Vincent Malloy

Vincent, a 1982 film by Tim Burton, looks at the life of a young boy named Vincent Malloy who dreams of being, his idol and alter-ego, Vincent Price.

The film which is in black and white looks at the boy’s insanity and crippling loneliness that eats him up, but that his mother overlooks. Funnily enough the film is also narrated by Vincent price whose voice sticks with you long after the film is actually finished.


We first get an insight into the personality of Vincent Malloy when the narrator says:

“Vincent Malloy is seven years old,

He’s always polite and does what he is told.

For a boy his age he is considerate and nice,

But he wants to be just like Vincent Price.”

Already, the narrator has told us that Vincent is not like most young boys his age and we, as an audience, get an inkling of this anyway. For example, his need to be locked away in his room, his wild black hair, his friendship with his freaky black cat and his dark imagination.

We soon learn that the child isn’t as open and true to himself as he would like to be. An instance of this is when he is with his family; his mother fails to understand his grief and he pretends that he likes his aunt when really:

“Vincent is nice when his aunt comes to see him, 

But imagines dipping her in wax for his wax museum.”

GIF Credit: Giphy

It seems like this young boy cannot  live the real version of himself and is most comfortable when he is alone with his cat. It definitely appears as if Vincent relies on his imagination in order to escape and live the life that he dreams to be living.

He enjoys reading Edgar Allen Poe books and gets so emotionally attached to the stories that he reads that at one point, when his favourite character dies, who the narrator refers to as his wife, he goes berserk. So much so that he runs outside to his mother’s flower-bed and begins digging up the soil in order to find his ‘wife’. His mother, understandably, is annoyed at Vincent Malloy’s behaviour and when she sends him to his room says:

“These games that you play are all in your head.

You’re not Vincent Price you’re Vincent Malloy.

You’re not tormented or insane.”

And whilst this could be true and it could just simply be the case that Vincent’s imagination is getting the better of him, it seems that he is in need of more emotional support and understanding from his mother regardless.

Overall, this short film is an interesting and thought-provoking watch. It, of course, has that distinguishable Tim Burton flare and is rather uncouth with it’s spooky aesthetic. As an adult it is nice to relive what many of us had as children and still have now which is an over-active imagination and failure to be completely true to one’s self.

That being said, it is quite a humorous animation because it has that relatable side to it whilst still being dark and cynical. At only six minutes long this short film is a definite must watch and gives an interesting insight into the life of Vincent Malloy!

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