Tim Burton's FRANKENWEENIE - black & white animated stop-motion 3D movie in theaters in time for Halloween 2012

I’m so excited!  The “Frankenweenie” one-sheet poster has just been released by Disney!  I’m really looking forward to this fall when this movie hits theaters.  After all, it’s from the same creative genius behind some of my favorite movies, Tim Burton!  His newest film is a heartwarming story as old as time – a boy and his dog – an eternal love story.  But in this story, the beloved dog, Sparky unexpectedly dies.  Not wanting to be without his trusted friend, Victor conducts a science experiment in hopes of harnessing the power of science to bring his canine companion back to life.  But there’s a hitch and it doesn’t go as planned so there are a few tiny adjustments. Victor tries his best to disguise his home-sewn creation, however when Sparky escapes, Victor’s peers, teachers, as well as the entire town all find out that receiving a new “leash on life” might be monstrous.

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Frankenweenie is a stop-motion, animated film which is being filmed in black and white and delivered in 3D, that will boost this classic style into a completely new experience. If it seems like you may have seen something similar previously, you may have.  When Tim Burton initially conceived the idea for “Frankenweenie,” he imagined it as being a full-length, stop-motion animated motion picture. Unfortunately, due to budget constraints at the time, he instead directed it as a live-action short which was released in 1984.  But “Frankenweenie” isn’t Burton’s first stop-motion animated full-length film.  His two previous works, “Corpse Bride” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” both earned Academy Awards® nominations and a cult following.

More than 200 puppets and sets were designed for the film and Burton used some inspiration to name some of the characters in the film from classic horror films.  Names like Elsa, Victor,Van Helsing,  Mr. Burgemeister, and Edgar “E” Gore.  And he brought back some amazing voice talent from some of his previous works as well.  They include:  Martin Short (“Mars Attacks!”), Winona Ryder (“Beetlejuice,” “Edward Scissorhands”), Martin Landau (“Ed Wood,” Sleepy Hollow”), and Edgar “E”(“Beetlejuice,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas”).

As a fan of nearly all of his movies, this is one I’ll get to the theater to see when it opens on October 5, 2012 in theaters nationwide.

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Walt Disney Pictures

Genre:    Animated comedy
Rating:   TBD
US Release date:   October 5, 2012

Voice Cast:     Martin Short, Winona Ryder, Martin Landau , Catherine O’Hara, Atticus Shaffer, Charlie Tahan, Conchata Ferrell, Robert Capron
Director:   Tim Burton
Producers:  Tim Burton and Allison Abbate
Executive Producer:   Don Hahn
Screenplay by:     John August
Based on an original concept from:  Tim Burton