Way back in March (You remember March, right? That was when it wasn’t 4000º during the day.) we showed you the first trailer of the Disney-backed Tim Burton creation Frankenweenie. (If you didn’t see it, you can still check it out here: Frankenweenie – (Re)Animated Stop Action Fun) That trailer gave you a good idea of what the movie will look and feel like along with the general premise, which isn’t really that hard to deduce given the title.
As cute and fun as it is, the first trailer didn’t show many characters or hint at the plot beyond the main storyline about a boy who re-animates his dead dog. With the release of the 2nd trailer Disney rectifies that situation by showing you not only a plethora of strange & creepy characters, but also a good many hints into sub-plots, side plots and goofball antics. Of course there’s also the customary and expected homages to the classic Frankenstein movies with little twists just to keep things fun.
Even with the macabre subject matter, this looks a lot more humorous and upbeat than many of Burton’s other projects. This second trailer had me laughing and really wanting to see this film. To be honest I’m not really a Tim Burton fan so the fact that I’m enthused about it says a lot about how entertaining this movie seems to be. But don’t take my word for it, watch the new 2nd trailer and see just what I’m rambling on about.
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.
If you want to get a view behind the scenes of Frankenweenie, Disney has some nice interactive 360º set tours for your perusal and pleasure. At the moment it looks as if only one of three planned interactive tours is active. The menu has three tour icons, but only tour 1 is active as of this writing.
Within the tour(s) you can pan around with a complete range of freedom to view the sets and the people working on them. Adding to the experience there are “hotspots,” or objects that you can click on to get more information. The hotspots are ridiculously easy to find as the fine folks at Disney were kind enough to place a little green circle around each one so you don’t miss a thing.
One of the most surprising things I noticed about the set is the scale of everything. The characters, buildings, et cetera are somewhat larger than I expected them to be. It’s not that they’re huge, but I imagined them to be about half the size shown. Maybe it’s just me. Check it out yourself with the link below.
Frankenweenie opens in theaters October 5, 2012 so you’ve got right about 3 months to scrape up your ticket money. Until then visit the Frankenweenie Official webpage and the Frankenweenie Facebook Page. You can also keep up with all the latest news by following the Walt Disney Pictures Twitter feed.
Starring the voice talents of: Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan, Atticus Shaffer, Robert Capron, Conchata Ferrell and Winona Ryder
Directed By: Tim Burton
Screenplay By: John August
Produced By: Tim Burton, Allison Abbate, Don Hahn