Tim Burton is going back to the well of his early career, to re-imagine and expand upon his beloved 1984 short film, Frankenweenie.
Originally a live action piece starring Shelley Duvall, Daniel Stern, and Barret Oliver as little Victor Frankenstein, a 1950's era boy, who employs scientific means to bring his beloved dog, Sparky, back from the dead, the updated Frankenweenie looks to be another entry into the animated oeuvre of Mr. Burton.
Burton's two previous big animated films, The Nightmare Before Christmas and James And The Giant Peach, were both directed by Henry Sellick. This time out Burton steps into the directors chair himself to oversee the stop motion magic.
Frankenweenie 2012 features the voice talents of many actors from Burton's past films, including Winona Ryder, Catherine O'Hara, and Martin Landau. Also, you just gotta love the fact that the animated version of the the dog Sparky is the same design as the Burton produced The Family Dog, which first appeared as a stand-out episode of the old fantasy tv series Amazing Stories.
Of course the new envisioning of Frankenweenie is going to be in 3D, but with all that glorious black and white, and with animation being particularly well suited to the 3D process, Frankenweenie look like it could be something special. Maybe Oct. 5'th when Frankenweenie opens a little animated dog won't be the only thing that is resurrected. I don't think it's going to cause any arguments to say that Burton's recent output has not had the magic of his earlier work.
Being a hardcore Universal Classic Monsters kid, I'm digging this one sheet in a big way though, and my personal hopes are high.
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