Disney Sets Frankenweenie and John Carter of Mars Release Dates

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Walt Disney Pictures has announced release dates for two of its anticipated movies for 2012.

The studio is targeting a March 9, 2012 release for the Tim Burton-produced Frankenweenie, written by John August. The film is based on Burton’s 1984 short about a pet dog brought back to life by his loyal owner. While the original “Frankenweenie” was a live-action project, the new one will be made using stop-motion animation and be in 3D.

On June 8, 2012, the studio will release the Andrew Stanton-directed John Carter of Mars, starring Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Daryl Sabara, Polly Walker, Bryan Cranston, Thomas Hayden Church and Willem Dafoe.

Based on the first of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “Barsoom Series,” the film chronicles the journey of Civil-War veteran John Carter (Kitsch), who finds himself battling a new and mysterious war amidst a host of strange Martian inhabitants, including Tars Tarkas (Dafoe) and Dejah Thoris (Collins).