February 15th, 2011
03:56 PM ET
Back when offbeat director Tim Burton was starting out at Walt Disney Pictures as an animator, he shot a short live action film called "Frankenweenie" (his budget didn't allow for it to be animated). It told the story of a boy scientist who brought his dead dog back to life, a la "Frankenstein."
The movie didn't get much notice until after Burton gained a cult following with his films "Pee-wee's Big Adventure" and "Beetlejuice."
Now, 27 years later, Burton has come full circle.
He's working on a full-length animated feature version of "Frankenweenie" in the style of "The Nightmare Before Christmas," with a voice cast filled with past Burton movie actors including Winona Ryder, Martin Short, Martin Landau and Catherine O'Hara.
According to Disney, over 200 puppets and sets were created for the film, and several of the characters (Victor, Elsa, Edgar "E" Gore) are homages to "Frankenstein."
The movie is set for release on October 5, 2012.
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