Like a lot of people, I have mixed opinions on Tim Burton’s work. Still, it’s hard not to love his early stuff. Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, and Ed Wood are all off-kilter masterpieces of the strange, unusual, and slightly sweet. But not that many people know about his first movie, a minor miracle of stop-motion animation called Vincent.
The film follows the titular character, a young boy who idolizes Vincent Price (and Poe), while his imagination makes horrors of his everyday surroundings and interactions. Despite some macabre imagery, the short never loses its good nature, mixing the darker bits with just the right amount of humor. As an added bonus, Vincent Price actually provides the narration for the movie–a charmingly odd little poem that should remind any horror fan of his or her youth.
Vincent is perfect in its brevity. Each scene is beautiful to look at and nothing is wasted in its short run time. Price’s unique voice is just the icing on the cake.