First Look: Tim Burton's Full-Length 3D Stop-Motion 'Frankenweenie'
by Alex Billington
October 27, 2011
Time to meet Sparky, the lovable K9 who gets hit by a car. And then is brought back to life. Entertainment Weekly has posted a first look set of photos for Tim Burton's new stop-motion animated B&W adventure Frankenweenie, full-length feature adaptation of his own short from 1984. Disney gave Burton the reigns to create this feature version before he started work on Dark Shadows, so arriving in theaters next October is this. In this new photo (see above), Sparky doesn't look all Frankenstein yet, but don't worry. "He doesn't have any stitches yet," Burton jokes. "That's only a short part of the film. Don't get too used to that look."
The voice cast for Disney's Frankenweenie — being shown in B&W and 3D — includes Winona Ryder, Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short, Tom Kenny and Martin Landau, all in various (and sometimes multiple) roles. Here are the first two photos with more to come soon, hopefully the first teaser trailer, too.
When young Victor's (voiced by Charlie Tahan) pet dog Sparky (who stars in Victor's home-made monster movies) is hit by a car, Victor decides to bring him back to life the only way he knows how. But when the bolt-necked "monster" wreaks havoc and terror in the hearts of Victor's neighbors, he has to convince them (and his parents) that despite his appearance, Sparky's still the good loyal friend he's always been.
Frankenweenie was directed by mastermind Tim Burton, who's brought us Beetlejuice, Batman, Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, Big Fish, Corpse Bride, Sweeney Todd and The Nightmare Before Christmas previously. The screenplay was written by John August (Go, Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride, The Nines) from a story by Tim Burton & Leonard Ripps. Disney is bringing Frankenweenie to theaters everywhere in 3D starting on October 5th, 2012 late next year. Stay tuned for more updates!
... looks really lovely 😀 I hope Burton redeems himself after Alice in Wonderland...
Yahzee on Oct 27, 2011
I remember seeing frankenweeie at d23, I would never have thought that these models were so intricate or sophisticated. It looks great, especially in black and white. Don't know what to think about the 3D aspect since lighting is always an issue.
Michael Lee on Oct 27, 2011
Never saw Frankenweenie but I have seen that dog. Brad Birds 1987 short "Family Dog"... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3U_hqEkk674
Cphillipdavis on Oct 27, 2011
Oh look Burton is recycling his dog design from Family Dog, how original!
Anonymous on Oct 27, 2011
Brad Bird directed Family Dog, but Burton designed all the characters.
Anonymous on Oct 27, 2011
I saw the original short and really liked it, this looks great
Bass1L on Oct 27, 2011
Winona and Burton again!! ... Thanks god!
Paulina Nava on Oct 28, 2011
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