Frankenweenie,Tim Burton's return to his stop-motion roots, has another trailer that you can shake a stick at (here, boy! Roll over!), because, you know, dogs like sticks and this movie is about an adorable little dog! Only this dog is still alive even though nature didn't want it to be that way. Man cannot survive without his best friend, you guys.
In the trailer we see the story more expanded than in the previous clip. More characters are introduced, which makes sense considering the storyline includes that people start to go nutters after Frankenweenie is resurrected. Turns out that throwing lightning at dead things has become all the rage in this town! How trendy. Undead: not just for dogs!Igor Edgar, the small, cannot-keep-a-secret schoolmate of Victor is way more endearing and precious than any Igor I've ever seen, even if he does totally lie and blow Victor's cover. Bad little hunchback, bad! (But can you blame him? I would not keep a risen-from-the-dead dog a secret from anyone.)
Burton's signature whimsy and dark humor are back in full force--because nothing says 'adorable macabre' like man's best friend, only undead. Check out the newest trailer below.
Looks like a playfully creepy good time, no? Just don't get any ideas and think it's OK for you to reanimate your pet gerbil Snuffy. We don't need a zombie army of animals on the prowl to haunt my nightmares for real.
Frankenweenie opens in theaters October 5th, 2012 and stars the voice work of Charlie Tahan, Winona Ryder (Wino forever!), Martin Landau, and the fantastic Catherine O'Hara.
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Tim Burton's unrivaled flair for fusing the macabre with the whimsical is on full display in the debut trailer for his upcoming animated film Frankenweenie, a feature-length version of his celebrated short film which sees the Alice in Wonderland director return to his stop-motion roots:
Frankenweenie features the voices of Charlie Tahan, Winona Ryder, Martin Landau, and Catherine O'Hara. It opens everywhere October 5, 2012.
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For more on Frankenweenie, read about our visit to the film's set here.
Animation is a multifaceted realm. It can depict the bright, whimsical adventure of a plucky young princess immersing herself in the Scottish mountainrange to experience an epic, life-changing adventure. It can depict the dark, brooding and otherworldly accounts of a young man and his undead canine companion, linked eternally by their macabre foundation and at odds with the twisted world surrounding them. The medium has the ability to instill whatever sort of story it wishes to tell with an unparalleled flavor and enthusiasm.
Below is an example of how animation can bring two very different types of stories to such vivid life...or, in the case of the second picture, afterlife. The first image is from Pixar's Brave: an adventure story about a Scottish princess (Kelly Macdonald) who breaks free from the confines of her world to become a warrior in the fight against a legendary monster.
The second image is from Tim Burton's feature length film Frankenweenie, which tells the tale of a young boy (Charlie Tahan) who, saddened over the death of his beloved dog, brings him back to life a la Dr. Frankenstein, and tries desparately to keep his friend a secret...lest the two of them inspire some pretty monstrous consequences.
Brave is set to reach theaters June 22, 2012. Frankenweenie should make its theatrical debut Oct. 5, 2012.
Back in the 1980s, Walt Disney Pictures made one of the biggest mistakes in its storied history: the studio let Tim Burton go. The young CalArts graduate was an animator at the Mouse House and worked on films like The Fox and the Hound and TRON early in his career, but had ambitions to tell his own tales and convinced the company to let him create his own content. The result was a six-minute animated short Vincent and the 27-minute live-action Frankenweenie. Of course, in those days Disney wasn’t taking the kind of tonal risks it does today and dubbed Burton’s works unsuitable for children. They were never released, and Burton left the lot to stake is own claim in Tinsel Town. Fast-forward twenty-five years. The lauded auteur is now considered one of the most inventive filmmakers of all time and is without question one of the most successful in the industry, so Disney knocks on his door asking him to come back. He leaves his mark on Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland and helps make the Mouse the most successful movie studio of the year thanks to its $1.02 billion global haul. Now he’s got the keys to the Magic Kingdom and the full support of the studio brass, so what does he decide to do? Remake his original live-action short Frankenweenie, of course!
This time around, though, it’s going to be a much bigger deal for everyone involved, as I quickly learned when Disney flew me across the pond to see what Burton, producer Allison Abbate and all the good craftspeople at 3 Mills Studios in London are cooking up for the October 2012 release. Over the next few months, I’ll be checking in with a handful of updates and information regarding Frankenweenie, but to start off I’ll give you a little insight into what this flick is all about.
After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor (voiced by Charlie Tahan of Charlie St. Cloud fame) 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.
If the above description is of any indication, “hand-sewn creation” barely scratches the surface of the amount of handmade production that’s involved in this film. Art director Tim Browning and his team have created every character, prop and set from scratch, as I saw in clear focus when I got to 3 Mills. He was able to tell me a bit about the unique process involved in bringing a puppet to life: “we look at the child who did the acting, and study what they did. Then we kind of exaggerate things; because it’s a cartoon, you’d want to make things a little more clear than the actual person would do it. And then it’s just the capabilities of the puppet.”
So why go the stop-motion route when making the movie using all CGI could eliminate any and all problems that physical assets create? “I think that this medium is gaining in popularity,” says producer Allison Abbate, who has been involved in every aspect of the film’s realization. “I feel like there has been a lot more interest in this kind of film because I think people are ready for something different. One of the things that appeals to me about it is [that it complements] the artistic sensibilities of the director. Tim [Burton] loves stop-motion and has always loved stop-motion. It’s his chosen medium. It’s perfect for his sensibility.” Just how perfect it is will remain a mystery to you until this Spring, when I unleash part two of my Frankenweenie set visit report! Stay tuned!
The 22 year old gets on well with younger sibling Dylan and thought about their friendship often while he was on set of the emotional drama.
And Efron used the opportunity to be affectionate with his onscreen brother, played by Charlie Tahan, as a substitute to professing his feelings for Dylan.
He tells BBC Radio 1, "We're not as lovey dovey as the brothers in the movie. We're pretty competitive and we're dudes.
"I think that's the reason it was fun to have a fake little brother because I could really go up to him and say I love you and all that stuff because me and my brother don't do that - it's unsaid.
"We're dudes so you kinda can't! I was able to let all of that come out - I was thinking of him (Dylan) a lot during filming."
Beneath the glossy sheen of Zac Efron there exists the makings of quite a fine actor glimpses of which were seen in both the blockbuster comedy 17 Again and the indie drama Me and Orson Welles. His transition out of the Disney-fied teen-dream world and into more adult-oriented projects is a gradual uneasy one as is evidenced by his latest film the metaphysical drama Charlie St. Cloud which finds him perched squarely in between the two camps. Efron it appears is in that awkward stage.
In Charlie St. Cloud Efron plays the title character a carefree college-bound sailing star whose bright future is torpedoed when an awful auto wreck takes the life of his beloved kid brother Sam (Charlie Tahan). Charlie at the wheel of the car at the time of the crash briefly dies himself only to be wrested from a flatline by a particularly stubborn and spiritual EMT (Ray Liotta).
Years later Charlie’s body has made a full recovery but his mind remains plagued by some nasty after-effects of the tragedy. He’s given up sailing ditched his college plans gotten a job at a cemetery and taken up the habit of holding regular conversations with dead people — specifically his brother Sam with whom he meets daily in a forest clearing to play catch. Usually such mental deterioration coincides fairly closely with physical deterioration which is why you don’t encounter a lot of well-groomed paranoid schizophrenics on skid row. But Charlie has kept up with his workout and grooming regimens earning a reputation among the residents of his sleepy Pacific Northwest town as a sort of beautiful nutcase.
Unable to escape his all-consuming grief Charlie seems doomed to retreat further into isolation and despair until salvation arrives wrapped in a cardigan: Tess (Amanda Crew) a feisty pro sailor and no stranger to tragedy herself can see beyond Charlie’s unhinged persona to the sensitive troubled and irresistibly hot man that lies beneath. As their relationship deepens Charlie is increasingly torn between his imaginary friends and his real-life love.
It’s a noble aim giving tweens questions deeper than just “Edward or Jacob?” to contemplate and Charlie St. Cloud’s principal message “life is for living ” is a worthwhile one. But director Burr Steers having learned from the success of 17 Again clearly knows where his bread is buttered and so he takes care to sate the demands of Efron’s screeching fanbase by stocking the film with ample glowing shots of his star lovingly lit and clad invariably in a light blue solid color shirt and emoting against a picturesque coastal landscape. (Lest you think I'm exaggerating check out this studio-supplied promo clip featuring an interview with a shirtless Efron.) The awkward mix of existential drama and Abercrombie & Fitch commercial combined with a healthy dose of loopy Sixth Sense-esque supernatural shenanigans tossed in toward the end makes for an experience only the most fawning of Efron’s fans could enjoy.
In his latest movie, the nautical drama Charlie St. Cloud, 17 Again star Zac Efron plays a college-bound sailing star who gradually loses touch with reality after his kid brother’s tragic death. It’s Efron’s darkest and most serious work to date, but fans who fret that the 22-year-old High School Musical veteran has suddenly disowned his teen heartthrob image needn’t worry: As weighty as Charlie St. Cloud’s subject matter is, the film still affords Efron plenty of opportunities to shed his shirt, typically after "accidentally" getting caught in a torrential downpour or "spontaneously" diving into a Pacific Northwest lake. Everyone grieves in their own way, I guess.
Together with his Charlie St. Cloud co-star Charlie Tahan, Efron talked to us about being yoked — and getting soaked — in his latest film, which opens everywhere this Friday: