Tim Burton's ‘Frankenweenie’ Synopsis and Production Details

The director's upcoming stop-motion animated adventure revolves around a young boy who brings his dead dog back to life.
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Frankenweenie gets an official synopsisFrankenweenie 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.

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.

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