He made Batman come out of the shadows, Ed Wood get in touch with his feminine side and Mark Wahlberg kiss a monkeyed-up Helena Bonham Carter in that "Planet of the Apes" remake. But what are the best Tim Burton films to see with the whole fam?
Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985) The stolen bike. The Alamo. The basement. Burton's debut had him teaming with another mad, creative genius, Paul Reubens, and coming up with a kitschy, persistently fun, cinematic journey.
Beetlejuice (1988) Originally dissed by critics as a "Ghostbusters" rip-off, audiences of all ages flocked nonetheless to see Michael Keaton as a mischievous apparition who wreaks havoc on folks, dead or alive, whenever they say his name three times.
Edward Scissorhands (1990) Whaddya do after bringing the Caped Crusader to the big screen and making a monster hit? Burton made a haunting, fractured fairy tale about an "artificial man" (Johnny Depp) with scissors for hands and the suburbia that embraced, and later demonized, him.
Big Fish (2003) Burton took local literary celeb Daniel Wallace's acclaimed novel, where a young man (Billy Crudup) comes to terms with his dying dad (Albert Finney) and his collection of supposedly true stories and splashed it with endlessly glowing imagination.
Craig D. Lindsey