When Jurassic Park writer Michael Crichton put up the movie rights to his novel, the studios lined up immediately. Warner Brothers sent out Tim Burton as the director for their offer. Joe Dante and Richard Donner were other directors in contention for the spot as well.
Burton said that he didn't know if chimps were going to "kiss you or kill you." This made his decision to direct the 2001 remake of Planet of the Apes pretty strange. At least he got to work with Helena Bonham Carter!
The Martian Girl costume was sewn onto actress Lisa Marie. For Batman Returns Michelle Pfeiffer went through 60 catsuits during her performance as the Catwoman. It was so skintight she couldn't go inside it without lots of talcum powder.
In the movie Beetlejuice, there is a head on the merry-go-round hat that looks similar to another character. That skull resembled Jack Skellington, something Burton had been drawing for years. It would eventually become the main character in The Nightmare Before Christmas.
5. He Designed A Balloon For The Thanksgiving Day Parade
If you watched the 2011 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, you may have seen a boy floating with a broad smile and stitches. That was B.Boy or Balloon Boy, a design created by Burton for the parade that year. The boy even has a backstory!
6. He's Directed Music Videos
Most directors start their careers in music videos and then feature films, not the other way around. That wasn't the case here; in 2006 he directed his first music video for the song "Bones" for post-punk band The Killers. Seven years later he worked with the band again and directed a video for their song "Here With Me."
Actress and previous wife Helena Bonham Carter lived in a separate house adjacent to Burton's when they were together. The reason was simple - she couldn't stand his snoring at night. Instead of having surgery done on his deviated septum, they decided to buy and combine the houses instead.
Burton hasn't shown up on the silver screen many times, but he has made appearances. He can be seen in Cameron Crowe's Singles, Hoffa and Men In Black 3. He even showed up in his own movie, Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children, but only because they had no extra on hand.
In a New York Times interview, he described how some shows and movies affect him in certain ways. He said the emotion of cooking shows and watching them cook and fail brought out the tears. On the other hand, a tearjerker like Love Actually bothered him and Mammia Mia! made him depressed.
While Burton is know to be shy and introverted, he's loves interacting with his fans. Sometimes it can be the other way around, and they can almost creep him out. He said that he has had some bizarre fan encounters where they would show off their tattoos in questionable places — including their faces.
On the set of Beetlejuice, Burton told production designer, Bo Welch, he should ask actress Catherine O'Hara out. Walsh didn't think that it was possible for someone like him to just flat out ask an actor out, but he did anyway. It worked — Welch and O'Hara got married and are still together.
With the success of The Pee Wee Herman Show, it made perfect sense to make a movie from it. Paul Reubens was really protective of his work but people mentioned Burton and his Frankenweenie short. After watching it and seeing the art direction, he chose him as the director immediately.
In another Frankenweenie-related factoid, another person was looking at him after seeing it Steven Speilberg. It would be to direct the movie about the little mogwais you shouldn't feed after midnight. Because Burton had not directed a feature film yet at that time the studio turned him down, however.