Tim Burton’s “Frankenweenie” Coming October 5, 2012

This post will contain all the official information from Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures regarding Tim Burton’s “Frankenweenie.”  In Tim Burton’s “Frankenweenie” young Victor conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences.  The film is currently scheduled to open on October 5, 2012.

Update December 1, 2012

From Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

Disney and creative genius Tim Burton (creator of “The Nightmare Before Christmas”) proudly announce the home entertainment debut of “Frankenweenie” arriving as a 4-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital and On Demand — January 8, 2013.

Frankenweenie Blu Ray Cover Art

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A must-add to any Tim Burton collection, the hilarious 3D stop-motion animated masterpiece is filled with quirky characters and unexpected twists.  Boasting an electrifying variety of bonus materials, the 4-Disc Combo Pack (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) includes an all-new original short “Captain Sparky vs The Flying Saucers;” an exciting behind-the-scenes featurette with Tim Burton “Miniatures in Motion: Bringing ‘Frankenweenie’ to Life;” a showcase of the film’s touring exhibit, “‘Frankenweenie’ Touring Exhibit;” Tim Burton’s live-action short of the same name, and more.

The Blu-ray Combo Pack’s spectacular picture and sound enhances the tale of a boy who uses the power of science to bring his beloved dog back to life… and a whole town faces the unexpected and electrifying truth of what happens when monstrous experiments run wild!

“Frankenweenie” features an all-star cast including the voices of Emmy Award-winner Catherine O’Hara, Tony Award-winner Martin Short, Academy Award-winner Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan, Atticus Shaffer, Robert Capron, Conchata Ferrell and Golden Globe-winner Winona Ryder.

The “Frankenweenie” suggested retail prices are: 4-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack = $49.99 US/$56.99 Canada. 2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack = $39.99 US/$46.99 Canada. 1-Disc DVD = $29.99 US/$35.99 Canada

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Update October 9, 2012

Click here to download four, fun Frankenweenie inspired pumpkin carving templates, just in time for Halloween.

Update October 3, 2012

George Gensler provided this spoiler-free review of “Frankenweenie” that opens this Friday, October 5, 2012.

"FRANKENWEENIE" Turtle Monster © 2012 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

 

Update September 18, 2012

Behind the scenes, making of “Frankenweenie” featurette released including Tim Burton, Don Hahn, Allison Abbate, and members of the voice cast all describing their roles in creating the film.

Update September 11, 2012

Walt Disney Studios shared with us a printable activity book filled with games, activities and “mad scientist” experiments themed towards the new film.  A second activity book contains four different printable character masks.  Click here to print out both activity books.

(L-R) SPARKY and VICTOR. ©2012 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

 

Update September 8, 2012

In Walt Disney’s FRANKENWEENIE MONSTROUS SWEEPSTAKES, one Grand Prize winner will receive a 4 day/3 night vacation for four to the Disneyland Resort to experience the world of Tim Burton and “Frankenweenie” during Halloween Time, including:

  • “The Art of Frankenweenie Exhibit” at the Disney California Adventure theme park, where you can get an up-close look at the sets, puppets, props, and a special 4D extended preview of the film before “Frankenweenie” comes to theaters on October 5th
  • Jack Skellington’s “Haunted Mansion Holiday” at the Disneyland Park.

To enter, visit www.disney.com/frankenweeniesweeps online or text EDGAR to DISNEY (347639) to enter for a chance to win. Contest ends October 7, 2012.

Update September 5, 2012

Tim Burton’s “Frankenweenie” is a heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog, and based on the very personal connection the acclaimed filmmaker had with his own dog.  Burton explains: “The reason I originally wanted to make ‘Frankenweenie’ was based on growing up and loving horror movies.  But it was also the relationship I had when I was a child with a certain dog that I had.  Click here for more behind-the-scenes details on the creation of “Frankenweenie.”

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Update August 28, 2012

“Frankenweenie” merchandise is coming to the Disney Parks, and most likely to a Disney Store near you as well. More details can be found on the Disney Parks Blog, but I couldn’t resist sharing this image of the Sparky and Persephone stuffed animals. No word on whether Sparky’s tail remains attached.

Sparky and Persephone plushes ©2012 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

 

Update August 26, 2012

It’s National Dog Day! Have a good one…

Update August 25, 2012

Tim Burton returns to his animation roots TV spot released.

Update August 16, 2012

Additional images released for “Frankenweenie.”

(L-R) PERSEPHONE, EDGAR "E" GORE, ELSA VAN HELSING and WERE-RAT. ©2012 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

(L-R) SPARKY and VICTOR. ©2012 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

SPARKY. ©2012 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

 

Update July 26, 2012

Second batch of character stills and descriptions released.

MAYOR BURGEMEISTER Photo by: Simon Jacobs. ©2012 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Mr. Burgemeister (voiced by Martin Short) is the Frankenstein’s next-door neighbor and Mayor of New Holland. A crotchety fuss-bucket, he is fanatical about his garden and can’t stand Sparky or anything else that threatens the perfection of his tulips. Mr. Burgemeister also asserts his authority over his niece Elsa Van Helsing by making her the reluctant star of his New Holland Dutch Day celebration.

EDGAR "E" GORE. © 2012 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Photo by: Simon Jacobs.

Edgar “E” Gore (voiced by Atticus Shaffer) is a needy misfit who doesn’t have friends but is desperate to be Victor’s partner for the science fair. In his attempts to be accepted ‘E’ tends to mess things up and often fails to think before he speaks. Even though ‘E’ promises not to tell Victor’s secret, he accidentally spills the beans.

Mr. RZYKRUSKI. © 2012 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Photo by: Peter Sorg.

Mr. Rzykruski (voiced by Martin Landau) is the new science teacher at New Holland Elementary School. He has a thick, Eastern European accent and a unique way of explaining things. He connects with his students; however, parents misunderstand his passionate teaching style. Mr. Rzykruski serves as a mentor and inspiration to Victor, teaching him that science can do both good and bad things and that if a scientist does not put his heart into his experiment, there could be disastrous consequences.

NASSOR © 2012 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Photo by: Peter Sorg.

Nassor (voiced by Martin Short) is highly intelligent, serious and intense. He takes a darker, more doomsday view on life than the other kids in New Holland. Nassor is instantly skeptical of the rumors surrounding Victor’s experiments with electricity, but once convinced, he is zealous in his quest to obtain Victor’s secrets.

WEIRD GIRL. © 2012 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Photo by: Peter Sorg.

Weird Girl (voiced by Catherine O’Hara) doesn’t fit in well with the other kids in New Holland, but it’s easy to see why—she delivers ominous pronouncements in a monotone voice with an unnerving stare. Her constant companion is her fluffy, white cat Mr. Whiskers, whose unblinking gaze matches her own. The other kids give them a wide berth—especially when Weird Girl rambles about Mr. Whiskers’ dreams.

Update July 25, 2012

In homage to classic monster movie posters, this is the exclusive “Frankenweenie” poster that debuted and was available at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.

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Update July 17, 2012

Character stills and descriptions released for “Frankenweenie”

SPARKY. Photo by: Simon Jacobs. ©2012 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Sparky is a devoted and playful bull terrier whose sense of curiosity is matched only by his beloved owner, Victor. Sparky enjoys chasing after balls and being the star of Victor’s homemade movies. He exudes tons of energy and enthusiasm, which even his untimely death doesn’t diminish.

VICTOR Photo by: Simon Jacobs. ©2012 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Victor Frankenstein (voiced by Charlie Tahan) is a clever and industrious 10-year-old boy who is inspired by science. He lives with his parents and dog, Sparky, in the town of New Holland. Victor immerses himself in making films and inventing in his attic workshop. When Sparky dies in a car accident, Victor uses scientific ingenuity to bring him back to life.

MR. & MRS. FRANKENSTEIN. Photo by: Peter Sorg. ©2012 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Mr. Frankenstein (Voiced by Martin Short) is a travel agent, friendly and social, who likes to dispense roundabout advice to his son. He is proud of Victor’s accomplishments, but is concerned he doesn’t have any friends other than Sparky. He would prefer his son be more social and encourages him to join the baseball team. Mr. Frankenstein has a playful and loving relationship with his wife, Victor’s mom.

Mrs. Frankenstein (Voiced by Catherine O’Hara) is a loving and supportive mother who encourages her son’s scientific pursuits, even when her kitchen appliances end up in his attic lab. She is an avid reader and loves to watch movies with her husband and enjoys the company of her family and her books.

ELSA VAN HELSING Photo by: Simon Jacobs. ©2012 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Elsa Van Helsing (voiced by Winona Ryder) is a soulful and somber classmate of Victor. She lives next door to him with her tyrant uncle, Mayor Burgemeister, who forces her to be this year’s “Little Dutch Girl” at the town’s celebration of Dutch Day. Elsa also has a beloved pet, her poodle Persephone, and truly empathizes with Victor when he loses Sparky.

PERSEPHONE Photo by: Simon Jacobs. ©2012 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Persephone is a perfectly groomed black poodle with an enormously large poof of hair on her head. She is curious and flirtatious with Sparky and fiercely loyal to Elsa, her owner. When Persephone and Sparky first meet in the backyard, the attraction is instantaneous and electrifying.

TOSHIAKI Photo by: Peter Sorg. ©2012 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Toshiaki (voiced by James Hiroyuki Liao) is over-achieving and mega-competitive. He delights in beating Victor at his own game and like a power-hungry, mad scientist, Toshiaki will stop at nothing to win the top prize in the school’s science fair—even if it means stealing Victor’s ideas to do it.

BOB. Photo by: Simon Jacobs. ©2012 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Bob (voiced by Robert Capron) is a momma’s boy who is the brawn to Toshiaki’s brains. He is agreeable and never mean-spirited, but on the flip side he’s easily led and gullible. Bob follows Toshiaki everywhere, but is the first one to run to Victor for help when he gets in over his head.

BOB'S MOM. Photo by: Simon Jacobs. ©2012 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Bob’s Mom (voiced by Conchata Ferrell) is a plump, suburban housewife who is prone to panic and hysteria when things go awry. She has very simple, stereotypical views on life, which she isn’t shy about sharing with the community. She dotes on her son Bob and believes her actions, though often misguided, are in his best interest.

Update July 13, 2012

Another trailer released for Tim Burton’s “Frankenweenie” – this one an homage to the B-movies of the 50’s.

Update June 28, 2012

Second trailer released for Tim Burton’s “Frankenweenie.”

Update June 12, 2012

Disney announced “The Art of Frankenweenie Exhibition” will premiere in Barcelona, Spain, at CineEurope, June 18-21, and in the U.S. at Comic-Con 2012 in San Diego, California, July 11-15. When the tour is complete it will have visited seven countries, including Spain, France, England, Japan, Mexico, Canada and the U.S.A.

Exhibition tour stops include:

  • Barcelona June 18-21
  • San Diego July 11-15
  • Mexico July 27 – Aug 7
  • Toronto Aug 23-26
  • Anaheim Sept 14 – Nov 5
  • Madrid Sept – Oct
  • London Oct
  • Paris Oct – Nov
  • Tokyo Dec

Update May 31, 2012

“Payoff” poster released for “Frankenweenie”

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Update May 7, 2012

Film stills and behind-the-scenes images released for Tim Burton’s “Frankenweenie.”

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(L-R) Mr. FRANKENSTEIN, VICTOR, SPARKY and Mrs. FRANKENSTEIN. © 2012 Disney Enterprises. All Rights Reserved.

VICTOR. © 2012 Disney Enterprises. All Rights Reserved.

Finished film frame of the roof of the Frankenstein house. © 2012 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Concept art of the roof of the Frankenstein house. © 2012 Disney Enterprises. All Rights Reserved.

Different variations of SPARKY in the Sculpting Department. © 2012 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Producer Allison Abbate reviews characters in the Sculpting Department with Ian Mackinnon. © 2012 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

VICTOR with notes. © 2012 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Production Designer Rick Heinrichs. © 2012 Disney Enterprises. All Rights Reserved.

Production Designer Rick Heinrichs. © 2012 Disney Enterprises. All Rights Reserved.

 

Update March 1, 2012

Debut trailer and another group of images released for “Frankenweenie.”

(L-R) VICTOR and SPARKY. ©2012 Disney Enterprises. All Rights Reserved.

(Pictured) BOB'S MOM. ©2012 Disney Enterprises. All Rights Reserved.

(Pictured) PERSEPHONE. ©2012 Disney Enterprises. All Rights Reserved.

(Pictured) EDGAR. ©2012 Disney Enterprises. All Rights Reserved.

 

Update February 22, 2012

First “one sheet” poster released for Tim Burton’s “Frankenweenie” by Walt Disney Studios.

Update January 19, 2012:

Additional image released by Walt Disney Studios for Tim Burton’s “Frankenweenie.”

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Victor happily examines his beloved dog Sparky after he successfully brings him back to life in “Frankenweenie,” a new stop-motion, animated comedy from director Tim Burton.

Update December 23, 2011:

Walt Disney Studios released an additional image for “Frankenweenie.”

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Update December 17, 2011:

Walt Disney Studios released production images for “Frankenweenie” – opens nationwide in 3D on October 5, 2012.


Animator, Matias Liebrecht, animating Victor on the Attic set. Photo by: Leah Gallo  © 2011 Disney Enterprises, Inc.  All Rights Reserved.


Animator, Jens Gulliksen, animating Victor on the Pet Cemetery set. Photo by: Leah Gallo  © 2011 Disney Enterprises, Inc.  All Rights Reserved.


Assistant Art Director, Barry Jones, set dressing the Classroom set. Photo by: Leah Gallo  © 2011 Disney Enterprises, Inc.  All Rights Reserved.

Update October 28, 2011:

Walt Disney Studios released images for “Frankenweenie” – opens nationwide in 3D on October 5, 2012.


In Tim Burton’s “Frankenweenie,” Sparky, a playful and curious bull terrier, is enthusiastically devoted to his young owner, Victor. © Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.


Surrounded by equipment in his attic lab, Young Victor (voiced by Charlie Tahan) attempts to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life with lessons he learned about electricity from his science teacher Mr. Rzykruski (voiced by Martin Landau). © Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.


Director/Producer Tim Burton studies a model of Sparky during the making of Walt Disney Pictures’ “Frankenweenie,” a 3D, stop-motion, animated film about a young boy who conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog back to life. Photo by: Leah Gallo © Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Update August 20, 2011:

On August 20 at the D23 Expo, Producers Don Hahn and Allison Abbate gave fans a sneak peek at what’s to come in next year’s “Frankenweenie”, including a demonstration on how these fascinating characters come to life through stop-motion animation.

Producers Don Hahn and Allison Abbate, ©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved.

Producers Don Hahn and Allison Abbate, ©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved.

Update August 1, 2011:

From Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures press release:

Genre: Animated comedy
Rating: TBD
U.S. Release date: October 5, 2012
Running time:
Voice Cast: Winona Ryder, Martin Short, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan, Atticus Shaffer, Robert Capron, Conchata Ferrell
Director: Tim Burton
Producers: Tim Burton, Allison Abbate
Executive Producer: Don Hahn
Screenplay by: John August
Based on an original idea by: Tim Burton

From creative genius Tim Burton (“Alice in Wonderland,” The Nightmare Before Christmas”) comes “Frankenweenie,” a 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—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.

NOTES:

  • When Tim Burton originally conceived the idea for “Frankenweenie,” he envisioned it as a full-length, stop-motion animated film. Due to budget constraints, he instead directed it as a live-action short, released in 1984.
  • “Frankenweenie” follows in the footsteps of Tim Burton’s other stop-motion animated films “Corpse Bride” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas”—both of which were nominated for Academy Awards®.
  • Over 200 puppets and sets were created for the film.
  • The voice cast includes four actors who worked with Burton on previous films: Winona Ryder (“Beetlejuice,” “Edward Scissorhands”), Catherine O’Hara (“Beetlejuice,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas”), Martin Short (“Mars Attacks!”) and Martin Landau (“Ed Wood,” Sleepy Hollow”).
  • Several of the character names—Victor, Elsa Van Helsing, Edgar “E” Gore and Mr. Burgermeister— were inspired by classic horror films.

 

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