Tim Burton's 'Frankenweenie' is the First Stop-Motion IMAX Release

March 6, 2012


The first trailer for the stop-motion animated film from Tim Burton, producer of The Nightmare Before Christmas, just came to life last week, and Frankenweenie is ready to rise from the grave later this year. Now the resurrected canine will be bigger than ever as IMAX has just revealed that Frankenweenie will be digitally remastered into IMAX 3D to be released the same day the film hits regular theaters across the world on October 5th this fall. For those keeping score, Frankenweenie is not only the first stop-motion animated film to be featured on the IMAX, but also the first black and white film to hit the giant film format.

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 this year. Stay tuned for more updates!

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It should have been in IMAX natively, it's stop motion. It's made out of Hi-res photographs that should be large enough for the IMAX format. They probably got threw production and when they released they were in an open slot in the IMAX schedule they jumped on it. From the trailer I'm worried there is nothing here to support a full length feature film. I loved the short, and I like burton's style, but I don't see anything in the trailer or materials that will support the extended running time.

geoffcbassett on Mar 6, 2012

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