Tim Burton Lines Up Four Actors for Voices in Frankenweenie
As announced back in March, Disney is moving forward on production of Frankenweenie, the Tim Burton stop-motion movie that is a feature-length version of his 1984 black and white short. Deadline now says that the project has lined up its voice cast with four Burton regulars: Winona Ryder (Star Trek, Black Swan) as Elsa, Martin Landau (City of Ember, 9) as Mr. Rzykruski, Martin Short (The Spiderwick Chronicles) as five various characters and Catherine O'Hara (Nightmare Before Christmas) as four characters. Ryder appeared in Edward Scissorhands and Beetlejuice, and Landau won an Oscar from Tim Burton's Ed Wood.
Frankenweenie is about a young boy named Victor (whose voice hasn't been cast yet, as far as we know) who brings his dog Sparky back to life after he learns that he's been hit by a car. The feature script was written by Burton regular John August, but we don't actually know who is directing it. Considering it's a stop-motion feature, they've probably got more than one guy working on it at the moment. I'm sure we'll hear about a bit more casting soon, but I like his choices so far. Disney has already scheduled Frankenweenie for release on March 9th, 2012, so we've still got a long way to go, but I'm sure it will be well worth it. Who's excited?