Young Tim Burton @ Walt Disney Animation Studios
This why the internet is cool check out this video of a young petrified and bewilder Tim Burton at the Walt Disney Animation studios. Timothy William Burton started working at Disney at the age of 23 and his first animation project was The Fox and the Hound (1981). Below is a short clip of Burton at Disney in the 80′s.
“At Disney, I almost went insane,” he said. “I really did. I don’t ever want to get that close to that certain kind of feeling that I had. Who knows what a nervous breakdown is? Or who knows what going off the edge is? I don’t want to get that close again. No. 1 is, I was just not Disney material. I could just not draw cute foxes for the life of me. I couldn’t do it. I tried. I tried and tried. The unholy alliance of animation is you are called upon to be an artist, but on the other hand, you are called upon to be a zombie factory worker. And for me, I could not integrate the two. Also, at the time they were making kind of [s-----] movies. And it took them five or six years to make a movie. There’s that cold, hard fact: Do you want to spend six years of your life working on The Fox and the Hound? There’s a soul-searching moment when the answer is pretty clear.”