We love Disney and all of the films that they’ve made. At their Comic-Con panel today, they showed off a couple of their movies, and one of those that we were super excited for happened to be Tim Burton‘s Frankenweenie. It’s a story about a boy and his dog with a cool supernatural kind of twist to it. What is there not to love?
Chris Hardwick from The Nerdist Channel was our moderator and brought out Tim Burton right away. Hey, that made us happy. Then we were treated to some footage which was in the form of a homage trailer, harkening back to the horror movies made back in the fifties. It’s absolutely adorable and everybody in the convention center got a kick out of it. Yes, you’ll be able to check it out at the bottom of this article in case you were wondering.
During the Q&A portion of the panel, they immediately asked Burton about the origins of Frankenweenie. He said:
“Well it was actually one of the first shorts I worked on when I started working at Disney. I got to do it live action because I was a really bad animator. I had to learn how to talk to people for the first time and deal with actors so it was a very, very special time for me. [The story] stemmed from having a dead dog when I was a child and that sort of special relationship you have with a pet.”
Then why did he decide to go ahead and make a stop-motion animated version of a story that he’s already told in a live-action movie, you ask? It’s all part of the grand master plan.
“All forms [of animation] are great. Computers are great. Drawn animation is great. But this particular project, it just seemed right to have puppets. Also it’s nice to just shoot these little sets. You shoot it like a live-action film and puppets are so tactile. They’re so amazing to feel and to touch. It’s so amazing.”
Then Tim Burton showed us an additional scene along with the homage trailer. We were introduced to the scary new teacher Mr. Rzykruski (voiced by Martin Landau) who talks about the dangerous effects of electricity on a person. While he explains how it works some of Victor’s (Charlie Tahan) classmates chime in on the conversation.
Afterwards Burton explained the opportunity to expand Victor’s universe in Frankenweenie and how delightful it was to create new characters like his classmates.
“Expanding it to the film I got the opportunity. There was other characters like the kids, the monsters, the teacher and just little things I could explore further. I was happy to do [Frankenweenie] live-action. It was great, fun. It was a new experience for me but this way it’s just a more pure version of it. In this case it’s more pure for me.”
Frankenweenie is out in theaters everywhere on October 5, 2012, presented in 2D and 3D. Watch the brand new trailer below:
Check out our coverage of Tim Burton at the official Frankeweenie press conference.
What do you think?