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'Frankenweenie': The strange story of Tim Burton's (seemingly) normal hometown

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Now that he’s got a lot of physical and chronological distance on his old life, and he’s now a father himself with two young children with actress Helena Bonham Carter, Burton looks back on his Burbank childhood with more acceptance. Maybe even gratitude.

So would he change anything about how he grew up?

“No,” he answers immediately. “I felt quite miserable in a lot of ways and depressed. But no, I wouldn’t [change that], because it’s something that makes you who you are. I don’t think I would change anything, really, even though if you asked me back then I would have changed every single thing.”

When Burton visits Burbank now, it’s usually for work, where he might have meetings at Warner Bros. or Disney. Still, he sometimes finds himself detouring through his old neighborhood, driving down Evergreen Street and stopping in front of that house where a new family lives — just down the road from the old cemetery.

“It’s haunting,” he says. “It’s quite emotional.”

Not all of Burton’s ghosts are the scary kind.

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