We always get a kick out of seeing what kind of work our favorite directors were making before they became famous. Master of the macabre Tim Burton started his career at Disney as an animator and storyboard/concept artist, contributing to features like The Fox and the Hound, The Black Cauldron and TRON, but his gothic style just didn’t jibe with the studio’s wholesome image. In fact, 1984’s Frankenweenie was the short that got him fired from Disney for being too dark and scary for kids.
Burton’s career at the Mouse House started after one of his shorts attracted the attention of execs. He made Stalk of the Celery Monster and King and Octopus during his studies at the California Institute of the Arts in Santa Clarita, California, before graduating in 1979 and beginning his apprenticeship at the studio. As you can see from these clips, spotted on Open Culture, Burton’s signature style was starting to blossom, evidenced by the look of his mad scientist character and other bizarre creatures.
Enjoy this trip back in time to Burton’s younger days with King and Octopus and Stalk of the Celery Monster.
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