For those who don’t know, director Tim Burton made a short film back in 1984 about a boy who loses his dog and brings it back to life called Frankenweenie.
Now Burton is working on an adaptation of that very same short film (which can be seen here), this time using the stop–motion animation techniques used in other films Burton has directed or produced, such as The Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride. And at the ongoing Disney D23 Expo, an official logo, synopsis, and special notes about the movie have been released.
You can see the official logo above, and you can read the synopsis and notes by continuing on below now.
The voice cast for the movie was set back in 2010, and includes a group of Burton veterans in Martin Landau (Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow), Winona Ryder (Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice), Catherine O’Hara (Beetlejuice, The Nightmare Before Christmas), and Martin Short (Mars Attacks).
From creative genius Tim Burton (“Alice in Wonderland,” The Nightmare Before Christmas”) comes “Frankenweenie,” 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.
* 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.
* Several of the character names—Victor, Elsa Van Helsing, Edgar “E” Gore and Mr. Burgermeister—were inspired by classic horror films.