Wednesday 27 June 2012

Trailer Park: Frankenweenie

You can't teach an old dog new tricks, but it turns out you can teach a dead dog new tricks...

Tim Burton is about to make a much welcomed return to the world of stop-motion animation with his upcoming film Frankenweenie. For a young boy named Victor (Charlie Tahan) who loses his dog and best friend Sparky, life is tough. That is until he is inspired to bring his four legged companion back from the dead, an event that could lead to all hell breaking loose... quite literally!

With a story that is clearly based on Mary Shelley's classic gothic horror Frankenstein, Tim Burton's new film Frankenweenie is also based on another source: a film called Frankenweenie by Tim Burton! Yes you read that correctly, although the explanation behind this is hardly Inception worthy as you may think; back in 1984 a young Burton made a 30 minute live-action short film of the same name. Now nearly 30 years on, and Tim Burton's ambition to make turn his classic short into a full length feature film has finally been realised.

In a world in which CGI is often relied upon in filmmaking, it is always refreshing to see some more old fashioned methods being opted for instead, especially stop-motion animation in which the high levels of detail always add an extra dimension to the film that a pair of cheap 3D glasses could only dream of! This can already been seen thanks to a new trailer for the film which has been released today, ready for you to watch below. For extra brownie points you can also watch the original 1984 short film which I have embedded below the trailer - keep an eye open for any similar shots between the two videos to see how true Burton is staying to the original...

Frankenweenie is released in cinemas across the UK on October 17th 2012.

Glad to see Burton resurrect Frankenweenie, or should he stay dead and buried? Will it be a blockbuster or lacklustre? Leave your comments below!

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