Thursday, August 25, 2016

Tim Burton is Born

Tim Burton was born on August 25, 1958
August 25, 1958
The American director, producer, stop-motion animator and screen writer, Timothy Walter Burton, was born on this day in 1958. Heavily influenced by both Dr. Seuss and Roald Dahl, Burton attended the California Institute of the Arts in Velencia, CA to study animation. His first film, Stalk of the Celery Monster, which is more pencil drawings than anything else, grabbed the attention of Walt Disney Studios and was offered an apprentice position with the company. While did create some concept art for The Fox and the Hound, The Black Cauldron and Tron, none of his art made it to those films. However, in 1982, he created his first short, Vincent, a stop-motion animation project that fantasized what horror actor Vincent Price was like as a child. Burton’s next project, a live action short called Frankenweenie was completed in 1984 and was reportedly what got him fired at Disney for creating a film too dark and scary for children. Ironically, he was called back in 1993 to produce The Nightmare Before Christmas and again in 1996 for James and the Giant Peach and was asked to create a full-length version of Frankenweenie in 2012.

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