Remember how Tim Burton went from being the director with original films like Beetlejuice, Batman, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, and Edward Scissorhands to the man who reinterprets all the movies from your childhood (Planet of the Apes, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Alice in Wonderland). Well, according to SlashFilm, he’s set to do it again with a full-length remake of his own 1984 short film, Frankenweenie. In 3-D… Of course.
Coming off of the monolithic financial success of his Alice update and continuing to ride the current 3-D revival trend (that seemingly has no end in sight, at least until we get a one-two punch as horrible as Friday the 13th Part III and Jaws 3-D to kill it off once again), Burton seems to be at a point where he can write his own check, career-wise. And for him, apparently, it means taking his fantastically dark and odd comedy—a black and white half-hour short in which a young boy uses electricity to revive his recently deceased dog—and stretching it to feature length, and rendering it in stop-motion animation.
All cynicism aside, it could work (Burton’s excelled with stop-motion before), but one can’t help but shake the feeling that after all the remakes he’s done, Burton should leave his own perfection alone. And if he’s going to do dip into his own well and make something that he’s already made, can we at least get a Beetlejuice 2 instead? Because THAT is something I would pay to see. But can we see it in 2-D please?
What do you think of Burton’s plans to remake Frankenweenie?