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March 11, 2011

Tim Burton, Teen Author?

Everybody has to get their start somewhere. For uber-director Tim Burton it was with a bizarre children book that he wrote while in High School entitled 'The Giant Zig'. He even submitted the book to Disney, and although he was rejected (the letter is included here) he would end up snagging a job at Disney as soon as he finished college. That lead to films like 'Pee Wee's Big Adventure', 'Beetlejuice', and 'Batman'... and the rest is history!!! All of this early art was part of a wonderful art retrospective on Burton at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC last year (I know you went Jeff... lucky!!!), and although it is now over you can still check out their website by clicking here. Very interesting to see a young Burton at work... hope you enjoy!

Burton's Submission Letter

Disney's Refusal Letter

1 comment:

  1. genius.....I don't care what anyone says Burton truly is one in my eyes