Factsheet for Tim Burton’s “Frankenweenie” from Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures”

Genre: Comedy adventure
Rating: TBD
U.S. Release date: October 5, 2012
Running time: TBD

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

From creative genius Tim Burton (Alice in Wonderland, The Nightmare Before Christmas) comes Frankenweenie, a heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life–with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor’s fellow students, teachers and the entire town all learn that getting a new “leash on life” can be monstrous.

A stop-motion animated film, Frankenweenie will be filmed in black and white and rendered in 3D, which will elevate the classic style to a whole new experience.

In Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie young Victor conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences.

NOTES:

* When Tim Burton originally conceived the idea for Frankenweenie, he envisioned it as a full-length, stop-motion animated film. Due to budget constraints, he instead directed it as a live-action short, released in 1984.
* Frankenweenie follows in the footsteps of Tim Burton’s other stop-motion animated films “Corpse Bride” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas”–both of which were nominated for Academy Awards®.
* Over 200 puppets and sets were created for the film.
* The voice cast includes four actors who worked with Burton on previous films: Winona Ryder (Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands), Catherine O’Hara (Beetlejuice, The Nightmare Before Christmas), Martin Short (Mars Attacks!) and Martin Landau (Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow).
* Several of the character names–Victor, Elsa Van Helsing, Edgar “E” Gore and Mr. Burgermeister– were inspired by classic horror films.

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  • Austen Davis

    A Tim Burton film with no Johnny Depp. That’s a shock.

  • Matt Cole

    Considering the last few flops he did with Burton were about to derail Depp’s career I’m not surprised.

  • Contrariwise

    Alice in Wonderland was hardly a flop. Was it any good? Personally, I didn’t like it at all. But, it is the sixth highest grossing movie worldwide OF ALL TIME.

    • Matt Cole

      Well not budget flops but definately “creative flops” to say the least. I imagine Depp would like to be remembered as something else other than “that guy that played Willy Wonka as a pedophile”.

  • AdrianC.

    I hope this one is better than “Corpse Bride,” which looked great but fell flat in just about every other aspect.

    Voice cast sounds pretty good, particularly Martin Short and Catherine O’Hara.