Tim Burton Lines Up Four Actors for Voices in Frankenweenie

September 20, 2010
Source: Deadline


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?

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  • Toucmyinfection
    Let me guess... Music by Danny Elfman and will also star Depp and Bonham Carter... :p
  • Paul
    I've been hoping that Burton would go back to the 50s suburbia feel that he did so well in the original Frankenweenie, Edward Scissorhands, and Ed Wood. I love the original, and I'm hoping this lives up. Having Henry Selick direct would be a great idea.
  • Al
    The idea of turning a short into full length feature doesnt sit right with me. And despite enjoying Sweeny Todd, the last time i truly loved a Burton film was Big Fish. But something about Martin Short and Landau in a film by Burton (even after his disastrous Wonderland) is appealing. Landau was great as Lugosi, after all.
  • Voice of Reason
    I hate Martin Short. Then to hear he has 5 different voices....well, now I have 5 more reasons to hate this movie. Burton's done with.
  • Pendy Sixteen
    #1 I'll see your Elfman, Depp and Carter and raise you a misfit gothy kid in a strange brace/contraption and a misplaced pop music video number somewhere in the middle of the film.
  • Astroboy3000
    he's re-made so many things all that's left is his own work. his own work which is still an alternate version of someone else's work.
  • beavis
    wow, it really surprises me at seeing so many "burton hecklers" on here - of course,it IS the internet. - and #3 - wonderland was "disastrous"? why so?............ absolutely, it wasn't perfect; but, i thought it was a fun watch. i really enjoyed bonham carters red queen.




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