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Frankenweenie Trailer Arrives

Disney has premiered the first trailer for Frankenweenie, Tim Burton’s 3D black and white stop-motion remake of his own 1984 short film of the same name. A parody of, and homage to, the 1931 film Frankenstein and Mary Shelley’s classic novel, the original Frankenweenie is what got Burton fired from Disney nearly three decades ago.

The feature-length remake, which reunites the director with Winona Ryder, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Landau, Martin Short and Conchata Ferrell, opens Oct. 5.

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.


  • Statham

    YAWN. Is Burton capable of originality, these days? It’s either yet another ‘collaboration’ (read, sure thing/safe bet) with Depp, an adaptation of a property that isn’t his own, or a remake. 

    Where’s the Tim Burton that gave us Beetlejuice or Edward Scissorhands, or even Big Fish? It’s hard to believe he ever did those sorts of films.

  • Jssxiii

    this is his original story, he made it originally in 1984.

  • Duskknight45

    Next person who says something negative, I’m going to kick them in the face :P.

  • Cjorg2

    Fuck off Moron.  He’s more talented than a loser like you.  Your only talent is being a boring prat.

  • Anonymous

    How does repeatedly working with an actor count as not being creative? Your post doesn’t make any sense. For the record my main problem with Burton is his casual adherence to pacing and tone, it comes up over and over again. Alice in Wonderland was a good example, it was all over the place.

  • Motopu

    Burton has always been derivative. The whole Burton “look” is Edward Gorey put to film. A generation of suburban p****ies has grown up thinking that Burton’s family and Republican-safe bourgeois commentary on the loveable creepiness of everyday outsiders (goths) is somehow dangerous. He’s the recupperation of the outsider. His characters are the outsiders who grow up to be your boss.

    And I say that having enjoyed Ed Wood, the Pee Wee movies, and his remake of Planet of the Apes. But come on, people rip on Batman Forever as having ruined the franchise. Tim Burton’s Batman movies were boring and claustrophobic, basically like watching a kid play with his doll house and action figures. Christopher Nolan’s Batman is at least worth watching, even if they are his weakest films. 

    Burton will be remembered as an efficient but soulless interpreter of other peoples’ creativity. He is essentially an ad man who gets to make full length commercials and call them movies. In that, he’s typical of Hollywood.