Trailer Thursdays: Frankenweenie

Posted on March 8, 2012 |

Cast : Winona Ryder, Martin Short, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Landau, Atticus Shaffer.
Director : Tim Burton
Release Date : October 5, 2012

Synopsis :

After the death of his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of
to bring him back to life. Victor tries to hide his creation, but Sparky
gets out and causes havoc in the town.

A parody/homage to Frankenstein and one of Burton’s early creations, This was originally a 1984 stop motion animation short film starring the voices of Shelley Duvall, Daniel Stern, Sofia Coppola and Jason Hervey.

The story goes that Burton was fired from Disney after this was shot because they felt he wasted company money on a pet project that was too scary for children. When Burton hit it big all those years later, it was finally given a 1994 home video release.

Flash forward to today and Disney, in their infinite wisdom, gave the man who gave them gazillions of box office dollars with “Alice In Wonderland”, carte blanche to do a remake, shot in 3D and released in IMAX theaters.

Most of the voice talents for this new production are part of Burton’s stable of talents which includes Winona Ryder (where as she been?), Martin Short, Catherine O’Hara and Martin Landau. The same people who worked on 2005’s “Corpse Bride” are the artists rendering this world to life.

This to me, has the same vibe and potential to be as good as 2009’s “Coraline” with the same kind of dark overtones with the added bonus of that off kilter Burton touch.

Feast your eyes on the original short film:

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