One of Tim Burton's earliest films, a short, live-action retelling of Hansel and Gretel featuring an all-Asian cast, has appeared on YouTube. According to an article by Bloody Disgusting, referencing a 2007 article from another blog, this is a "long lost" short making its first public appearance. However, with all due respect to BD, this is inaccurate. How do I know?
I saw the short film in 2009.
That year, an amazing exhibit debuted at the New York Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) featuring the work of Burton across his entire career. The artwork went all the way back to his childhood and earliest film work, including the supposedly "long lost" short film. My best friend and I actually sat, mesmerized, among a group of children and watched the entire half-hour film twice. So while the movie may not have been available on DVD or the Internet before, it wasn't the urban legend its been portrayed as.
Regardless, you can watch the short film below, which initially only appeared on the Disney Channel one Halloween night in 1983, and catch the earliest traces of what is now considered Burton-esque!
Did you see the Tim Burton exhibit when it crossed the country? What do you think of the short? Let me know in the comments!