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.
Released as a live-action short by Disney in 1984, budget constraints had kept the film from becoming the full-length, stop motion animated film Burton had always envisioned “Frankenweenie” to be. Many of Burton’s original drawings were used in the making of this full-length “Frankenweenie” along with the addition of several new characters.
A stop-motion animated film like “Corpse Bride” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” the film features over 200 puppets and sets including 12 Sparkys. Filmed in black and white and rendered in 3D, “Frankenweenie” elevates Tim Burton’s classic style to a whole new experience.
The movie features a talented voice cast of Catherine O’hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan, Atticus Shaffer, Robert Capron, Conchata Ferrell and Winona Ryder who are sure to bring the unique characters to life.
“The reason I originally wanted to make ‘Frankenweenie’ was based on growing up and loving horror movies,” says Burton. “But it was also the relationship I had when I was a child with a certain dog that I had. It’s a special relationship that you have in your life and very emotional. Dogs obviously don’t usually live as long as people, so therefore you experience the end of that relationship. So that, in combination with the Frankenstein story, just seemed to be a very powerful thing to me- a very personal kind of remembrance”
“Frankenweenie” opens in U.S theatres on Oct 5.