G, 6 min.
Director/Writer: Tim Burton
Narrator: Vincent Price
With the release of his new feature length film “Frankenweenie”, director Tim Burton returns to his roots as a stop motion animator. It’s always been apparent in all of his films that b-grade horror flicks, especially the Edgar Allen Poe adaptations starring Vincent Price, heavily influenced Burton. In his 1982 short film “Vincent” he pays tribute to Poe and Price with his images and his poetry.
Price narrates Burton’s poetry here as it plays in the very same tradition of some of Poe’s words. The images are in black and white and stop motion animation, both products of a by gone era cinematically. Burton’s character designs and imagination is on full display here and pre-echoes many of the images that he will reproduce in such films as “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure”, “Beetlejuice”, “Edward Scissorhands”, “The Nightmare Before Christmas”, and the new “Frankenweenie”.
Watch the entire short below.