Tim Burton is one of Hollywood’s most iconic movie producers. He was born in 1958 in Burbank, California and according to him spent most of his childhood alone drawing cartoons. Luckily for all of us, this childhood paved the way for one of the best character creators of all time.
Burton is renowned for his odd creations which have a heavy gothic feel to them. Often his movies are played during the Halloween season and we even have a Tim Burton Costumes post dedicated to those looking to replicate his most popular characters. Most of us have seen his most famous movies including Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice, and Batman Forever but maybe his best work comes in the form of animated movies. His work in this genre usually surrounds a misunderstood outcast in a dark gothic atmosphere. Below we have rounded up Tim Burton’s most famous animated characters.
The “Pumpkin King”, Jack Skellington is perhaps Tim Burton’s most famous animated character. He is the star of the 1993 cult classic The Nightmare Before Christmas. Jack is a very tall, slender character who is almost always attired in a black pin-striped suit.
The Nightmare Before Christmas was actually a poem written by Tim Burton in 1982 before it became a hit Disney animated movie.
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Sally is another creation from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. She is a tattered rag doll held together by stitches and stuffed with fall leaves. She is infatuated with Jack Skellington but is too shy to express her feelings.
Sally was voiced by famous comedic actress Catherine O’Hara of Home Alone and Schitt’s Creek fame.
James is the star of another Disney movie by Tim Burton called James and the Giant Peach. It was based on the book by Robert Dahl and released in 1996.
James is an orphan who discovers a giant peach growing in a garden. He has shaggy, red hair and resides on an English seaside.
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Victor Van Dort
Victor Van Dort is another memorable character from Tim Burton. He is the co-star of the 2005 animated movie Corpse Bride.
Victor is another tall, slender character much like Jack Skellington, but unlike Jack, he is very shy and timid. His life is turned upside down when he accidentally proposes to our next character on the list, The Corpse Bride.
Corpse Bride is perhaps Tim Burton’s most famous woman-animated character but Sally from Nightmare before Christmas is right up there as well.
She is one of his best-looking creations in my opinion with blueish skin and dark blue hair. She has large eyes and is outfitted in a torn, dirty wedding dress. Her real name when she was living was Emily.
9 is not one of Mr. Burton’s most well-known movies but it does give some more odd, inspirational characters.
The main star is 9 himself, a hand-stitched doll with the number nine on his back. 9 was voiced by Elijah Wood from Lord of the Rings fame.
Sparky is the deceased pet dog from the movie Frankenweenie which was released in 2012. Sparky is Victor Frankenstein’s beloved dog who gets hit by a car and passes away.
Sparky is a tiny bull terrier with very pointy ears. When he is brought back to life by Victor he has a bolt in his neck much like the famous character Frankenstein.
Oogie Boogie Man
A fan favorite from the movie Nightmare Before Christmas. He is essentially the boogie man and is an enemy of Jack Skellington.
He is a giant green burlap sack filled with bugs. He also has a snake for a tongue which he uses to intimidate foes.
Victor is the main star of Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie released in 2012. He attempts to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life in the movie.
Like the majority of Burton’s male animated stars, he is a tall, skinny boy with dark black hair and big eyes.