Frankenweenie

Video Interview: Tim Burton & the Cast of Frankenweenie

Responsible for stylish action films like Batman, bizarre love stories like Edward Scissorhands and Academy Award-winning comedy dramas like Ed Wood, director Tim Burton, with this Friday’s release of Frankenweenie, takes a very personal turn with a tribute to classic horror films, intricately crafted in 3D and black and white stop-motion.

Not at all unlike Victor, the young hero of the film, Burton serves a bit of a mad scientist, bringing new life to his 1984 short film of the same name. The spooky adventure begins when Victor Frankenstein loses his dog, Sparky, to a tragic car accident and decides to push the boundaries of natural order, harnessing the power of electricity to bring Sparky back to life.

Although Victor’s experiment seems to go off without a hitch, the secret return of Sparky can’t stay hidden and soon all the children in the neighborhood decide to bring about their own monstrous pets. Reuniting actors from past films, Burton’s voice cast includes Winona Ryder (Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice), Martin Short (Mars Attacks!), Catherine O’Hara (Beetlejuice, The Nightmare Before Christmas) and Martin Landau (Ed Wood) as well as newcomers Charlie Tahan (as Victor) and Atticus Shaffer (as Victor’s friend, Edward E. Gore).

ShockTillYouDrop.com and ComingSoon.net had the chance to speak with Burton and his cast. Check out the video interviews in the player below (in spine-tingling black and white!) and catch Frankenweenie in 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D theaters this Friday, October 5th.

Review: Frankenweenie (Second Opinion)

Nods to classic horror monsters, amazing animation, and a return to old school Tim Burton form make Frankenweenie a lot of fun, but a largely spoiled plot and a bland lead character keep the film from reaching its full potential.

Victor Frankenstein is a young boy living in the town of New Holland. He’s extremely intelligent, but he doesn’t have many friends. Victor is OK with that, though, because he has his dog Sparky to keep him company. That is until Sparky is tragically hit by a car and killed. However, Victor isn’t willing to say goodbye just yet. Victor uses his scientific knowledge to bring Sparky back to life! While he is overjoyed that his friend is alive again, Victor now must hide Sparky from the rest of the world. But it’s not long before his secret gets out and the town is turned upside down by the revelation.

EXCL: John August On the Dark Shadows Movie That Never Was

Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows is making its way onto DVD and Blu-ray tomorrow (Tuesday, October 2nd) and Shock Till You Drop was offered the chance to speak to the original screenwriter of that film, John August.

August is out promoting another Burton effort, Frankenweenie, opening in theaters this Friday (October 5th), however, this writer wanted to know a bit more about his original vision of Dark Shadows before Seth Grahame-Smith came in and did a rewrite on the film.

Asked how much of his work is represented in the final cut, August told me, “Not a lot.  Dark Shadows, when it came to me, it was before Twilight had come out and before True Blood.  They said, ‘Let’s make a big gothic, vampire drama.’  I pitched that and I wrote a Godfather-like saga of the Collins family and Barnabas was at the center of it all.”

Fantastic Fest Interview: Tim Burton Gets Personal In Frankenweenie

Tim Burton’s characteristic gothic vision returns to the screen this Friday with Frankenweenie, the black and white, stop motion-animated, feature-length adaptation of his 1984 short film of the same name.  

The original film heralded the ’85 release of Burton’s first feature – Pee Wee’s Big Adventure – and starred Barret Oliver, Daniel Stern and Shelley Duvall.  Oliver played a young boy whose dog is killed in an accident and resurrected in Frankenstein-like fashion.

The animated redo expands on this idea and introduces a slew of monstrous surprises as well as a talented vocal cast of Winona Ryder, Martin Short, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan and Atticus Shaffer.

Shock Till You Drop met with Burton in Austin, Texas where the director was showing off the film before a Fantastic Fest crowd.

Podcast! Shock Waves 2.4, the Fantastic Fest Episode

It’s post-Fantastic Fest wrap-up time…  

ShockTillYouDrop.com’s Ryan Turek and FEARnet.com’s Lawrence Raffel are back from the 8th annual Austin, Texas event and they’re here to tell you about the best and worst films.  Listen in as they weigh in on Antiviral, American Mary, Frankenweenie, Berberian Sound Studio, Come Out and Play, The American Scream and more!

Music provided by: Nine Inch Nails (“Last” from The Cabin in the Woods soundtrack)

Fantastic Fest Capsule Reviews: Frankenweenie, The ABCs of Death, Here Comes the…

As Fantastic Fest winds down in Austin, Texas, it’s time to play a bit of catch up.  

Shock Till You Drop caught quite a few films at the event and while you can find many of my reviews at this spot, I felt it was time to present some capsule reviews of the other films (plus it will just allow me to get ahead of the festival coverage work load, to be frank).

After the jump, I weigh in on Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie, the horror anthology The ABCs of Death and Here Comes the Devil which garnered multiple awards at the fest.

Frankenweenie Reveals a Special Midnight IMAX Poster

On the heels of its world premiere last night at Fantastic Fest, Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie has revealed the design for a special poster that will be given away to fans attending 12:01am IMAX screenings on October 5. Check out a bigger version after the break!

Featuring the voices of Winona Ryder, Martin Short, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan, Atticus Shaffer, Robert Capron and Conchata Ferrell, Frankenweenie tells the heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life

Fantastic Fest: Frankenweenie Premiere Pics

Night one of Fantastic Fest has come to a close.  I’m currently gathering up thoughts on the films seen so far: American Mary, Antiviral and Frankenweenie, which held its world premiere at the Austin, Texas event.  

The latter played on multiple screens at the Alamo Drafthouse; the organizers even went so far as to have a specific screening just for dogs…and their owners (apparently it went off without a hitch and festival co-founder Tim League said an upholstery cleaning service was immediately descending on the theater post-screening).

In attendance: Director Tim Burton, Martin Landau, Winona Ryder and Charlie Tahan.  Shock was on the red carpet and you’ll see interviews with the gang here soon (we got Landau to trip down memory lane and talk about Alone in the Dark).  In the meantime, head inside for access to our Fantastic Fest photo gallery which includes pics from the premiere.

Sparky Returns In This New Frankenweenie Clip

Another clip from Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie has found its way online.  This one focuses on the Frankenstein-inspired rebirth of the film’s undead pooch, Sparky. Check it out inside…

Opening in 3D and 2D theaters on October 5th, the movie features the voices of Winona Ryder, Martin Short, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan, Atticus Shaffer, Robert Capron and Conchata Ferrell.

We’ll be at the premiere of the film at Fantastic Fest later this week, stay tuned for coverage, photos and a review!

Check Out the First Clip From Frankenweenie

In less than a month, Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie hits theaters and, today, Walt Disney Pictures has released a new clip from the black and white stop motion feature. Check it out in the player after the break!

Opening in 3D and 2D theaters on October 5, the movie features the voices of Winona Ryder, Martin Short, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan, Atticus Shaffer, Robert Capron and Conchata Ferrell.

Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie Reveals Two New TV Spots

With just over a month to go before the stop-motion film hits theaters, Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie has debuted two new TV spots. Check them both out after the break!

Opening in 3D and 2D theaters on October 5, the movie features the voices of Winona Ryder, Martin Short, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan, Atticus Shaffer, Robert Capron and Conchata Ferrell.

Frankenweenie is the 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

The IMAX Policy Teaser for Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie

IMAX and the team behind Frankenweenie have released a new “policy trailer” in anticipation of the stop-motion animated film’s October 5th release.  The Tim Burton-directed film – based on his short film of the same name – features the vocal work of Winona Ryder, Martin Short, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan, Atticus Shaffer, Robert Capron and Conchata Ferrell.  Head inside for the preview.

Karen O and Winona Ryder Featured on Frankenweenie Soundtrack

Walt Disney Pictures announced today that Karen O has written an original song that will be featured in the end credits to Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie.

The song will also be included in the just-announced “Frankenweenie Unleashed!”, a tie-in 14-track compilation that will be released on September 25, 2012. Check out the full track listing below! As singer/songwriter/composer and the lead singer for the rock band the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Karen O has collaborated with artists in music and film over the past ten years, including Spike Jonze, Trent Reznor, David Lynch, Flaming Lips, Barnaby Clay, Carter Burwell and many others. Karen composed the score for the acclaimed 2009 film Where The Wild Things Are (with Burwell,) and she co-wrote the song “All is Love” (with Nick Zinner) which was nominated for a Grammy Award and Golden Globe for Best Original Song for a Motion Picture. 

Nine New Posters for Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie

Disney has gone nuts and released nine new one-sheets for its October 5th release Frankenweenie.  In the promo items released to date, there has been a lot of emphasis on the characters featured in the film and these teaser posters are no different.  “Weird Girl,” “Sparky,” “Victor”…all are represented.  Head inside for a look.

Synopsis: 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.A stop-motion animated film, “Frankenweenie” will be filmed in black and white and rendered in 3D, which will elevate the classic style to a whole new experience.

Comic-Con Interview: Atticus Shaffer of Frankenweenie

Shock Till You Drop sat down with Atticus Shaffer at Comic-Con to talk about Frankenweenie. Atticus lends his vocal talent to the role of Edgar in the film. Shaffer chats with us about his role in the film, working with Tim Burton, and more.

Shock Till You Drop: Tell us about your character, Edgar

Atticus Shaffer: Edgar in Frankenweenie is kind of like the Igor character. He has a hunchback and Peter Lorre accent. He is friends with Victor. He is the strange kid in class. He really wants to be friends with Victor because Victor is a scientist. He wants to work with him on a science fair project. He pursues Victor and through the movie finds out what Victor has done. He becomes more and more attached to Victor as the film progresses.

Shock: What did you do to prepare yourself for the role? Did you watch the original short?

Shaffer: I didn