In recent years, Comic-Con has been criticized for becoming too Hollywood as all the major studios would come down to San Diego and woo fans with their upcoming projects. This year, Disney — which owns both Marvel and Pixardidn’t have a big presence there. Most surmised that was because Disney has its own version of Comic-Con, The D23 Expo, a few weeks later. That was confirmed a few weeks ago and now we have details on specifically which movies Disney will have on hand at D23, which takes place in Anaheim, CA from August 19-21. And if you thought Comic-Con was being invaded by movies, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

Confirmed films to have a presence at D23 are as follows: The Muppets, John Carter, Brave, The Avengers,  Frankenweenie, Oz: The Great and Powerful, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, Wreck-It Ralph, and Monsters University. Attendees will also get to see the new, 3D version of The Lion King. Read more after the jump. Read More »

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Danny Elfman had a fairly high-profile falling-out with his Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2 director Sam Raimi while trying to score Spider-Man 2 — a falling out that prompted the composer to declare that the two would never work together again.

Well, something happened, because now, in addition to scoring Tim Burton‘s Dark Shadows and Frankenweenie, Mr. Elfman says he will be doing the score for Oz: The Great and Powerful, and likely scoring The Hunger Games, as well. Read More »

What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 40 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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Walt Disney Pictures have released the official plot synopsis for Tim Burton‘s big screen adaptation of his earlier short film Frankenweenie.

In Tim Burton’s “Frankenweenie” young Victor conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences. A stop-motion animated film, “Frankenweenie” will be filmed in black and white and rendered in 3D, which will elevate the classic style to a whole new experience. From creative genius Tim Burton (“Alice in Wonderland,” The Nightmare Before Christmas”) comes “Frankenweenie,” a heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. 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.

They have also released a set of facts about the production. For example, over 200 puppets and sets were created for the film. Read the complete one-pager after the jump.

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Disney has shifted dates on two big films for 2012. Tim Burton‘s feature-length expansion of Frankenweenie has been moved from March 9, 2012 to October 5, 2012. Hopefully that’ll be a much more appropriate date for the film. Part of the reason for that date switch is that Disney has also moved John Stanton‘s John Carter of Mars up from June 8 to March 9, the date previously occupied by Frankenweenie.

The other thing that stands out about this shift is that Disney is clearly tweaking the face it presents to Fox, which will open Ridley Scott‘s ‘no longer an Alien prequel’ Prometheus on March 9. Speculate now on whether Disney thinks that John Carter is more equipped to directly face off against Ridley Scott — one sci-fi film against another, rather than counter-programming Frankenweenie against Prometheus. Or maybe Frankenweenie will need more time. Or there could be other reasons altogether — just rely on the dates for now.

Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie 3D Gets a Voice Cast

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Fitting for a film that finds Tim Burton returning to where his career first began, the Hot Topic-favorite director has a voice cast in place for Frankenweenie 3D that will reunite him with some familiar faces. To recap: the film is a stop-motion Disney animated feature, based on his ’80s black-and-white short about a boy named Victor who reanimates his dog after its hit by a car.

So who has Burton lined up for the film? Well, in case you can’t put the names to the faces in the pic above: Winona Ryder, Martin Landau, Martin Short and Catherine O’Hara. More details on the casting after the break. Read More »

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Briefly: It’s release date time. Disney has announced release dates for John Carter of Mars and the stop-motion animated update / expansion of Tim Burton‘s Frankenweenie.

Andrew Stanton‘s John Carter of Mars, the Pixar director’s first foray into live action features, and an adaptation of the pulp adventure novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, will release on June 8 2012. That one stars Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Daryl Sabara, Polly Walker, Bryan Cranston, Thomas Hayden Church and Willem Dafoe.

And the stop-motion, black and white and 3D Frankenweenie will release on March 9, 2012. That has Tim Burton, who originally created the short film of the same name that is being expanded into a feature, listed as producer, but not director. Hmm. Last time we heard about the project, Don Hahn was saying that Burton was set to direct. I’d keep that in mind as a Burton-directed film for now, but we’ll try to get better information.

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Last week there was some confusion when a Deadline report suggested that Tim Burton would shortly begin work on a stop-motion animated film based on The Addams Family. That report was quickly denied by Burton’s publicist (in a way that still leaves us wondering if it is a film that will happen) but there’s another animated movie that Burton has been gearing up to make: an update of his early short Frankenweenie. Now, word from SXSW is that Burton is ready to go with that update. Read More »

Cool Stuff: A Preview of The Art of Tim Burton

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Yesterday we told you that New York’s Museum of Modern Art was going to have an exhibition of the art of Tim Burton. The exhibition will include “over 700 examples of rarely or never-before-seen drawings, paintings, storyboards, moving-image works, puppets, maquettes, costumes, and cinematic ephemera, and includes an extensive film series spanning Burton’s 27-year career.” This event also coincides with The Art of Tim Burton book that Brendon wrote about in April. Read the the full press release here.

MOMA has finally granted us access to a sampling of the pieces you can expect at the show. Eight more images, available after the jump.

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