Walt Disney Pictures has released eight character photos for Frankenweenie, director Tim Burton's 3D stop-motion animation expansion of his 1984 live-action short film. These images also include descriptions of the main characters Victor Frankenstein (Charlie Tahan), his dog Sparky, Mr. and Mrs. Frankenstein (Catherine O'Hara and Martin Short), Elsa Van Helsing (Winona Ryder), Elsa's dog Persephone, Toshiaki (James Hiroyuki Liao), Bob (Robert Capron), and Bob's mom (Conchata Ferrell). Take a look.
"Victor Frankenstein is a clever, industrious 10-year-old. He lives with his parents and dog, Sparky, and immerses himself in making films and inventing in his attic workshop. When Sparky dies in a car accident, Victor uses scientific ingenuity to bring him back to life."
"Sparky is a playful bull terrier whose sense of curiosity is matched only by his owner, Victor. Sparky enjoys chasing after balls and starring in Victor's homemade movies. He exudes tons of energy and enthusiasm, which even his untimely death doesn't diminish."
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"Mr. Frankenstein is a travel agent, who likes to dispense roundabout advice to his son. He is proud of Victor's accomplishments, but is concerned he doesn't have any friends other than Sparky. He encourages him to join the baseball team. Mr. Frankenstein has a playful and loving relationship with his wife, Victor's mom, who encourages her son's scientific pursuits, even when her kitchen appliances end up in his attic lab.
"Elsa Van Helsing is a soulful and somber classmate of Victor. She lives next door with her tyrant uncle, Mayor Burgemeister, who forces her to be this year's "Little Dutch Girl" at the town's celebration of Dutch Day. Elsa also has a beloved pet, her poodle Persephone, and truly empathizes with Victor when he loses Sparky."
"Persephone is a perfectly groomed black poodle. She is fiercely loyal to Elsa, her owner. When Persephone and Sparky first meet in the backyard, the attraction is instantaneous and electrifying."
"Toshiaki is over-achieving and mega-competitive. He delights in beating Victor at his own game and like a power-hungry mad scientist, Toshiaki will stop at nothing to win the top prize in the school's science fair-even if it means stealing Victor's ideas to do it."
"Bob is a momma's boy, the brawn to Toshiaki's brains. He is never mean-spirited, but he's easily led and gullible. Bob follows Toshiaki everywhere, but is the first one to run to Victor for help when he gets in over his head."
"Bob's Mom is a plump, suburban housewife who is prone to panic and hysteria when things go awry. She has very simple, stereotypical views on life. She dotes on her son Bob and believes her actions, though often misguided, are in his best interest."