Stalk of the Celery Monster

Stalk of the Celery Monster is a 1979 short animated film written, directed and animated entirely in pencil by Tim Burton during his time as a student with the California Institute of the Arts.


The only fragments remaining of the film today depict a dentist named Dr. Maxwell Payne making bloody experiments with his patients. He tries a woman, and after that the monster of the title shows up, roaring, he starts, with the monster making the experiments with an old 1930s laboratory. In the following clip, the woman leaves, as Dr. Maxwell Payne searches for another victim.

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    director Tim Burton
    producer Tim Burton
    productionCompany California Institute of the Arts
    theme animated animated short short