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Here’s Every Johnny Depp & Tim Burton Movie Collaboration, Ranked



Tim Burton and Johnny Depp on the set of Alice in Wonderland

When you find something, or rather someone, that works for you, you just don’t let it go. And in filmmaking, when an actor and director collaborate frequently and form a great relationship on- and off-screen, incredible things happen. Such familiarity is highly beneficial for actors and directors, because once they know and trust each other, they can empower one another to come up with increasingly better productions. Such is the case with the Burton-Depp duo.

Tim Burton‘s fantastic cinematic vision first found its perfect match in Johnny Depp in 1990. Capitalizing on the influence he had gained from the success of his film Batman, the director embarked on the production of Edward Scissorhands, casting the young actor over all the other proposals the production company presented to him. Burton wanted Depp because he felt he had the potential to portray dark but tender characters, and indeed he was right: the movie catapulted Depp to absolute success.

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From then on, and every few years, the duo has released mostly highly successful collaborations. Burton and Depp have worked together for 22 years, with Dark Shadows being their last collaboration to date, a film that did not do so well with critics. After that movie, the director said that his collaborative career with Depp was over, and seeing that it’s been a decade since Dark Shadows, that might be just be the case. Recently, fans wanted Depp as Gomez in Burton’s Addams Family remake, Wednesday, but Luis Guzman has been cast instead. No door is completely closed in cinema, but it seems like the Burton-Depp years are over. Let’s take a look at all the movie collaborations of both artists ranked.

In 1750, Joshua and Naomi Collins left England with their son Barnabas to start a new life in America and build a fishing empire in the coastal Maine town that now bears their name: Collinsport. Two decades later, Barnabas himself is a womanizer who breaks the heart of a witch named Angelique when he declares to her that he loves another woman. Angelique gets revenge by killing her, granting Barnabas eternal life as a vampire and burying him alive in a coffin. After two centuries of imprisonment, the vampire regains his freedom in the 1970s, a completely strange period that he does not understand at all. Everything he used to know is gone, although there are some members of his strange family with whom he will have to coexist.

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Dark Shadows is a movie infused with darkness and gothic horror, both elements that Tim Burton masters quite well. Its evident that Burton had great respect for the original Dark Shadows soap opera, and was the perfect director for the ’60s horror-themed comeback. The film has a great cast including Johnny Deep, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jonny Lee Miller, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Chloë Grace Moretz, Jackie Earle Haley, and Christopher Lee. However, Depp seems to be miscast as Barnabas here, and the rest of the killer cast and the director’s expertise were not enough to convince critics, and the film had fairly lackluster reviews.

There have been plenty of adaptations of Alice in Wonderland, but the tale practically seems custom-made for Tim Burton. That is why in 2010 he teamed up with Walt Disney Pictures to release a movie about Alice (a great Mia Wasikowska performance), a young woman about to receive a marriage proposal at a party that she is not very excited about. Suddenly, Alice spots a white rabbit and, while chasing him, ends up in Wonderland, a place she visited ten years earlier, but doesn’t remember.