In 1984 Tim Burton made a short called Frankenweenie, about a kid who uses Frankenstein-like science to bring his deceased pet back to life. Deemed too dark and family-unfriendly to release, the black and white short cost Burton his job at Disney, but ultimately turned into a sort of demo reel that helped him make Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure. In the quarter-century that followed the ’84 short, we’ve seen Burton’s friendly-goth style become hugely popular, and now Disney is bankrolling a feature-length remake of Frankenweenie. This new film is in 3D, but animated with stop-motion, and it is still shot in black and white.

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Tim Burton’s ‘Frankenweenie’ Details Revealed

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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While Sam Raimi is working on explaining how the Wizard got to Oz, there’s another film in production that’ll tell the story of what happens after Dorothy left. That film is called Dorothy of Oz and it’s a 3D animated sequel to the 1939 original about Dorothy being transported back to help a new group of misfits find the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion in order to defeat an evil Jester who wants to take over Oz. Directed by Daniel St. Pierre, the film sports a start studded voice cast including Lea Michele, Martin Short, Dan Aykroyd, Kelsey Grammer, Jim Belushi, Oliver Platt and Patrick Stewart and is reportedly scheduled for release in April 2012. We’ve already seen some character sketches, but now a bunch of concept art has surfaced that gives us a good idea of what to expect from the film. We’ve got the photos and more after the jump. Read More »

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 »

Character Sketches for ‘Dorothy of Oz’

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In part because of the runaway success of Alice in Wonderland, a story like The Wizard of Oz is hot stuff in Hollywood right now. So there are loads of Oz-related projects in the works: Disney’s Oz, the Great and Powerful, to be directed by Sam Raimi with Robert Downey, Jr. starring; the Polish Brothers’ Oz; a Wizard of Oz sequel called Surrender Dorothy potentially to be directed by Drew Barrymore; and the animated Dorothy of Oz.

We’ve now got a set of character sketches for the animated film, which at the very least demonstrate that it won’t be subject to any unsavory ‘dark fantasy’ whims. For that reason alone I’m willing to think about giving it a shot. Read More »

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