Winona Ryder dropped out of The Godfather: Part III (1990) to appear in this film. Reportedly, it was Johnny Depp who actually convinced her to do so.
The idea for the movie was inspired by a drawing Tim Burton had done when he was a teenager.
The entire story is meant to be seen through Edward's eyes, which is why the neighborhood looks so "fantastical."
Although Tim Burton said this isn't his greatest film, he said it is his favorite of all his films, and the score is Danny Elfman's favorite of all his soundtrack compositions.
Vincent Price's role was intended to be larger, but the veteran actor was very ill with emphysema and Parkinson's disease, so his scenes were cut to a minimum.
The little blonde boy on the Slip 'N Slide, at the beginning of the film, is Nick Carter of The Backstreet Boys. Though uncredited in the film, Carter himself has confirmed this in several interviews.
Tim Burton has never intended to make a sequel as he said it would rob the film of its "Purity".
The houses used in the film were a real community in Florida, completely unchanged, except for their garish exterior paint.
O-Lan Jones arranged and actually played the organ music her character Esmeralda performs on-screen.
The restaurant, at which the family eats, was, at one time, a real restaurant; a national chain diner called "Sambo's". It was located directly across the street from Southgate Shopping Center, as it appears in the movie. Due to the controversial nature of the name and interior design, the diner (and entire chain) closed sometime in the late 70s or early 80s, except for the original location in Santa Barbara, California, which, to this day, remains open in its original location. It remained an abandoned building for many years, until Tim Burton came to town to film this movie. Burton's crew unboarded the doors and windows and redressed the interior to look like a working restaurant again.
The first draft of the film was written as a musical, a concept Tim Burton would revisit for The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) and The Corpse Bride (2005).
The waterbed scene was one of the only scenes that wasn't originally in the script.
Some of the topiary that Edward makes in the movie, can be seen permanently at the New York City restaurant Tavern On the Green.
The character Peg is based on Caroline Thompson's mom, who used to bring home strangers. The neighbors are based on people she grew up with as a kid.
The character Edward is based on a drawing Tim Burton did in high school. The name Edward Scissorhands was taken directly from that drawing.
Tim Burton had asked Robert Smith of The Cure to do the soundtrack, and had even sent the script. Robert was busy recording "Disintegration" at the time, and didn't know who Burton was, so passed up the opportunity, handing Danny Elfman the job.
Johnny Depp was determined to nail the character, and refused any cooling agent, even in his all-leather costume.
When Edward goes to have his hands sharpened, the storefront was that of an actual hardware store called Crowder Brothers in the Southgate Shopping Center. At the time of the filming, they did offer a sharpening service, and they did have a giant motorized Wenger in the window.
The crew took façades of the houses and reduced the size of the windows, to make them slightly more paranoid-looking.
The entire movie is based on a seventy-page treatment that Caroline Thompson wrote in just three weeks.
This film marks the first time that Tim Burton and Johnny Depp worked together. They ended up becoming good friends since this film.
The Southgate Shopping Center is located in Lakeland, Florida, while the neighborhood was filmed at the Carpenter's Run subdivision in Lutz, Florida.
Tom Cruise, Jim Carrey, and Robert Downey, Jr. were all considered for the role of Edward Scissorhands.
Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder dated throughout filming of this movie, and became engaged during the same year (1990).
Contrary to popular belief, Winona Ryder was actually cast in the film before Johnny Depp got the part of the title character.
When Caroline Thompson first heard about Edward, a character with scissors for hands, she thought it was "the silliest thing she'd ever heard."
Edward's amazing topiaries aren't real. They're all welded steel armature, wrapped with chicken wire, and artificial greens were punched in.
The film cast includes two Oscar winners: Dianne Wiest and Alan Arkin; and two Oscar nominees: Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder.
When Peg looks in her rear view mirror at Edward's castle for the first time, the castle she sees is a small study model from the art department, held up on a C-stand.
One of two films released in 1990 in which Johnny Depp plays the title role, for the first time. The other is Cry-Baby (1990).
The old man at the barbecue, is the doctor who delivers the Penguin in Batman Returns (1992).
Crispin Glover auditioned for the role of Jim. He later played an antagonist to Johnny Depp in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland (2010).
Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
The faded-pastel palette they came up with was intended to look a bit like a "faded circus."
Johnny Depp's first movie role was in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), in which the killer Freddy Krueger wore gloves fitted with blades.
During the scene where Edward is cutting the neighborhood ladies hair, the song playing is from Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Johnny Depp would later go on to play Sweeney Todd in another collaboration with Tim Burton.
Winona Ryder starred in three films in 1990. "Edward Scissorhands" and "Mermaids", which were released on the same day, December 14, 1990. Ryder was also the star of "Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael" which was released two months earlier.
Joyce's husband plays one of the security guards scared by Michelle Pfeiffer in Batman Returns (1992).
In the scene, where The Inventor is reading to Edward an excerpt from the poetry book, the page he reads off of clearly had no text written or printed on it.
Tim Burton and Johnny Depp would make another movie about a character with blades on/in hands titled Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007).
In the scene where Peg Boggs comes into the Mansion for the first time, she backs up to the staircase and she looks around for a few moments. If you look carefully at the wall at the top of the stairs in the right top corner you'll see an odd spiky shaped shadow. Listen carefully and you'll hear snipping of scissors and the shadow will move. It is Edward looking down to see who the stranger to his house is.
The scene where Peg Boggs comes into the mansion she backs up to the base of the staircase, right behind her you'll see a statue which looks like the Oogie Boogie man in The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) which Tim Burton came up with the story and produced also.
When Peg is answering the phone call on her bed, she has Avon products on her bedside table, implying that she uses them herself, as well as selling them.