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The Ultimate Tim Burton Quiz
by Staff
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"?

  • Henry Selick
  • Woody Allen
  • Tim Burton

What year was Tim Burton born?

  • 1948
  • 1958
  • 1968

What did Burton study while attending the California Institute of the Arts?

  • stop-motion animation
  • photography
  • sculpture

Which superhero film did Burton direct?

  • "Superman"
  • "Batman"
  • "Spider-Man"

What was the name of the first full-length stop-motion animation film Burton directed?

  • "Corpse Bride"
  • "The Nightmare Before Christmas"
  • "Beetlejuice"

Where was Tim Burton born?

  • New York
  • California
  • Nebraska

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"

Who did Burton originally want to play the role of Beetlejuice?

  • Sammy Davis Jr.
  • Michael Richards
  • Johnny Depp

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.
  • 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
  • too many drugs

Where did Burton meet his longtime fiancee, Lisa Marie?

  • at Starbucks
  • at Wal-Mart
  • at an indie film house

During filming for which movie did Burton develop a relationship with Helena Bonham Carter?

  • "Sleepy Hollow"
  • "Planet of the Apes"
  • "Corpse Bride"

What actress auditioned and was rejected for a role in "Edward Scissorhands"?

  • Drew Barrymore
  • Cameron Diaz
  • Gillian Anderson

Why did Burton quit his job as an animator at Walt Disney Studios?

  • He was bored out of his mind.
  • The pay was abysmal.
  • He had no health benefits.

What was the budget for "Batman," Burton's first big-budget film?

  • $31 million
  • $48 million
  • $62 million

In which iconic '90s film did Burton make a cameo appearance?

  • "What's Eating Gilbert Grape"
  • "Singles"
  • "Kids"

How much shooting time did it take to create one minute of "The Nightmare Before Christmas"?

  • one day
  • one week
  • one month

In 1984, Burton was commissioned to direct which offbeat movie?

  • "Pee-wee's Big Adventure"
  • "Big Trouble in Little China"
  • "The Toxic Avenger"

What was the budget of "Beetlejuice," which was Burton's first movie after "Pee-wee's Big Adventure"?

  • $15 million
  • $50 million
  • $80 million

Which character is Burton likely responsible for removing from "Batman"?

  • Robin
  • Superman
  • Penguin

For which film did Burton receive a best director award from the National Board of Review?

  • "Alice in Wonderland"
  • "Frankenweenie"
  • "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street"

Which notable actor made his final appearance in Burton's "Edward Scissorhands"?

  • Vincent Price
  • Lon Chaney
  • Bela Lugosi

Which Burton movie features a young Miley Cyrus in her first film?

  • "Sleepy Hollow"
  • "Big Fish"
  • "Planet of the Apes"

How much did "Batman" rake in after only 10 days at the box office?

  • $500 million
  • $250 million
  • $100 million

How many Burton films has Danny Elfman provided music for?

  • 16
  • 10
  • eight

Which Burton movie flopped at the box office in spite of its top-tier cast, which included Jack Nicholson and Glenn Close?

  • "Mars Attacks!"
  • "Sleepy Hollow"
  • "Ed Wood"

Which short film did Burton remake into a full-length film more than 20 years later?

  • "Big Eyes"
  • "Frankenweenie"
  • "Dark Shadows"

How many films have Burton and Johnny Depp collaborated on?

  • eight
  • seven
  • six

For which band did Burton direct a funky music video?

  • Oasis
  • The Killers
  • Nine Inch Nails

Which actress stars in one of the music videos that Burton created for The Killers?

  • Winona Ryder
  • Helena Bonham Carter
  • Geena Davis