Tim Burton can`t understand why people label his movies "dark"
The `Frankenweenie` director - who is well known for his quirky, horror comedy films such as `Dark Shadows`, while he has previously helmed gothic horrors such as 1999`s `Sleepy Hollow` - insists he is not "obsessed" with the genre and sees his projects in a different light to others.
He told BANG Showbiz: "I don`t find `Frankenweenie` dark. It`s so funny, from the beginning all my films have been labelled dark but I haven`t ever seen them in that way. I see things differently. I`m not obsessed with horror."
Tim - who has been in a relationship with Helena Bonham Carter, who has starred in several of his motion pictures, since 2001 - always dreamed of being a "mad scientist" when he was a youngster and believes the art of creation that comes with such a job is partly why he ended up becoming a filmmaker.
Speaking at a `Frankenweenie` press conference in London on 10.10.12 as part of the opening of the 56th BFI London Film Festival, he added: "When I was a kid I always wanted to be a mad scientist. A regular scientist was no fun.
"It`s not so much about me wanting to bring things back to life. I find that quite creepy actually. It`s more about creation, doing things and making things. That`s what filmmaking is and that`s what stop-motion is. That`s why this is so special."
`Frankenweenie` tells the story of a young boy called Victor who, after unexpectedly losing his dog Sparky, sets about trying to bring his pooch back to life with a scientific experiment that leads to monstrous consequences.
It is released in the UK on October 17.