Tim Burton and Johnny Depp are two names that often go hand in hand, as expected when one has starred in countless popular films that the other has created. However, it’s not as often that a famous filmmaker wants to work with the same actor repetitively. Still, as Johnny Depp has once been one of the most prominent method actors ever, it’s hard not to imagine Johnny Depp in some of his most impressive roles. Below, we’ve detailed every Tim Burton movie with Johnny Depp as one of its actors, and the amount may surprise you.
Tim Burton movies have always been dark in their way, coming off as wholly original every time but always holding that Tim Burton trademark touch. The filmmaker has been creating such legendary films since the 1980s, up until today, with an upcoming “Addams Family” rendition called “Wednesday” that will be the gothic director’s first television creation. However, while Tim Burton has always had eerily dark, gothic, and borderline horror elements throughout his work, it wasn’t until the 1990s that Tim Burton and Johnny Depp had their first films together.
As stated above, Johnny Depp has been one of the most prominent voice actors ever, as noted by his accolades. Although the actor has stated that his career has been tarnished by his ongoing legal battle with his ex-wife Amber Heard, he will likely remain the most likely candidate for roles in the foreseeable future, even if he won’t be given them. Johnny Depp has been in countless movies and other works since the 1980s. Still, it wasn’t until working with Tim Burton in the 90s that the actor finally started playing extremely eccentric roles that genuinely helped him stand out as a method actor that could portray the strangest of characters.
Like many of the works from Tim Burton that featured Johnny Depp, “Dark Shadows” was originally a soap opera on ABC from 1965 to 1971 but has lived on through various other media pieces. As the original was a combination of the horror, soap opera, and gothic genres, it’s clear why Tim Burton chose to reboot the original work as a movie. Unfortunately, while many thought that Johnny Depp did yet another incredible performance of a dark and misunderstood character, the movie didn’t go over as well as anticipated. It ultimately ended the relationship between Burton and Depp.
Like “Dark Shadows” and other works listed below from Burton and Depp, “Sleepy Hollow” was an adaptation with a dark, gothic Burton twist that differed from the original, although it shared the same genres. The film didn’t derive much from the original story of a detective trying to solve a series of headless murders. Still, instead of the character Depp portrayed being the dark and gothic type, he was dealing with the supernatural around him.
“Ed Wood” was a biographical comedy-drama directed by Burton that starred Johnny Depp as Ed Wood, the extraordinary and exciting writer and director that passed away in 1978. Like the director himself, “Ed Wood” gathered more of a cult following years after its release compared to its popularity when it was first released.
“Alice in Wonderland”
“Alice in Wonderland” may have been more cheerful and brighter than most pieces of work from Tim Burton, especially with Johnny Depp, and based on a piece of work that has been told a million different ways, but that still didn’t change it from being a textbook Tim Burton movie. While Alice was the film’s real star, Johnny Depp played the unforgettable character of the Mad Hatter, a role he also played in the sequel, produced by Tim Burton instead of directed.
“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”
“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” was again based on previous work, the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory novel by Roald Dahl, but this time was the first for Burton with a musical. Also, another dark but bright and sometimes cheerful adaptation from Tim Burton that starred Johnny Depp, the movie featured a group and kids and their chosen family member accompanying them on a wild tour through a famous chocolate factory.
“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” based on the 1979 musical of the same name, was unique as Burton’s Sweeney Todd adaptation saw Johnny Depp’s signing, which he took lessons for, and was tagged within the slasher genre interestingly.
“Corpse Bride” was the only stop-motion movie that Tim Burton made that included Johnny Depp, but it wasn’t as successful as other stop-motion projects Tim Burton was involved with, “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and “James and the Giant Peach.” While Tim Burton directed “Corpse Bride,” he created but also produced versus directing “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and produced “James and the Giant Peach.” Still, all titles were heavily inspired by Tim Burton’s usual inspirations.
Finally, on our list of Tim Burton movies with Johnny Depp, in 1990, Tim Burton released “Edward Scissorhands,” which was a fantasy romance film. While “Edward Scissorhands” wasn’t based on previous work, the fantasy romance setting for Tim Burton was new. However, it was still an excellent platform for the director to showcase his abilities with unique gothic horror properties. It was also his first collaboration with Johnny Depp, and the film has been cited as inspiring a gothic movement.