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Disney Tosses Us a Bone with New Frankenweenie Details

Even though we still have a long wait ahead of us, we’re pretty stoked to see the full-length version of Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie coming our way in 3D on October 5th, 2012. A few more details around the project have come to light, including the synopsis, and we have them all for you right here to chew on!

FrankenweenieFrankenweenie stars Winona Ryder as the voice of Elsa and Martin Landau as the voice of Mr. Rzykruski. In addition, Martin Short and Catherine O’Hara take on the voices of multiple characters. Charlie Tahan and Atticus Shaffer also star.

• 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.

More soon!

Synopsis
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.

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