When it comes to unconventional American filmmakers, Tim Burton is surely on top of the list. His quirky and original style gave birth to 80s classics such as Beetlejuice and Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, as well as more mainstream, big-budget Hollywood films like Batman and its sequel Batman Returns, Edward Scissorhands, and the stop-motion animated film, The Nightmare Before Christmas. \r\n\r\nAway from the camera, Burton is as interesting as the movies he makes. Here are 10 interesting facts about the life and movies of one of Hollywood's most eclectic directors.\r\n\r\n\r\nTim Burton Used To Work For Disney\r\nTim Burton's early life in the industry actually had him working as an animator for Disney. He was the concept artist and storyboard artist on The Fox and the Hound. He also worked on dark fantasy film, The Black Cauldron, before Disney removed him from the job for being too creepy, yet it\u2019s a quality that hugely contributed to his immense success later on as a director.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\nTim Burton Considers Penguins As The Biggest Divas On The Set Of Batman Returns\r\nBefore Christopher Nolan directed the more recent Batman films, many consider Tim Burton's Batman movies to be the best among the lot. The first Batman and its sequel Batman Returns are classic Tim Burton in terms of style and feel. Working on the set of these films had been one of the most difficult and fun experiences for the director. He wrote on his book, Burton on Burton, that the biggest divas on the sequel's set were actually the live penguins he used during the making of the film. Apparently, the penguins had to be flown in from the English countryside. They were placed in the refrigerated hold of the airplane and while on the set, they were even provided their own refrigerated trailer. \r\n\r\nThese lucky penguins were also given their own swimming pool, which was maintained with half a ton of ice per day. They dined on no less than fresh fish delivered straight from the docks, every single day. Everyone, even the actors, had to make some adjustments and sacrifices for the sake of the penguins, as the entire set was frozen down to 35 degrees.\r\nTim Burton\u2019s Movies Are Connected\r\nIn Batman, Joker, the film\u2019s main antagonist, sells Smilex toothpaste. Burton used the same toothpaste for his following movie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The character Charlie had a father who works at a factory that manufactures, you guessed it right, Smilex toothpaste. So, there is actually a ring of truth to the Tim Burton Universe Theory, where it says that Burton\u2019s original movies are all connected. \r\n\r\n\r\nTim Burton Is Probably The Greatest Influence In Johnny Depp's Career \r\nIt seems that every great filmmaker has a muse and for Burton, it has to be Johnny Depp. Tim Burton and Johnny Depp had a long and interesting history together. The director admired Depp for his performance on 21 Jump Street and thus, the actor ended up playing the titular role, Edward Scissorhands, which is also one of Burton\u2019s classic films. Depp would eventually star on seven more Burton movies.\r\nTim Burton's Friendship With Johnny Depp Goes Beyond The Set\r\nTim Burton and Helena Bonham-Carter had two children together and Johnny Depp became the godfather of both kids. In an interview, Burton was all praise for the actor, "What more can I say about him? He is a brother, a friend, my son's godfather. He is a unique and brave soul, someone that I would go to the ends of the Earth for and I know, full and well, he would do the same for me."\r\n\r\n\r\nTim Burton Threw A Halloween Party At The White House\r\nWhat could be better than having Tim Burton throwing a Halloween party? Tim actually did so for no less than President Obama at the White House in 2009. He recreated the tea party scene from one of his visually stunning films, Alice in Wonderland. The best part? Tim had managed to convince Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska to show up in the party as their respective characters , the Mad Hatter and Alice herself! Talk about the best Halloween Party ever!\r\nTim Burton Had Cameos In Some Of His Films. \r\nHe did ones for Beetlejuice, Sleepy Hollow, The Princess and the Frog, Alice in Wonderland, Coraline, and James in the Giant Peach. Among his numerous characters, his most favorite is Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas.\r\n\r\n\r\nTim Burton And Helena-Bonham Carter Are Hollywood's Most Beloved Eccentric Couple\r\nOn the set of Planet of the Apes, Tim Burton met Helena-Bonham Carter, who later on became his real-life muse. This partnership spawned wonderful collaborations as Helena starred in multiple Tim Burton movies. She was also part of Big Fish, the movie that earned Burton four Golden Globe nominations and an Oscar nomination.\r\n\r\nThe couple lived in two different houses that were connected by a grand hallway. It is indeed a weird arrangement, but we expect nothing less from this eccentric couple.\r\n\r\n \r\nThe Corpse Bride Was Specifically Created For His Wife\r\nLater on, Burton created the stop-motion animated film The Corpse Bride specifically for his lady love. Helena also took on another role in a Burton movie, the reboot of Alice in Wonderland, which is considered to be their most successful collaboration.\r\n\r\n \r\nHis Marriage With Helena Bonham-Carter Lasted For 13 years, Which In Hollywood Standards Is Practically Forever\r\nSadly, the pair parted ways eventually. In an interview with Vanity Fair, Helena Bonham-Carter revealed that she and Tim did find each other. But it doesn\u2019t mean that they\u2019re meant to be forever together. She explained, "Sometimes you have to come to terms with the fact that that was it. But that was a gift, a massive gift. We gave each other children and a lot more else."\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nTim Burton not only gifted the world with his distinct filming style; he also introduced moviegoers to two of the most effective director-actor collaborations in the film industry. A new collaboration with Helena might be a stretch because of their split, but at least we can still hope for more Tim Burton-Johnny Depp movies, right?