Walt Disney Pictures have announced the release dates for two of their most anticipated features, Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie and John Carter of Mars. Both will be released in 2012 and are expected to be major tentpoles for the studio. The scheduling marks an interesting change of events for Frankenweenie, which was previously set to hit theaters in 2011.

Frankenweenie was originally produced and directed by Burton while he was a student in film school back in 1984. The story centers on a dog who’s brought back to life after he gets hit by a car and dies. He gets stitched up by his owners, which gives him a Frankenstein-like appearance, hence the name. The film is now scheduled to debut in theaters on March 9, 2012.

John Carter of Mars is a 3D, CGI, live action hybrid adaptation of the Edgar Rice Burroughs property of the same name. The film stars Taylor Kitsch as the title character and centers on a civil war veteran who finds himself mysteriously transported to Mars, where his involvement with warring races of the dying planet force him to rediscover his humanity. The film will hit theaters on June 8, 2012.

I’m honestly looking forward to both of these films. I remember watching the Frankenweenie short in college and I’m interested to see what a bigger budget and more time can do for the movie. As for John Carter, Disney is trying to do something really ambitious with the property and I wonder if they can successfully pull it off.

Which film are you the most excited to see?

Source: THR