The Ultimate Tim Burton Quiz
By: Nathan Chandler
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About This Quiz
Tim Burton is the king of off-kilter Hollywood hits. How much do you know about this darkly-twisted director? Take this quiz to test your knowledge of the filmmaker.
Who directed "The Nightmare Before Christmas"?
Burton gets credit for creating the story and serving as producer, but Selick directed the movie.
What year was Tim Burton born?
Timothy Walter Burton was born in 1958.
What did Burton study while attending the California Institute of the Arts?
Those early lessons in stop-motion animation carried him a very long way.
Which superhero film did Burton direct?
His version of "Batman" was dark and sometimes disturbing.
What was the name of the first full-length stop-motion animation film Burton directed?
"Corpse Bride" had all of the funky strangeness that's apparent in most Burton films.
"The Nightmare Before Christmas"
Where was Tim Burton born?
He was born in Burbank, California.
What was the name of an animated short that help Burton land a job at Walt Disney Studios?
"The Hands of My Mother's Skeleton"
"Splat of the Tomato Hurler"
"Stalk of the Celery Monster"
Burton made "Stalk of the Celery Monster" while in college. Disney promptly put him to work doing unimaginative projects.
Who did Burton originally want to play the role of Beetlejuice?
He wanted Sammy Davis Jr. to play Beetlejuice. As it turned out, Michael Keaton did a fantastic job in the evil role.
Why did Warner Bros. hire a different director to handle "Batman Forever"?
Burton was too expensive.
They thought "Batman Returns" was too scary for younger audiences.
In spite of Burton's huge "Batman" hits, the studio didn't trust him with a third film.
They were tired of making so much money on Burton's "Batman" films.
What inspired Burton to write "The Nightmare Before Christmas"?
his recurring nightmares about the holiday season
oddly disjointed holiday displays in local stores
The stable sunny weather meant lots of holiday crossover at local retail shops.
Where did Burton meet his longtime fiancee, Lisa Marie?
They met a Starbucks. She went on to have numerous roles in his films until they parted ways.
During filming for which movie did Burton develop a relationship with Helena Bonham Carter?
Tim Burton directed the 2001 film "Planet of the Apes." He and Helena Bonham Carter have two children together.
What actress auditioned and was rejected for a role in "Edward Scissorhands"?
Drew Barrymore auditioned, but Winona Ryder had the upper hand because she'd already worked with Burton.
Why did Burton quit his job as an animator at Walt Disney Studios?
He was bored out of his mind.
He was bored, so he left and began capitalizing on his quirkiness.
He had no health benefits.
What was the budget for "Batman," Burton's first big-budget film?
It was a resounding success, making more than $400 million at the box office despite its $48 million budget.
In which iconic '90s film did Burton make a cameo appearance?
"What's Eating Gilbert Grape"
"Singles" was shot during the grunge music craze.
How much shooting time did it take to create one minute of "The Nightmare Before Christmas"?
It took one week of shooting to make one minute of the film. The process was painstaking, to say the least.
In 1984, Burton was commissioned to direct which offbeat movie?
"Pee-wee's Big Adventure"
Paul Reubens wanted Burton to direct "Pee-wee's Big Adventure."
"Big Trouble in Little China"
What was the budget of "Beetlejuice," which was Burton's first movie after "Pee-wee's Big Adventure"?
He is known for creating amazing effects on smaller budgets, like the $15 million budget for "Beetlejuice."
Which character is Burton likely responsible for removing from "Batman"?
Kiefer Sutherland initially accepted the role of Robin, but eventually the part was axed.
For which film did Burton receive a best director award from the National Board of Review?
"Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street"
In spite of its bloody premise, "Sweeney Todd" was celebrated by critics.
Which notable actor made his final appearance in Burton's "Edward Scissorhands"?
Price was one of Burton's childhood idols.
Which Burton movie features a young Miley Cyrus in her first film?
"Big Fish" also features Danny DeVito and Jessica Lange.
How much did "Batman" rake in after only 10 days at the box office?
At that point it was the fastest a movie had ever hit the $100 million mark.
How many Burton films has Danny Elfman provided music for?
Elfman has provided the music for 16 of Burton's films. The two have a bond that goes back more than three decades.
Which Burton movie flopped at the box office in spite of its top-tier cast, which included Jack Nicholson and Glenn Close?
The dark comedy "Mars Attacks!" got poor reviews from critics and audiences alike.
Which short film did Burton remake into a full-length film more than 20 years later?
"Frankenweenie" is based on the relationship Burton had with his childhood dog.
How many films have Burton and Johnny Depp collaborated on?
Depp and Burton have been good friends for many years and collaborated on eight films.
For which band did Burton direct a funky music video?
He directed a second music video for The Killers as well.
Which actress stars in one of the music videos that Burton created for The Killers?
Ryder stars in the video for the song "Here With Me."
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