Tim Burton facts
Despite having a typical suburban upbringing in his Burbank, California home, young Tim Burton spent a lot of his time crafting very twisted and imaginative drawings. Some of these childhood drawings would serve as the inspiration for some of his most memorable characters and films such as Edward Scissorhands and Jack Skellington from ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas.’ (The design of ‘Frankenweenie’ was based on a childhood dog he had.) Burton hasn’t given up his art as an adult, and often has work shown in art galleries and special exhibitions around the world.
Burton’s talent for drawing and his 1979 short film ‘Stalk of the Celery Monster’ eventually scored him a gig at Disney as an animator on such films as ‘The Fox and the Hound’ and ‘The Black Cauldron.’ Still, it was a job he quickly found tiresome and boring. The studio decided his unique talent could be better served if he was given more room and creativity to work. Burton’s first solo project with Disney was the stop-motion animated short ‘Vincent,’ a tribute to Burton favorite Vincent Price, who also narrated. The short showed up on ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ DVD, where its stark design was perfectly in keeping with Jack Skellington and the rest of the Halloweenland Crew.