Timothy Walter Burton (born August 25, 1958) is an American filmmaker, artist, writer, and stop-motion animator. He is known for his dark, gothic, and eccentric horror and fantasy films such as Beetlejuice (1988), Edward Scissorhands (1990), The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), Ed Wood (1994), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Corpse Bride (2005), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), Dark Shadows (2012), and Frankenweenie (2012). He is also known for blockbuster films, such as the adventure-comedy Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985), the superhero films Batman (1989) and its first sequel, Batman Returns (1992), the sci-fi film Planet of the Apes (2001), the fantasy-drama Big Fish (2003), the musical adventure film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), the fantasy film Alice in Wonderland (2010), and the film adaptation of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016).
History in the Macy's Parade
For the team Parade Studio team, the involvement of Tim Burton is its own form of wish fulfillment. His name had long been at the top of a most-wanted list for their Blue Sky Gallery series of balloons, which was introduced in 2005.
After visiting the retrospective of Mr. Burton’s work at the Museum of Modern Art – which featured an inflatable, light bulb-like character called Balloon Boy – the parade organizers stepped up their recruitment efforts. His character, “B.,” has a blue, round-shaped head, a face crisscrossed with Burton’s signature surgical stitches, a mouth full of fangs drawn into a smile, and wears a red-and-white-striped jumpsuit.
Much like all other Blue Sky Gallery entries made after 2006, this balloon would only make one appearance in the 2011 Parade, and was retired shortly after his maiden appearance. The balloon still survives as of 2016.