Frankenweenie is an stop motion animated black and white 3D film from Director Tim Burton. In telling the story of a boy that brings back to life his dog the film pays homage to the Frankenstein films in a wonderful humorous way.
The voice artists include Catherine O’Hara and Martin Short, who play the boy’s father, and Martin Landau, who relishes in one of his character parts as the eccentric eastern european teacher.
From Disney comes acclaimed filmmaker Tim Burton’s “Frankenweenie,” a visually stunning, black-and- white, stop-motion animated film in 3D, featuring the talented voice cast of Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan, Atticus Shaffer, Robert Capron, Conchata Ferrell and Winona Ryder.
“Frankenweenie” is 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.
“Frankenweenie” harkens back to the classic horror films of Tim Burton’s influential youth, not only by filming in black and white, but also in the expression of innocence embodied by the use of stop-motion animation, which respects the simplicity of the story and adds both depth and texture to its presentation.
Burton directed “Frankenweenie”—the first animated feature film that he has ever helmed for Disney—and also produced along with Allison Abbate, with Don Hahn serving as executive producer. Both Abbate and Hahn are animation veterans: Abbate produced, among others, “The Iron Giant” and Burton’s “Corpse Bride,” and Hahn produced Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Lion King.”
The screenplay is by John August, based on a screenplay by Lenny Ripps, based on an original idea by Tim Burton. August’s credits include “Dark Shadows,” “Corpse Bride,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “Big Fish.”