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Tim Burton's Frankenweenie 2012

Updated on February 28, 2013

Full-Length Frankenweenie 2012 Coming to Theaters in October

When it comes to creepy stop-motion movies, Tim Burton is the master. This year the master brings us Frankenweenie 2012, a full-length version of Burton's 1984 short film by the same name. Planned for release on October 5, just in time for Halloween, this stop-motion picture done in black and white tells the story about a boy named Victor who tries to brings his beloved dog back to life.

(Frankenweenie logo courtesy Disney)

Frankenweenie (2012) - Short film that helped get Burton fired is redone as full-length movie

frankenweenie 2012 movie still
frankenweenie 2012 movie still

These days, Tim Burton is one of Hollywood's hottest directors. Having his name on a film almost ensures it will bring in big box office dollars. His quirky adaptation of "Alice in Wonderland" was the second highest-grossing film of 2010 (behind "Toy Story 3") and the ninth highest-grossing movie of all time. But back in the 1980s, Burton was a young animator, storyboard artist and concept artist who wanted to direct his own movies. Disney gave him the chance, but when Burton's short film "Frankenweenie" was deemed too scary for kids, he was fired.

Now Disney is giving Burton a chance to try it again.

Burton's 2012 "Frankenweenie" is a full-length version of the film that got him fired. The 1984 "Frankenweenie" was a live action short. The new version is stop-motion animation, but like the original, the animated flick will be in black and white only to pay homage to the the classic 1931 "Frankenstein" starring Boris Karloff.

Burton's version doesn't include a tall green monster. Instead, the movie is described by Disney 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."

About 200 Puppets Were Made for Frankenweenie

Including 16 Sparkys (eight dead, eight alive), 14 Victors and other characters

1984 Frankenweenie - Available from Amazon Instant Video

Disney didn't release this movie when it was first created. Instead, after kids in test audiences didn't react well to the film, Disney canned Burton. But when he became famous, they released the movie on VHS. It's still available on VHS, but the easiest way to watch it is to get the streaming download from Amazon. The 1984 short version of "Frankenweenie" is 28 minutes long.


This is the 1984 short film that got Burton fired. Stars Shelley Duvall and Daniel Stern.


Frankenweenie 2012 comes out October 5, 2012

Cast of Frankenweenie 2012

Voice cast includes many big names

The voice cast for "Frankenweenie" 2012 includes many actors who have worked with Burton before.

Charlie Tahan - Victor Frankenstein

Winona Ryder - Elsa van Helsing

Catherine O'Hara - Victor's Mom / Weird Girl / Gym Teacher

Martin Short - Victor's Dad / Nassor / Mr. Bergermeister

Martin Landau - Mr. Rzykruski

Robert Capron - Bob

Atticus Shaffer - Edgar

James Hiroyuki Liao - Toshiaki

Conchata Ferrell - Bob's Mom

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