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Depp and Burton's movie magic

Johnny Depp's track record with director Tim Burton spans seven quirky but successful films.

Johnny Depp stars in the title role of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Courtesy DreamWorks
Johnny Depp stars in the title role of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Courtesy DreamWorks

The producer Scott Rudin once said: "Basically Johnny Depp is playing Tim Burton in all his movies."

EDWARD SCISSORHANDS (1990) Heading an ensemble cast that includes Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest, Anthony Michael Hall, Kathy Baker, Vincent Price and Alan Arkin, Depp brilliantly plays the title role of an artificial and unfinished man who has scissors for hands. He is taken in by a suburban family and falls in love with their teenage daughter.

ED WOOD (1995) Depp stars in this black-and-white biopic about the cult film director Wood. Martin Landau won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor as Béla Lugosi, and Sarah Jessica Parker, Patricia Arquette, Jeffrey Jones and Bill Murray are among the stellar supporting cast.

SLEEPY HOLLOW (1999) Starring as the wispy Ichabod Crane opposite Christina Ricci, Depp said he modelled his fragile and feminine character on Angela Lansbury, Roddy McDowall and Basil Rathbone.

CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (2005) Depp plays Willy Wonka in this hit and said he modelled the character's hair on Anna Wintour's. Gene Wilder, who portrayed Wonka in the 1971 film, did not like this version.

CORPSE BRIDE (2005) This musical stop-motion-animation fantasy film about lost love in a Victorian English village was created for Helena Bonham Carter, who voices the title role opposite Depp in an all-star cast. Both dark and romantic, like so many Burton tales, Bride pleased critics and moviegoers. "A sweet and visually lovely tale," wrote Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times.

SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET (2007) Depp pairs with Bonham Carter again in this adaptation of the 1979 Stephen Sondheim stage musical. He said he based his character - a barber who kills his customers with a razor and passes on the corpses to a shopkeeper who turns them into meat pies - on the macabre character actor Peter Lorre. He also did his own singing, and was nominated for an Oscar as Best Actor.

ALICE IN WONDERLAND (2010) In another computer-animated/live action fantasy adventure - and again in a cast that features Bonham Carter - Depp emotes like a mood ring as the Mad Hatter. The film was inspired by Lewis Carroll's 1865 fantasy novel, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and its 1871 sequel, Through the Looking-Glass (And What Alice Found There). Despite a short run and mixed reviews, the film grossed more than US$1 billion (Dh3.67 billion). It won Academy Awards for Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design.