With Tim Burton's Frankenweenie being released into theaters this weekend, it seems only right that this weekend's Vintage Video head back to where it all began, with Burton's very first stop motion animated film; 1982's Vincent.
Hey, before we even begin here. If you're wondering if I'm going to be reviewing Frankenweenie, I actually already did. So go read the mini review, exclusively over on the Freddy In Space Facebook page!
Now, where were we...
Vincent began its life when Tim Burton was working for Walt Disney, back in the 80's. So impressed with his talents were two Disney executives, that they gave Burton money to make his very own short film, based on a poem he had written. The poem, about a tortured young boy who loves Edgar Allen Poe and dreams of being like Vincent Price (much like Burton himself), which was originally going to be turned into a children's book, would go on to become Burton's very first foray into stop motion animation, and laid the groundwork for his career as the master of the quirky macabre.
Working with Stephen Chiodo (director of Killer Klowns!), Vincent became a six minute short film, featuring voice over narration by Tim Burton's idol, Vincent Price. The friendship they struck up on the project led to Price appearing in 1990's Edward Scissorhands, one of his last roles before his death.
Enjoy the short film below, which has only been released as a special feature on various home video releases of The Nightmare Before Christmas, since Disney never quite knew what to do with it. Hey, who knows, maybe someday they'll let Burton turn it into a feature length film, like they did with Frankenweenie!
**Speaking of Nightmare Before Christmas, keep your eyes peeled for the very first appearance of a proto-Jack Skellington, who shows up very briefly towards the end of the short!**