Inspirational Quotes by Tim Burton

It’s good as an artist to always remember to see things in a new, weird way.

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Visions are worth fighting for. Why spend your life making someone else’s dreams?

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Things that I grew up with stay with me. You start a certain way, and then you spend your whole life trying to find a certain simplicity that you had. It’s less about staying in childhood than keeping a certain spirit of seeing things in a different way.

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One person’s crazyness is another person’s reality.

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It was a weird reaction to ‘Batman Returns,’ because half the people thought it was lighter than the first one, and half the people thought it was darker. I think the studio just thought it was too weird – they wanted to go with something more child- or family-friendly. In other words, they didn’t want me to do another one.

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I started to do stop-motion when I was a kid. You take a Super 8 and make some models, and move, click, move, click. All that. I love all forms of animation, but there is something unique and special to stop-motion: it’s more real and the set is lit like a set. But I think it’s also a kind of lonely and dark thing to want to do.

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I’ve always been misrepresented. You know, I could dress in a clown costume and laugh with the happy people but they’d still say I’m a dark personality.

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I’ve found that the people who play villains are the nicest people in the world, and people who play heroes are jerks. It’s like people who play villains work out all their problems on screen, and then they’re just really wonderful people.

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A lot of things you see as a child remain with you… you spend a lot of your life trying to recapture the experience.

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I never saw Frankenstein or King Kong or the Creature from the Black Lagoon as bad guys. They were the good guys.

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Movies are like an expensive form of therapy for me.

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I get so tired of people saying, ‘Oh, you only make fantasy films and this and that’, and I’m like, ‘Well no, fantasy is reality’, that’s what Lewis Carroll showed in his work.

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I used to have a phone machine that you turn ‘on’ and ‘off,’ which was great. Now, it’s so technological that it’s like going down the rabbit hole.

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There’s something quite exciting when you have a history with somebody and you see them do new and different things.

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I am not a big technology person. I don’t go on the Internet really much at all. Drawing is like a zen thing; it’s private, which in this day and age is harder to come by.

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I don’t know what it was, maybe the movie theaters in my immediate surrounding neighbourhood in Burbank, but I never saw what would be considered A movies.

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It’s hard to find logic in things sometimes. That’s why I can’t analyze things too much, because it often doesn’t make much sense.

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I think a lot of kids feel alone and slightly isolated and in their own world.

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I have a problem when people say something’s real or not real, or normal or abnormal. The meaning of those words for me is very personal and subjective. I’ve always been confused and never had a clearcut understanding of the meaning of those kinds of words.

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In Hollywood, they think drawn animation doesn’t work anymore, computers are the way. They forget that the reason computers are the way is that Pixar makes good movies. So everybody tries to copy Pixar. They’re relying too much on the technology and not enough on the artists.

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I can’t remember any dreams in my life. There’s so much strange in real life that it often seems like a dream.

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When you’re making a movie, it’s a very interiorised world.

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I guess I feel so tortured most of the time, when I see someone else feeling tortured, I get a little perverse glee out of it.

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I’ve always been more comfortable making my decisions from the subconscious level, or more emotionally, because I find it is more truthful to me; Intellectually, I don’t think like that because I get uncomfortable.

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I am not a dark person and I don’t consider myself dark.

Tim Burton

When people are deprived of a sense, their other senses get heightened. If you’re culturally devoid of something – of weather, of artistry, of interesting architecture, all the way down the line to culture itself – you’re either forced to give in and get that car dealership, or you manufacture those things for yourself.

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Anybody who knows me knows I would never read a comic book. And I certainly would never read anything written by Kevin Smith.

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You don’t know whether chimps are going to kill you or kiss you. They’re very open on some levels and much more evil in a certain way.

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I always liked strange characters.

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I wouldn’t know a good script if it bit me in the face.

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I never really got nightmares from movies. In fact, I recall my father saying when I was three years old that I would be scared, but I never was.

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It’s like getting into film – I didn’t say early on, ‘I’m going to become a filmmaker,’ ‘I’m going to show my work at MoMA.’ When you start to think those things, you’re in trouble.

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Working on ‘Nightmare Before Christmas,’ I had endless arguments, like the studio saying, ‘You can’t have a main character that’s got no eyeballs!’ ‘How is anybody going to feel for somebody with just eyesockets?’ You know? So, it’s those kind of things that really wear you down.

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There’s something about seeing this little inanimate object coming to life that’s just very exciting. That’s why with ‘Nightmare’ I held out for so long to do it.

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When it comes to art and science, people don’t like a lot of either. Instead of being open to it, they’re closed off about it.

Tim Burton

Jack Nicholson is a textbook actor who’s very intuitive. He is absolutely brilliant at going as far as you can go, always pushing to the edge, but still making it seem real.

Tim Burton

Anybody who knows me knows I would never read a comic book.

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I remember early in my career with Disney, which was a very strange time in the company – there were a couple of executives who were very supportive of me and kind of let me do my own thing.

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It’s people who you’ve seen that have given you a lot. In some ways, I felt they helped me psychologically because you see these people up on the screen going through torment and being on the outside, and somehow you relate to them, and it helps you get through life. It’s a real honour and pleasure to then meet these people.

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I did some sports. It was a bit frustrating. I wasn’t the greatest sports person.

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To be honest, whatever troubles I’ve had, I’ve also gotten the opportunities to do things.

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Anybody with artistic ambitions is always trying to reconnect with the way they saw things as a child.

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Things like ‘mad as a hatter’ or ‘grinning like a Cheshire cat’, are so powerful that music and songs incorporate the imagery. Writers, artists, illustrators, a lot of them have incorporated that.

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If I had a choice about going to a meeting at a studio or changing a nappy, I’d choose the nappy.

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People told me I couldn’t kill Nicholson, so I cast him in two roles and killed him off twice.

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When I was growing up, Dr. Seuss was really my favorite. There was something about the lyrical nature and the simplicity of his work that really hit me.

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My parents suffered from that ideal of a perfect nuclear family. They found that a difficult pressure, I think.

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People say I am stuck in childhood, but it’s not that. I remember seeing a Matisse retrospective, and you could see he started out one way, and then he tried something different, and then he seemed to spend his whole life trying to get back to the first thing.

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I think of Ray Harryhausen’s work – I knew his name before I knew any actor or director’s names. His films had an impact on me very early on, probably even more than Disney. I think that’s what made me interested in animation: His work.

Tim Burton

I don’t look at my films or my old drawings much, so that was an interesting way to kind of reconnect with myself a bit.

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When I went to Warner Bros., there was a woman named Bonnie Lee who was an executive who helped me to get to ‘Pee-wee’s Big Adventure.’

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I find that the most special thing to me is if you’ve connected to people in some way: If someone comes up to you on the street and says something to you, and you know it’s meant something to them, and it’s connected to some project. That, I find, is amazing.

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