The prince of darkness stops us motionless with his next creation

After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor (Frankenstien) harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, the entire town's residents learn that getting a new "leash on life" can be monstrous.


This past year I had the opportunity of working with animators Carl Paolino and Matthew Manning (both of MTV's Celebrity Deathmatch fame) on the forthcoming stop-motion animated short The Halloween Pranksta as the project's cinematographer. When approached by Paolino I jumped at the chance to work within my favorite genre and also get a rare inside look at two seasoned artists plying their craft on an artform that has fascinated me since childhood. As a result, I have gained an added appreciation for both the craft and its artisans.

So when I saw the news that Tim Burton's next production - FRANKENWEENIE - was a Gothic stop-motion animated film—in black and white (!)—I couldn't help but jump for horrific joy. Yet another chance to see the work of a master in a magical medium, as well as share the experience with my 9-year old son, Ethan (the family's next emerging horrorphile)!

This past week Walt Disney Studios released the first trailer for the film and it looks amazing. Charlie Tahan (I Am Legend) is the voice of young Victor Frankenstien and Catherine O'Hara (The Nightmare Before Christmas) hones in on Susan Frankenstien. The cast is rounded by out by Winona Ryder, Martin Short, Martin Landau, and Conchata Ferrell, who take on a myriad of characters in the production.

Tim Burton (the dark prince) studies a model of Sparky.
Assistant art director, Barry Jones, dresses the Frankenweenie classroom set. Frankenweenie animator, Jens Gulliksen, animating Victor outside the pet cemetery.

Frakenweenie is set to hit theaters in wide release on October 5, 2012 in IMAX 3D - just in time for this year's Halloween season! The film promises to be fun for the entire family.


Frankenweenie (2012) is based on Burton's 29 minute live action short film Frankenweenie (1984) featuring Barret Oliver as Victor Frankenstein and Shelly Duvall as Susan Frankenstein. There was also a voice cameo by Sofia Coppola.

The last stop-motion animated film directed by Burton was Corpse Bride, starring long-time collaborator Johnny Depp and his wife Helena Bonham Carter.


Visit the film's official website: http://disney.com/Frankenweenie

Become friends with Tim Burton's Frankenweenie at FRANKENWEENIE

Edwin Pagán, LH




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