One of my favorite directors and a true American original, Tim Burton's unique visions have been weird, wonderful, at times highly commercial and always interesting. It's well worth your time to check out Tim's bio on IMDB as well as googling his name for lots of great sites and information on his early days as a budding filmmaker, his filmography and his quirky sensibilities which are distinctive and oh so visual. Great with actors too, even though he's not necessarily known as an actor's director, they all seem to love him. Look how often people come back to work with him more than once. Born (August 25th, 1958) and raised in Burbank, California, his first success in life came in his teens when he designed an award-winning anti-litter poster that was placed on every garbage truck and bulletin board in Burbank. He made short films as a teen, studied animation at Cal Tech, ended up at Disney as an animator where he did not quite fit in but nevertheless found support for his short films VINCENT and FRANKENWEENIE. Both are worth checking out as evidence of his future direction. FRANKENWEENIE is about a young boy who's dog is killed in a car accident, and the boy then resurrects him in the great tradition of Frankenstein films, complete with lightning and effects, all done in glorious black and white. A screening of FRANKENWEENIE, led to Paul "Pee Wee Hermann" Reubens hiring him to make his feature film debut, PEE WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE. And the rest is history, he had incredible luck early on directing FOUR hit films in a row, PEE WEE, BEETLEJUICE, BATMAN and EDWARD SCISSORHANDS. All but one of his films has featured a score by Danny Elfman. What were your impressions of his debut film, PEE WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE?