Tim Burton's Frankenweenie
turns the imaginative director's first short film into an entertaining big-screen stop-motion-animated feature, and we have a first look behind the scenes!
"This is such a personal project," says Burton, explaining that the story is "based on my relationship that I had when I was a child with my dog -- that's probably your first big relationship in your life."
In theaters October 5, Frankenweenie is the story of Victor (voiced by Charlie Tahan), a young boy who unexpectedly loses his dog Sparky. Determined to bring him back to life, he sets up a laboratory in his attic and manages to stitch him up and reanimate the beloved creature. But when Sparky gets loose, the entire town learns that getting a new "leash" on life can be monstrous.
"Victor's a very internal boy, a bit of a mad scientist as well, which is always good," explains Burton.
The film returns Burton to the familiar stop-motion-animated stomping ground that he pioneered with The Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride, and he muses, "The animators are taking a lifeless puppet and making it come to life, so it kind of mirrors the Frankenstein story."
Martin Short, Martin Landau, Winona Ryder and Catherine O'Hara also lend their voices to Frankenweenie.