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Frankenweenie 2012: A Hallowen Movie from Tim Burton

Updated on February 18, 2012

Tim's Burton's Frankenweenie Becomes Full-Length Movie

"Frankenweenie" 2012 is the full-length stop-motion film directed by Tim Burton and based on Buton's 1984 short film. The movie is planned for release on October 5, 2012, just in time to add some chills to your Halloween as you watch the tale of a boy who tries to bring his pet dog back to life after the pooch is hit by a car.

2012 Frankenweenie


1984 Frankenweenie


1984 Frankenweenie

2012 Frankenweenie Expands on 1984 Short Film

Tim Burton's 1984 "Frankenweenie" short was a live-action film starring young Barret Oliver as Victor Frankenstein, a boy who wants to bring his dog back to life. The film was inspired by Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" and was shot in black and white to pay homage to the 1931 Boris Karloff classic.

In the animated 2012 "Frankenweenie" movie, Charlie Tahan is the voice of Victor Frankenstein. It also features the voice talents of Martin Short, Winona Ryder, Catherine O'Hara, Atticus Shaffer, Robert Capron, Martin Landau and Conchata Ferrell.

Disney describes the movie as "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."

Other sites are hinting that Sparky isn't the only reanimated creature who'll be running around. quotes Producer Allison Abate as saying, "...the other kids at school get wind of it and kind of want in." The writer for the website then adds, "...there's every indication that we'll be seeing a lot more pet-based monsters."

It's rather ironic that Disney has given the green light to a full-length version of this movie, as it was one of the reasons Burton was once fired from Disney. IMDB says the original "Frankenweenie" was scheduled to be released with the 1984 re-release of Pinocchio, but it was scrapped after kids were scared by the test screenings. Burton was subsequently fired from Disney for "wasting" money on projects like "Frankenweenie."

Now, however, Disney is counting on the popularity of the director who has scored with hits such as "The Nightmare Before Christmas" and "Alice in Wonderland."

Should Frankenweenie 2012 Be in Color?

The Frankenweenie 2012 movie will be in black and white, just as the original short version was. What do you think?

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      Catherine Taylor 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Interesting, I hadn't realized Disney had been fired from Disney. Wonder why he was willing to partner with them again. I am a huge fan of his work and took my three pre-teen girls to see this film. I loved it, they thought it was just okay and had wished it was in colour. Great review.

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      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      Guess I love nostalgia and voted black and white on your poll. One like this should be! Thanks for the great review! Votes up and sharing.

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      6 years ago

      I've always enjoyed Tim Burton's movies, with only a few rare exceptions, one of which being the origional Frankenweenie. However, the looks to this newer movie is much more appealing, stopmotion being a unique and amazing form of animation. I'm glad the movie is being told in black and white, because many good movies are like so.

    • lisa42 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Sacramento

      Thanks for visiting, Donna. I wish he had done it in color, too, just because my kids will probably have no interest in seeing a movie in B&W, and I definitely want to check it out.

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      Donna Cosmato 

      6 years ago from USA

      Well, this should be worth checking out just to see what direction Burton takes with this angle! I do wish it was in color, however:) Nice review; thanks for the heads up on this upcoming film.


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