Book explores Burton’s animated works

Staff Report

Movie and entertainment journalist Tim Lammers released a collection of behind-the-scenes stories from the world of one of film’s most acclaimed directors in “Direct Conversations: The Animated Films of Tim Burton.” The book is based on interviews Lammers did with Burton and several of the director’s collaborators about the stop-motion animated films “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” “Corpse Bride” and “Frankenweenie.”

A film journalist since 1991, Lammers has interviewed more than 1,000 major actors and numerous film directors.

The project culminates more than eight years of interviews Lammers has done with Burton, as well as key players connected with his films including Danny Elfman, Helena Bonham Carter, Martin Landau, Chris Sarandon, Allison Abatte, the late Ray Harryhausen, the late Richard Zanuck, and more. The ebook also features interviews with Elijah Wood and Timur Bekmambetov, two major principals involved in the Burton-produced computer-animated fantasy, 9.

“I’ve been blessed to have so many opportunities to talk with some incredibly talented people over the years, but at the same time I lament the fact that the stories didn’t have much of a life because of the fast-moving world of online journalism,” Lammers said. “Writing an ebook on Tim’s animated films not only gives me an opportunity to revisit the material and do an all-new, all-encompassing story, it finally allows me to bring attention to his unique body of stop-motion animated work through a lasting medium.”

The release comes as Burton’s 1993 stop-motion classic “The Nightmare Before Christmas” celebrates its 20th anniversary.

The book is self-published by Lammers through and available at all major online retailers, including,, iTunes, Kobo Books and Sony’s eReader Store. The ebook is also available at and Lammers can also be found online at and .