Even though Dark Shadows is the first Tim Burton-directed movie due to hit theaters in 2012, a trailer for that film has yet to be released. Instead, today marks the arrival of a teaser trailer for the Gothic artist's upcoming return to the world of stop-motion animation: a feature-length treatment of Burton's original 1984 black-and-white short riff on the Frankenstein story, otherwise known as Frankenweenie.
Frankenweenie is a 3D project which retains the B&W aesthetic of Burton's original half-hour movie (as a homage to classic horror titles of the early 20th century) and reunites the filmmaker with such familiar folk as Winona Ryder, Catherine O'Hara, Martin Landau, and Martin Short - who are all lending their vocals to Burton's latest warped mix of macabre whimsy and tender sentiment.
Adolescent actor Charlie Tahan also lends his voice to Frankenweenie as Victor, a young boy heart-broken by the unexpected death of his beloved dog, Sparky. When Victor thereafter uses the "power of science" to resurrect his beloved pet, he's overjoyed about being reunited with his best friend. Everyone else in the neighborhood... well, they don't take so kindly to Sparky's return from the grave.
Check out the teaser trailer for Frankenweenie below:
Big-eyed oddball characters, a "monster" who's just misunderstood, an off-kilter portrayal of suburban life - all brought to life with an aesthetic that can immediately be identified as "Burton-esque"? Frankeweenie is clearly another chip off the old block for the Beetlejuice director, and it looks as though the film will find him back in top form after his thematically disappointing (but still extremely lucrative) work on Alice in Wonderland.
Screenwriter John August (Big Fish, Corpse Bride) is collaborating with Burton for a fourth time here, and is the main force responsible for fleshing out the filmmaker's original Frankenweenie story so that it can sustain a 90-minute (or so) movie and still offer plenty of entertainment value. Based on August's previous work, there's good reason to suspect he's up to the task.
Basically, those who have gotten their fill of Burton cinematic ghouslishness: suffice it to say, Frankenweenie isn't for you. Everyone else who still loves the filmmaker's brand of twisted eye candy and weirdly moving stories: you'll probably want to give this one a look.
Frankenweenie is slated to hit 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D theaters around the U.S. on October 5th, 2012.
Source: Yahoo! Movies
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