Tim Burton’s Vincent (1982)

When I bought the Nightmare Before Christmas on Laserdisc, I made sure to throw down the cash for the Deluxe Edition, which included a treasure trove of behind the scenes goodies. One of those goodies was Burton’s 1982 love letter to the legendary Vincent Price entitled Vincent which Burton originally intended to be a children’s short story book.

Burton came up with Vincent while working as an animator at the Walt Disney Studios, his style didn’t exactly mesh with that of the studio but Disney Executive Julie Hickson and the head of Creative Development, Tom Wilhite, secured $60,000 for Tim Burton to produce an adaptation of his poem. With the aid of Rick Heinrichs, stop motion animator Stephen Chiodo and cameraman Victor Abdalov, Burton was able to complete the project in Two Months and get his idol to narrate the short!

A big thanks to petrover over on YouTube for uploading this fantastic short.


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Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

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