It’s hard to believe we’ve been helping ourselves to concoctions from the mind of Tim Burton for almost half a century, but he does turn 55 this year, and he’s the man behind some of our favorite and most iconic figures in film.
There is no mistaking the Tim Burton aesthetic: Gothic bizarre with a twist of deranged.
What is such a man like? According to his partner, Helena Bonham Carter, “Tim’s actually a quite sane person who doesn’t like combs, and me too. We have quite a normal existence. People would be surprised at how banal we are. We watch EastEnders on the telly and most of the time he’s very tired because he’s always working.”
And while his characters are sometimes horrifying, they are at the same time endearing . . . even loveable. Take a look.