Frankenweenie won't be released until October 5, 2012, but Walt Disney Pictures provided us with the first official synopsis and additional details on Tim Burton's stop-motion animated project. Take a look below.
Frankenweenie gets an official synopsis
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.
Here are some additional details about Frankenweenie, which goes into greater detail about the production and where the story came from.
- 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.
Frankenweenie was released October 5th, 2012 and stars Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau, Winona Ryder, Charlie Tahan, Atticus Shaffer, Robert Capron, Christopher Lee. The film is directed by Tim Burton.