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Although the typical layman would immediately label him an oddball those who are a little bit more familiar with Tim Burton would say that hes a beautiful mess Burton was born August 25 1958 in Burbank California He lived in typical suburbia along with his brother and parents although he never felt very attached to them He felt much closer to the films of Vincent Price and the writings of Edgar Allan Poe While his parents wanted him to go play outside and be normal he would rather soak into a 1950s horror movie or just withdraw into his own mind into his own world When asked about his childhood he responded I guess if there was a flavor of childhood I guess childhood was a kind of surreal bright depression Breskin 38 Aside from watching horror movies Burton spent most of his adolescence drawing He went on to win a scholarship to the California Institute of the Arts awarded to him by Disney After being unsuccessful working in the Disney atmosphere where the animation was too cheery and uniformed for him he went on to make distinctive box office hits Those who have interviewed Burton can easily see what a mess he is The language of English seems second to the visual process with which he thinks He must translate this process into words which may take a little time and energy Hes disconnected from the world He is both funny and morbid He labels himself a happy-go-lucky manic depressive Breskin 39 Burton is very serious about his creations yet appears to be a flake He has always felt that he was an outsider in his society and in his family Burton has carried this feeling of being a lone soul inside of the entangled web of the world into every single one of his filmsAs an artist at Disney his first film he worked on was the animated feature The Fox and the
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