Back in 1982, a young Tim Burton was working at Disney in the animation department where he did concept art for wholesome family films like 'The Fox and the Hound.' Given his penchant for the dark and macabre, he naturally clashed with his corporate overlords at the House of the Mouse, but in his free time he managed to make a very sweet (albeit dark) short film entitled 'Vincent.' The six-minute film was about a boy who dreamed of being Vincent Price. Burton even got the legendary horror icon to narrate.

It turned out to be a pivotal moment in Burton's career. It helped push him onto the path he's still traveling today, and it's a great story about how you should follow your dreams and stick to your guns even when people don't seem interested in your unique take on the world.

Now, nearly 30 years later, filmmaker Brian Ochab is hard at work on 'Tim,' a stop-motion animation film that pays tribute to both 'Vincent' and Tim Burton. Since we lost Vincent Price years ago, Ochab had to find another actor to narrate the tale -- and he settled on the inimitable Christopher Lee. We like that casting.

Hit the jump for more details on 'Tim,' plus a look at some of the film's early footage.

'Tim' tells the tale of Timothy Todd, a young boy who is quite normal but wishes to be odd like his hero Tim Burton. Told in rhyming poem form with some really striking animation, 'Tim' looks like a sweet love-letter to one of Hollywood's most unique talents.

Unfortunately, Wonder Motion Studios is a tiny operation run out of a two-car garage in Los Angeles. Ochab and crew have funded the project out of their own pockets, but they're broke. This is where you can step in and help. Wonder Motion has set up a Kickstarter account so that interested parties can contribute money to help fund the rest of 'Tim.' For as little as ten bucks (cue Sally Struthers and dramatic music...) you can help these talented filmmakers get their film off the ground. Think about it – for the price of a meal at McDonalds, you can say you helped fund a Hollywood film. Plus all donors get some special gifts based on the amount of their contribution.

Wonder Motion needs roughly $150,000 to finish 'Tim,' and while that seems like a lot of money, this is a project that looks worthy of the investment – it's probably worth it just to hear Lee's narration. The stylish animation is just a bonus. Don't take our word for it, though – check out Ochab's preview and pitch video below.

To contribute to 'Tim', please check out the film's Kickstarter page.