Tim Burton will be reviving his 1984 animated movie Frankenweenie in 2012 bringing the tale of a boy who really loves his dog back to life in the same stop-motion animation that he is famous for, although this time it will be in 3D. Frankenweenie is essentially the retelling of the story of a boy who is an outsider and relies on his dog for companionship and love. Sadly, the dog dies. But then the boy discovers after his beloved dog Sparky dies that he can bring Sparky back to life using electricity similar to the story of how Dr. Frankenstein created the famous Frankenstein monster. He succeeds in bring Sparky back to life but as in most Tim Burton films there is a twist to this success and Sparky goes on to cause havoc throughout the town. While Time Burton is known for the rich, dark landscapes he has created in movies like Sweeney Todd, Sleepy Hollow, and Alice in Wonderland his animated films also have a unique look and feel, thanks to the stop-motion animation he uses, and that will make Frankenweenie instantly recognizable as a Tim Burton film.
While many of his live action films tend to be dark and creepy, and sometimes scary Tim Burton is known for doing animated films that are dark but still have a lot of whimsy. James and the Giant Peach, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and The Corpse Bride are all animated Burton features that contain a lot of elements that would be scary kids but they are presented in such a way that kids don’t feel threatened by them. Tim Burton’s animated films are a safe scare for kids, especially at Halloween when kids want to watch scary movies but as parents you don’t want them to watch too many and get scared.
Tim Burton also tends to work with a lot of the same actors from film to film. Some actors have appeared in almost every film that he has made. That trend will continue with Frankenweenie. Many of the actors who voiced the original characters in the 1984 film are reprising their roles for this new updated version of the classic tale. Listen for stars like Winona Ryder, Conchata Ferrell, Martin Short and Catherine O’Hara to appear as character voices in Frankenweenie. Tim Burton is a master of creating great stop-motion animation so this film should look great and provide a really modern and updated version of the original story. Fans of the original Frankenweenie will definitely want to see the new film and see how many things have changed as well what things have stayed the same.
As a way to drum up interest in the film the studio is creating a traveling art installation that will appear in theatres and malls featuring many of the puppets used in filming the stop-motion animation as well as artwork, posters, storyboards and other items from the opening of the film. The intereactive exhsite will be something fun for all ages to see together.