One of his earliest live-action creations, Frankenweenie (1984), caught the eye of comic and children's TV show host Paul Reubens (aka Pee-Wee Herman), who hired him to direct Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (1985). A string of high-profile features followed, including Beetle Juice (1988), Batman (1989), Edward Scissorhands (1990) and the sequel Batman Returns (1992), after which Burton veered from mainstream fare with The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) and Ed Wood (1994).
Other career highlights include Big Fish (2003), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) and the Oscar-nominated Corpse Bride (2005).
After Jacob Portman unearths a cache of his grandfather's old photos, curiosity about them leads the teen to a dilapidated former orphanage, where he discovers a group of children who are not only peculiar but also possess extraordinary powers.
- Big Fish
- Alice in Wonderland
- Edward Scissorhands
- Big Eyes
- Batman Returns
- Dark Shadows
- Planet of the Apes
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
- Ed Wood
- Corpse Bride
- Pee-Wee's Big Adventure
- Sleepy Hollow
- Sweeney Todd
- Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre
- Classic Festival of Animation
- Directors: Life Behind the Camera
- Waking Sleeping Beauty