The Island of Doctor Agor

1971 American film
The Island of Doctor Agor
Directed byTim Burton
Written byStory:
H. G. Wells
Adaptation & screenplay:
Tim Burton
Release date
1971 (1971)
CountryUnited States

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 1896 novel 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]


  • Tim Burton – Doctor Agor


Though the film was written about 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 1 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. p. 84. ISBN 9781857431797.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  2. ^ a b Kilpatrick, Nancy (2004). The goth bible: a compendium for the darkly inclined (illustrated ed.). Macmillan. p. 230. ISBN 9780312306960. 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. p. 5. ISBN 9780571229260. Retrieved November 30, 2009.
  4. ^ "Tim Burton's early movies (1971–1986)". The Tim Burton Collective. Archived from the original on January 10, 2010. Retrieved November 30, 2009.
  5. ^ McMahan, Alison (2005). The films of Tim Burton: animating live action in contemporary Hollywood (illustrated ed.). Continuum International Publishing Group. p. 42. ISBN 9780826415660. Retrieved November 30, 2009.

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