Disney has unveiled new images for two very different animated offerings it has scheduled for release in 2012: the Pixar princess fairy tale, Brave, and director Tim Burton’s 3D stop-motion, movie based on his famous 1984 short film, Frankenweenie.

Multiple trailers and images have already been unveiled for Pixar’s next computer-animated flick; by comparison, only a handful of still frames and production photos have been released for Burton’s new movie, up to this point. Nonetheless, it shouldn’t be too long before a teaser trailer for Frankenweenie hits the scene.

Here is an official synopsis for Brave, followed by a new pic from the film:

A grand adventure full of heart, memorable characters and signature Pixar humor, “Brave” uncovers a new tale in the mysterious Highlands of Scotland where the impetuous Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald) defies an age-old custom and inadvertently unleashes chaos, forcing her to discover the meaning of true bravery before it’s too late.


Now check out the official description of Frankenweenie, along with its respective new image:

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.


Brave looks to boast plenty of Pixar’s (now, customary) lushly-colored and organically-detailed animation, while Frankenweenie will feature cutting-edge puppet animation and Burton’s usual brand of creatively Gothic production design; so, as far as visual ingenuity goes, both of these Disney-backed projects should easily prove to be worthwhile.

Similarly, the two are employing the services of a pretty talented (collective) voice acting cast that includes people such as Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire), Emma Thompson (Sense and Sensibility), and Robbie Coltrane (the Harry Potter series) on the Brave side – along with “Burton-verse” staples like Winona Ryder, Catherine O’Hara, and Martin Landau for Frankenweenie.

As far as story goes: Brave is arguably the more intriguing of these two projects, simply because it aims to offer both an innovative take on the traditional princess fairy tale and work as an original tale that mixes all the usual Pixar ingredients – ie. colorful side characters, humor, and mature dramatic themes. Frankenweenie is still a clever little twist on the conventional “boy and his dog” story that pays direct homage to one particular Gothic/Romantic horror title (obviously, Frankenstein) but it is still a tale that Burton has told (effectively) before.

Brave is slated to hit 2D and 3D theaters around the U.S. on June 22nd, 2012.

Frankenweenie will be released in U.S. theaters (both 2D and 3D) on October 5th, 2012.

Source: Stitch Kingdom