…Vincent Malloy, that is, and his terrible tale of misfortune and woe. You see, his young and beautiful wife suffered a tragic death, leaving him perpetually grief-stricken and tormented. Although he struggles to free himself from beneath the weight of his sorrow and pain, he simply cannot, and thus sentences himself to a life of solitary confinement within the four walls of his home, vowing to leave it again …“nevermore”.
Oh, did I mention Vincent is a 7-year old boy?
Originally created by Tim Burton as the subject of a poem by the same name, “Vincent” was brought to life in the form of a black-and-white stop-motion animated short back in 1982, when Burton was toiling away as a conceptual artist at Disney. Although not considered “Disney material”, he was given a chance and $60,000 by 2 Disney execs and … voila! “Vincent” was born.
Narrated by none other than Vincent Price himself, this clever little short tells the story of a young boy with a wildly gloomy and overactive imagination, who bears more than a passing resemblance to Burton. As with so many of us who developed misunderstood interests during our adolescence, Vincent chooses to stay indoors, where he creatively acts out homages to his idols, Vincent Price and Edgar Allan Poe. And no matter how hard she tries, Vincent’s poor mother simply cannot get him to go outside and play. It’s a true treat for Burton fans, a whimsically macabre masterpiece littered with prototype cameos of creations later found in “The Nightmare Before Christmas”, “Beetlejuice”, and “Frankenweenie”, to name a few. It also forged a relationship between Burton and Price that provided all of us with a beautiful gift in Burton’s splendidly dark and sweet fairytale, “Edward Scissorhands.”
So, if you’re looking for something different this Halloween, follow the link and visit “Vincent” for a few minutes. You won’t be disappointed. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxQcBKUPm8o)