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The Island of Doctor Agor
Directed by Tim Burton
Written by Story:
H.G. Wells
Adaptation & Screenplay:
Tim Burton
Release date(s) 1971 (1971)
Country United States
Language English

The Island of Doctor Agor is a 1971 American short animated film written and directed by then-thirteen-year-old Tim Burton, who also starred in the title role of Doctor Agor.[1][2] The short is one of Burton's first animated films, and was adapted by Burton from the H.G. Wells story The Island of Doctor Moreau. The film starred Burton's friends and classmates and was shot with a Super 8 camera, utilizing locations such as the LA Zoo's animal cages and beaches in Malibu.[3][4]


Though the film was written of by Nancy Kilpatrick in the 2004 book The Goth Bible,[2] in the 2005 book The films of Tim Burton, author Alison McMahan concluded that because of the timing of an April 1st posting of an IMDB comment, the film listing is "likely" a joke.[5] However, in the 2006 book Burton on Burton, Burton himself specifically speaks of the film when recounting his early days making Super 8 films.[3]


  1. ^ International Who's Who of Authors and Writers 2004. Europa Publications (19, revised ed.). Routledge. 2003. pp. 84. ISBN 1857431790. OCLC 9781857431797.,+Burton&ei=WiQUS9fKCKTwMp7EpLQL#v=onepage&q=%22The%20Island%20of%20Doctor%20Agor%22%2C%20Burton&f=false.  
  2. ^ a b Kilpatrick, Nancy (2004). The goth bible: a compendium for the darkly inclined (ilustrated ed.). Macmillan. pp. 230. ISBN 0312306962. OCLC 9780312306960.,+Burton&ei=WiQUS9fKCKTwMp7EpLQL#v=onepage&q=%22The%20Island%20of%20Doctor%20Agor%22%2C%20Burton&f=false. Retrieved November 30, 2009.  
  3. ^ a b Burton, Tim; Mark Salisbury, Johnny Depp (2006). Mark Salisbury. ed. Burton on Burton (2, revised, illustrated ed.). Macmillan. pp. 5. ISBN 0571229263. OCLC 9780571229260.,+Burton&ei=MBoUS97HM5DqkQTJzcmhDA#v=onepage&q=&f=false. Retrieved November 30, 2009.  
  4. ^ "Tim Burton's early movies (1971 - 1986)". The Tim Burton Collective. Retrieved 30 November 2009.  
  5. ^ McMahan, Alison (2005). The films of Tim Burton: animating live action in contemporary Hollywood (illustrated ed.). Continuum International Publishing Group. pp. 42. ISBN 0826415660. OCLC 9780826415660.,+Burton&ei=MBoUS97HM5DqkQTJzcmhDA#v=onepage&q=%22The%20Island%20of%20Doctor%20Agor%22%2C%20Burton&f=false. Retrieved November 30, 2009.  

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