Tim Burton has directed a variety of movies, but there’s one that only aired once on the Disney Channel, and was believed to be a myth for many years.
Tim Burton has become a big name in the fantasy and horror genres thanks to the way he combines gothic elements with both of these genres, and although he has made films aimed at younger audiences, these have not wasn’t always considered kid-friendly, which is why there’s one of his little-known movies that Disney only aired once. Tim Burton’s career in the film industry began as an animator and concept artist and with various short films, and his big screen debut came in 1985 with Peewee’s Big Adventure. However, his style really shone in his subsequent films, starting with beetle juice in 1988.
Tim Burton did not limit himself to fantasy horror in his films since in 1989 he visited Gotham City with Batman and later in 1992 with Return of Batmanas he continued to establish himself in the fantasy world with Edward Scissorhands. Burton has since explored other genres in his films – from science fiction with Martian attacks! and Planet of the Monkeys to musicals with Charlie and the chocolate factory and Sweeney Todd and even live-action versions of animated classics with Dumbo –, and the one where he has found a lot of success is stop-motion animation, with films like The Nightmare Before Christmas (produced by Burton but directed by Henry Selick) and Corpse bride.
However, there’s a Burton movie that for years has been considered a myth, because it’s only been shown once on Disney, and it’s a wild take on the classic tale of Hansel and Gretel.
What happened to Tim Burton’s Hansel & Gretel?
Before Peewee’s Big AdventureTim Burton has worked with Disney as an animator, graphic designer, concept artist, and more, and it was while at the Mouse House that he made his first stop motion short, vincent. Burton’s next project was his unique take on the story of Hansel and Gretel, a Japanese version of the tale because, at the time, Burton was really into Japanese culture. As such, Hansel and Gretel was strongly influenced by the style of Godzilla and used lots of special effects, including stop-motion animations here and there. However, the craziest thing about Burton Hansel and Gretel was that there was a kung fu fight between the main characters and the witch. Hansel and Gretel aired on Disney Channel on October 31, 1983, and it was never aired or heard from again, leading many to believe it was an urban legend.
It wasn’t until 2009, when it was screened at the Museum of Modern Art as part of a special Tim Burton exhibition, that its existence was confirmed, but the full film and good quality footage is very difficult to find. After Burton’s short Frankenweenie in 1984 Disney fired him, arguing that he was wasting studio resources on a film that would be too dark and scary for children – but years later they teamed up again on other projects, including including stop-motion, feature film- long version of Frankenweenie. As for Hansel and Gretelit is highly unlikely to be released again or released in any format, as Tim Burton He is said to be embarrassed by this particular project, so the only way to watch his Japanese version of the classic tale is either at exhibitions of Burton’s work or online, although the quality and even the length of that these may vary.