Vincent is a 1982 stop-motion short horror film written, designed and directed by Tim Burton.
The film is narrated by actor Vincent Price, a lifelong idol and inspiration for Burton. This marked the beginning od a friendship between them that lasted until Price’s death in 1993. From this relationship, Price would go on to appear in Burton’s Edward Scissorhands. Vincent Price later said that the film was “the most gratifying thing that ever happened. It was immortality, better than a star on Hollywood Boulevard.“
Vincent is the story of a 7 year old boy, Vincent Malloy, who pretends to be like the actor Vincent Price (who narrates the film). He does experiments on his dog Abercrombie. He is obsessed with the tales of Edgar Allan Poe, and it is his detachment from reality when reading them that leads to his delusions that he is in fact a tortured artist, depriced of the woman he loves, mirroring certain parts of Poe’s “The Raven”. The film ends with Vincent feeling terrified of being tortured by the going-ons of his male-believe world, quoting “The Raven” as he falls to the floor in frailty, believing himself to be dead.