His early film career was fueled by almost unbelievable good luck, but it's his talent and originality that have kept him at the top of the Hollywood tree. Tim Burton began drawing at an early age, going on to attend the California Institute of the Arts, studying animation after being awarded a fellowship from Disney, for whom he went on to work. Although he found that the mainstream Disney films he worked on ("The Fox and the Hound" (1981)) were far removed from his own sensibility, Disney let him have the freedom to work on his own personal projects, the six-minute animated black-and-white Gothic Vincent Price tribute "Vincent" (1982), and the 27-minute live-action "Frankenweenie" (1984), which was judged unsuitable for children and never released. However, Paul Reuben's (aka Pee-Wee Herman) saw it and decided that Burton, still only in his mid-twenties, would be the ideal person to direct his feature debut, "Pee-wee's Big Adventure." Burton went on to create many dark, witty films such as "Beetle Juice," "Batman," "Edward Scissorhands," "Batman Returns," "Ed Wood," "Mars Attacks!", "Sleepy Hollow," "The Nightmare Before Christmas," "Planet of the Apes," and "Big Fish."