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All The Tim Burton Movies Exist In The Same Universe, According To A Believable Theory

Updated December 15, 2020 22.2k views11 items
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Tim Burton is without a doubt one of the most celebrated and eccentric directors in Hollywood. He is known for his brilliant storytelling and unique visual style as well as for his bizarrely charming characters. While Burton is fascinating in his own right, his movies are even more fun and enriching to delve into, as he regularly shows careful attention to intricate visual and narrative details.

Perhaps because of Burton's meticulous artistry, fans have put together a shared universe theory that connects all his original works, and it actually seems pretty plausible. While films that are part of other franchises - such as Batman - are not included, the theory does consider works Burton didn’t direct but had a large role in creating, such as The Nightmare Before Christmas. If it turns out to be true, it finally explains why all Burton's projects look so similar. 

  • Scraps Dies And Moves To The Spirit World

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    Whether Scraps is actually Sparky (who's actually Abercrombie) or a totally new beast, the mutt eventually passes away and makes his journey to the spirit world. Rather than moving to a proper afterlife, he's taken to Halloween Town from The Nightmare Before Christmas.

    In Halloween Town, Victor's former dog is known as Zero and wanders around as Jack Skellington's sidekick. There are a couple pieces of lore that support this hypothesis; in Frankenweenie, Zero's grave can be seen in the pet cemetery, and Zero’s glowing nose is perhaps a side-effect of the lightning experiments that brought Sparky back to life.

  • Victor Is Jack Skellington

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    Victor doesn’t just cross between Corpse Bride and Frankenweenie, he can also be found in The Nightmare Before Christmas. According to the theory, Jack Skellington is actually Victor. When the mortal character eventually dies, he cannot pass peacefully into the spirit world because of his various experiments and resurrections.

    Instead, Victor is forced to go to Halloween Town, where he takes on the persona of Jack as a way of fitting in and becoming part of his new home's culture. 

  • Vincent Digs Up A Woman Who Turns Out To Be Sally

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    As the hero of Vincent descends into madness, he takes a momentary break from his experiments to dig up the body of a woman. He's assumes the woman was his wife and does his best to bring her back to life, creating Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas in the process. 

    No longer allowed to rest in peace, Sally makes her way to the spirit world of Halloween Town where she resides at the start of the film. 

  • ‘Frankweenie’ And ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ Feature The Same Lab Assistant

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    In Frankenweenie Victor has a lab assistant named  Edgar "E" Gore. This child partners with Victor at the science fair and helps him with his experiments. In The Nightmare Before Christmas, Igor works for Dr. Finkelstein, and he bears a remarkable resemblance to Victor's young aide. 

    Considering how everything down to the placement of the three teeth they each possess matches up, these two characters are likely the same individual. Perhaps when Edgar passed he was taken to Halloween Town where he continued on with the only thing he did while alive.