Uploaded on Jan 8, 2012
Animoo: Tim Burton's Vincent - A look at Tim Burton's short, animated film "Vincent" (directed in 1982, as a stop-motion test, for Disney).
This video includes some background information about Tim Burton himself, his inspiration and heroes, and takes a look at the film (including short clips).
This five minute, stop-motion animation was played at festivals in London, Chicago and Seattle. It won two awards in Chicago. It also won the Critics' Prize at the Annecy Film Festival in France.
"Vincent" was featured on the Special Edition DVD of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, along with "Frankenweenie" (a short, live action film about a boy who brings his dead dog back to life Frankenstein-style).
The film was shot in black and white, in the style of German Expressionist movies of the 1920s, giving this a psychologically disturbing look and feel.
Tim Burton was delighted when his idol, Vincent Price, read through the script and agreed to narrate this film about a somewhat disturbed seven year old boy who imagines that he is the actor himself. The film reflects the way that Burton felt growing up in a supposedly 'normal' society.
His inspirations came from the monster movies that he enjoyed from a very young age, the works of Edgar Allan Poe, the writing style of Dr. Seuss, Ray Harryhausen's stop-motion animation and the feelings that he felt growing up in Burbank, California.
When he was eighteen, Tim Burton won a scholarship to attend CalArts (California Institute of the Arts), where he studied animation. After graduating, Burton began his career as a Disney animator, working for supervising animator Glen Keane on 'The Fox and the Hound'.
Sadly, Burton felt frustrated and restricted while working as a Disney animator; he was no longer able to fully express himself with his artwork and struggled to adopt the Disney style of drawing. He describes his foxes for the animated film as looking like "roadkill".
He was given the role of Conceptual Artist on 'The Black Cauldron'. This meant that he could, once again, draw whatever he wanted to and in his own style. The concept art would then help to inspire the animators who would adapt the ideas for the film. However, Burton found that none of his concepts had been included in the film.
Fortunately, both the Disney Executive, Julie Hickson, and Head of Creative Development, Tom Wilhite, saw great potential in Burton's unique style and artwork and gave him the opportunity to produce 'Vincent' (a story that Burton had written to be delivered as a children's book). Burton was given $60,000 to produce the film.
If you are interested in learning more about Tim Burton, I recommend that you read 'Burton on Burton' (Tim Burton's biography), edited by Mark Salisbury.
Why not browse Burton's online gallery with Stain boy, on his official website? http://timburton.com/
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