena Bonham Carter live in two different houses connected by a grand hallway.

4. In 2010 they purchased a third house for the nanny and their two kids.

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5. Johnny Depp only says 169 words in Edward Scissorhands.

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6. Nick Carter uses the Slip and Slide in Edward Scissorhands.

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For more Edward Scissorhands facts, check this out.

7. It took an entire week of shooting to create one minute of film for A Nightmare Before Christmas.

8. Jack Skellington first appeared in Beetlejuice. His head can be seen atop Beetlejuice’s carnival hat.

9. Despite being a major character, Michael Keaton, who played Betelgeuse, only filmed Beetlejuice for two weeks and is only on screen for 17 and a half minutes.

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10. Keep an eye out! Tim frequently features a dinner scene in his films.

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11. Every character in Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland’s Wonderland has a proper name.

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According to IMDB, “the Hatter’s name is Tarrant Hightopp, The White Rabbit is McTwisp, The Dormouse is Malyumkin, The March Hare is Thackery, The Caterpillar is Absolem, The Chesire Cat is Chessur, The White Queen is Mirana Crimms, The Red Queen is Iracebeth Crimms, and the Knave of Hearts is Ilosovic Stayne.”

12. During the entire time Large Marge tells her story in Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, she never blinks.

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13. Deep Roy, the actor who was hired to play an Oompa-Loompa in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, ended up playing ALL of the Oompa-Loompas.

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He had to repeat the same movements hundreds of times. These were then put together digitally. However, each Oompa-Loompa represents a separate performance by Roy. The work was so extensive his pay was upped to $1,000,000.

14. Willy Wonka’s cane was filled with Nerds candy.

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15. The pink sugar canes, lollipops on the trees, and giant humbugs were actually made with real candy.

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16. The factory Charlie’s dad works at makes Smilex toothpaste. This is the same name of the product that the Joker was selling in Tim Burton’s Batman.

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17. In Batman Returns, Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman costume had to be vacuum sealed once she put it on.

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18. Speaking of Batman Returns, according to Tim Burton’s book Burton on Burton the live penguins were the biggest divas on set.

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The production had to fly in penguins from the English countryside in the refrigerated hold of a plane. Once on set they were given their own refrigerated trailer, their own swimming pool with half a ton of fresh ice every day, and had fresh fish delivered daily straight from the docks. Even though the temperature outside frequently topped 100 degrees, the entire set was refrigerated down to 35 degrees.

19. But they were also the cutest! A crew member once found a real penguin cuddling a mechanical one.

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20. When Norther Winslow shows his half finished poem to Edward in Big Fish, the handwriting is actually Tim Burton’s.

21. Apparently, Johnny Depp adopted the horse that played Gunpowder in Sleepy Hollow when he heard it was going to be put down.

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22. The sound used for the Martians in Mars Attacks! was reportedly created by reversing the sound of a duck’s quack.

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23. When people were vaporized in Mars Attacks! the remains of their skeletons were either red or green because the movie was supposed to be released around Christmas.

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