Vincent: a short animation by Tim Burton (1982)

In Tim Burton’s short animation from 1982, Vincent, we hear the voice of Vincent Price, famed horror actor, telling the story of little Vincent and his morbid tastes and dark imagination. The story is told as a rhyming poem that mimics the rhythm and style of Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven.” This semi-autobiographical animation creates a purposely melodramatic portrait of a creative boy possessed by his imagination, unable to distinguish between the worlds of his books and reality. The horror overtones are deliciously undercut by the simple fact that little Vincent is only seven years old, experiencing the torments, hallucinations, and obsessions worthy of Poe himself.