Release Date: October 5, 2012 Studio: Disney Director: Tim Burton Screenwriter: John August Starring: Winona Ryder, Martin Short, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan, Atticus Shaffer, Robert Capron, Conchata Ferrell MPAA Rating: Not Yet Rated Genre: Comedy, Family, Horror
From creative genius Tim Burton 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.
Fans of Tim Burton’s animated offering Frankenweenie will be thrilled to know that there is more ‘weenie to come.
An all-new short film, “Captain Sparky vs. the Flying Saucers,” is going to appear on the January 8th Blu-ray and DVD release of Frankenweenie. You can get a sneak peek via two images after the jump.
According to USA Today: “Captain Sparky is another movie-within-a-movie, which finds Sparky recruited into duty when the most low-budget alien spacecraft ever begins attacking the planet.” Frankenweenie’s animation supervisor Mark Waring helmed the short.
Meanwhile, Frankenweenie – if you missed the news – was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Animated Film.
While down at Fantastic Fest, ShockTillYouDrop.com had the privilege of catching up with the legendary Martin Landau who lends his vocal talents to this week’s release Frankenweenie as Mr. Rzykruski.
You may recall, Landau previously worked with the film’s director, Tim Burton, on Ed Wood and Sleepy Hollow.
Shock also spoke with Frankenweenie’s Charlie Tahan who plays Victor Frankenstein. Tahan’s genre roots can be traced back to the tiger-in-a-house thriller Burning Bright.
Head inside for our brief chats with both actors!
John August has spent nearly the last decade collaborating with Tim Burton. Beginning with the heartfelt fable Big Fish, August went on to work with Burton on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Corpse Bride, Dark Shadows and, now, Frankenweenie, opening tomorrow (Friday, October 5th).
Earlier this week, we spoke to August about the film, which is an adaptation of Tim Burton’s 1984 short film about an inventive young boy and his resurrected dead dog. Inside, August discusses capturing the right tone, creating new monsters for the film and more.
Responsible for stylish action films like Batman, bizarre love stories like Edward Scissorhands and Academy Award-winning comedy dramas like Ed Wood, director Tim Burton, with this Friday’s release of Frankenweenie, takes a very personal turn with a tribute to classic horror films, intricately crafted in 3D and black and white stop-motion.
Not at all unlike Victor, the young hero of the film, Burton serves a bit of a mad scientist, bringing new life to his 1984 short film of the same name. The spooky adventure begins when Victor Frankenstein loses his dog, Sparky, to a tragic car accident and decides to push the boundaries of natural order, harnessing the power of electricity to bring Sparky back to life.
Although Victor’s experiment seems to go off without a hitch, the secret return of Sparky can’t stay hidden and soon all the children in the neighborhood decide to bring about their own monstrous pets. Reuniting actors from past films, Burton’s voice cast includes Winona Ryder (Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice), Martin Short (Mars Attacks!), Catherine O’Hara (Beetlejuice, The Nightmare Before Christmas) and Martin Landau (Ed Wood) as well as newcomers Charlie Tahan (as Victor) and Atticus Shaffer (as Victor’s friend, Edward E. Gore).
ShockTillYouDrop.com and ComingSoon.net had the chance to speak with Burton and his cast. Check out the video interviews in the player below (in spine-tingling black and white!) and catch Frankenweenie in 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D theaters this Friday, October 5th.
Nods to classic horror monsters, amazing animation, and a return to old school Tim Burton form make Frankenweenie a lot of fun, but a largely spoiled plot and a bland lead character keep the film from reaching its full potential.
Victor Frankenstein is a young boy living in the town of New Holland. He’s extremely intelligent, but he doesn’t have many friends. Victor is OK with that, though, because he has his dog Sparky to keep him company. That is until Sparky is tragically hit by a car and killed. However, Victor isn’t willing to say goodbye just yet. Victor uses his scientific knowledge to bring Sparky back to life! While he is overjoyed that his friend is alive again, Victor now must hide Sparky from the rest of the world. But it’s not long before his secret gets out and the town is turned upside down by the revelation.
Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows is making its way onto DVD and Blu-ray tomorrow (Tuesday, October 2nd) and Shock Till You Drop was offered the chance to speak to the original screenwriter of that film, John August.
August is out promoting another Burton effort, Frankenweenie, opening in theaters this Friday (October 5th), however, this writer wanted to know a bit more about his original vision of Dark Shadows before Seth Grahame-Smith came in and did a rewrite on the film.
Asked how much of his work is represented in the final cut, August told me, ”Not a lot. Dark Shadows, when it came to me, it was before Twilight had come out and before True Blood. They said, ‘Let’s make a big gothic, vampire drama.’ I pitched that and I wrote a Godfather-like saga of the Collins family and Barnabas was at the center of it all.”
Tim Burton’s characteristic gothic vision returns to the screen this Friday with Frankenweenie, the black and white, stop motion-animated, feature-length adaptation of his 1984 short film of the same name.
The original film heralded the ’85 release of Burton’s first feature – Pee Wee’s Big Adventure – and starred Barret Oliver, Daniel Stern and Shelley Duvall. Oliver played a young boy whose dog is killed in an accident and resurrected in Frankenstein-like fashion.
The animated redo expands on this idea and introduces a slew of monstrous surprises as well as a talented vocal cast of Winona Ryder, Martin Short, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan and Atticus Shaffer.
Shock Till You Drop met with Burton in Austin, Texas where the director was showing off the film before a Fantastic Fest crowd.