Tim Burton is deep in production of his stop motion remake to his 1984 featurette Frankenweenie titled, strangely enough, Frankenweenie. Slated for am October 2012 release, we now have the first teaser poster for the new Frankenweenie.
An homage to Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, and the classic 1931 horror film directed by James Whale and starring Boris Karloff, the movie tells the story of a boy named Victor whose dog dies. Victor uses the power of science to bring it back to life…
The original 1984 film by Tim Burton caused quite a rift between the director and Disney. As originally planned, the featurette (30 minutes in length; longer than a short but not a feature-length film) was to presented before the U.S. before a re-release of Pinocchio on Dec. 21, 1984. When Disney saw the film, they immediately pulled it, and then fired Burton. The studio claimed that Burton had wasted company resources and felt the film was too scary for young audiences.
By 1994, seeing Burton’s successes with films such as Batman and Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, Disney rethought their ban and released the featurette to home video.
The modern film has seen a tumultuous release schedule. Originally slated for a November 2011 release, the release was pushed to March 9th last September. In October, Disney’s John Carter was moved into the March release date, and Frankenweenie was move to it’s current October release date.
The modern retake on the film will be a stop-motion feature, and produced in Disney 3D. Charlie Tahan is voicing the lead character Victor Frankenstein, while Burton alums Winona Ryder voices Elsa van Helsing and Catherine O’Hara will speak for Susan Frankenstein. Rounding out the cast are Martin Short as Victor’s Dad and Martin Landau as Mr. Rzykruski.