Burton returning to his roots with 'Frankenweenie'
February 15th, 2011
03:56 PM ET

Burton returning to his roots with 'Frankenweenie'

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.

Burton fans: are you looking forward to this movie? Comment below.

soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Andrew Jacobs

    I love this idea and that he can take it back to stop motion animation. We are doing a tribute film to Tim called Tim. It is stop motion animation and is narrated by Sir Christopher Lee. http://timthemovie.com

    February 16, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. LoopsFroot

    Tim Burton can do no wrong in my book.

    February 16, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  3. Dr Frank N Furter

    Frankenweenee...thats small potatos

    February 16, 2011 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
  4. Joanne

    I remember my high school teacher bringing in Frankenweenie. Loved it. I think one of the strengths of his movie is the sets and the world created, so I can't wait for a full-length version

    February 16, 2011 at 6:24 am | Report abuse |
  5. Elaine

    I'm looking forward more to Dark Shadows......Burton as director, Depp as Barnabas Collins and Eva Green as Angelique....ooooooooooh a film you can really sink your teeth in....lol.

    February 16, 2011 at 3:01 am | Report abuse |
  6. say it ain't so Joe

    When will Hollywood wise up and stop giving him films to ruin, I mean direct.
    Planet of the Apes
    Willy Wonka

    Tim, haven't you done enough damage? Put the camera down slowly and just walk away before you destroy another film.

    February 16, 2011 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Robyn

      He did not direct 9. He actually didn't have much of a hand in it. It was originally a short by a college student as his final project that was then brought to be made as a full length movie. The student was inspired by Tim Burton, but Tim Burton himself did not have a hand in it other than perhaps producing it.

      Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (the proper name of the movie you said. Willy Wonka was the name of the Gene Wilder version) was so so, but there were a number of people who liked it. As well as with Planet of the Apes, which actually had some pretty good makeup.

      February 16, 2011 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  7. Francis Buxton

    A timeless classic that has been passed down for generations... .

    February 15, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Paul

    He just needs to stop now.

    February 15, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Fred Barnett

    I still have the original!

    February 15, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sergio Tavel

    This is a story that really needed to be told in a full-lenght animated movie; the live-action version is amazing, and the fact that Tim has revisited his old drawings of Victor and Frankenweenie is just brilliant.
    I'm sure this is going to be a cult classic for Burton fans everywhere.

    February 15, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Chris

    Awesome idea. I always enjoyed the film as a child, but I always wondered why it was so short in length! Turning it into an animated feature will really leave a lot of opportunities for the storyline, and a few fun and crazy things as well. Good idea. I'm looking forward to this one.

    February 15, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |

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