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Theirs is a dark chemistry

January 02, 2008|Gina McIntyre

"Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" marks the sixth cinematic collaboration between director Tim Burton and his alter ego and go-to leading man, Johnny Depp. Here's a look at their other collaborations:

"Edward Scissorhands" (1990): Although Depp had fallen in love with the story of Edward -- a laconic, wild-haired creation who finds himself alienated from his new life in a hyper-stylized suburbia -- he was concerned he'd never land the part, so he only reluctantly even met with Burton. He needn't have worried. The pair hit it off immediately, marking the start of an ongoing partnership (and friendship).

"Ed Wood" (1994): Years before the always-flamboyant Capt. Jack Sparrow expressed a fondness for mascara and eyeliner, Depp was sporting angora sweaters and ladies undergarments for this black-and-white biopic of the man recognized as cinema's most famously inept cross-dressing director. It's Oscar winner Martin Landau, though, who steals the show as Wood's friend Bela Lugosi, who struggles not only with addiction and the cruelty of fleeting stardom but also with an uncooperative mechanical octopus. "Sleepy Hollow" (1999): An homage to the legion of horror films produced by England's Hammer Studios in the 1960s and '70s, Depp channels his best Peter Cushing for this Burton-esque take on the story of a detective with unusual methods who begins to investigate a mysterious horseman with a penchant for decapitating victims in a small New England town.

"Charlie and the Chocolate

Factory" (2005): Melting puppets? Authoritarian dentists? Hunter S. Thompson references? Yep, it's a family film, Burton-style. Depp's DayGlo choppers and pageboy haircut certainly underscore the oddity of his candy man Willy Wonka, but mad mod-pop aesthetic aside, the idea was to hew closely to author Roald Dahl's classic book. "Corpse Bride" (2005): Twelve years after he created the licensing bonanza starring a skeleton in a bow tie -- otherwise known as "The Nightmare Before Christmas" -- Burton revisited stop-motion animation with this take on a Russian folk story about a groom-to-be (voiced by Depp) who accidentally weds a spirit from the underworld.

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