When Tim Burton was a teenager in the 1980s, he was raised by his parents to believe in an imaginary world populated by wizards, witches, and fairies.
He has since become a staunch advocate for animals rights and has been a vocal advocate for the plight of animals throughout his career.
In 2013, Burton’s son Charlie said that he believes in “a whole lot of weird stuff.”
Burton is a prolific writer, director, and producer, and has directed a wide range of films, including The Nightmare Before Christmas, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2, The Nightmare before Christmas 2: The Cardboard Castle, and Halloween.
But while Burton’s work has often been controversial, he has also been a major voice for the animal rights movement, which includes his involvement in the creation of the Animal Welfare Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to the protection of animals in Hollywood.
Burton’s wife, the actress Mary Alice Parker, has been an outspoken animal rights advocate.
“Tim is one of the most thoughtful and compassionate people I know,” she said in a statement.
“As a child of the ’80s, I had my fair share of nightmares, and he is a survivor of that too.”
The couple has been on record as supporting the release of the critically acclaimed film The Nightmare on White Street 2.