Way back in 1984 an up-and-coming young animator by the name of Tim Burton was working for Disney. He had an interesting, if not slightly macabre, idea for a twist on the old “a boy and his dog” story. It involved a young boy so distraught over the death of his beloved pet that he sets out to reanimate its lifeless body…and succeeds.
Shortly thereafter, whilst still in the employ of Disney, the young Mr. Burton turned his idea into a live-action short film. Today we’re all aware that kind of project is something right up Burton’s alley, but it turned out back then The House of Mouse wasn’t quite as thrilled with his idea. They fired him.
Fast forward nearly 30 years and irony takes a firm grasp of the situation. Tim Burton is making a full-length feature version of “Frankenweenie” in stop-motion animation. Where’s the irony you may ask? Well, the studio backing the project is none other than Disney.
On October 5, 2012 “Frankenweenie” will hit theaters everywhere in glorious black and white. Wait…what? Yep, as an homage to all those old Frankenstein movies and other horror classics Tim Burton is taking a very bold, and I think very smart, step backwards to give his film the feel of a classic monster movie.
Don’t worry though, it’s not all retro. You will have the option to see this in 3D if you so desire. The funny thing is, back in the heyday of black and white monster films a little fad known as 3D was quite popular.
Enough talking for now. Instead, enjoy the trailer for what looks to be a really fun ride.
If you’ve got about a half hour to spare and want to see the original live-action short with Daniel Stern and Shelley Duvall as Ben and Susan Frankenstein, then simply sit back and watch because it’s right here. It’s most definitely worth 30 minutes of your time. You can watch it while waiting on that pizza you ordered.