As someone who grew up on Beetlejuice and The Nightmare Before Christmas, I almost find it difficult to imagineĀ Tim Burton as anything other than the world-famous director he is today. But every success story has to start somewhere, and once upon a time, Burton was just an ordinary teenager hoping to make something of his art. As a high schooler in 1976, he sent his completed children’s book, The Giant Zlig, to Walt Disney Productions along with a cover letter asking them to consider publishing it. He got a very gentle rejection in response. Read the letters and see images from The Giant Zlig after the jump.

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