During my discussion of Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows from earlier this Summer, I lamented that Johnny Depp and Tim Burton have done too many projects together and lost some of their creative juices. Last week, The Onion spoofed that idea with an audio segment about Depp’s indentured servitude coming to an end. That idea does appear to be partially true, however, as Burton’s next project will not include any traces of Depp or of Burton’s wife Helena Bonham-Carter. Instead it offers collaboration with some of the actors who Burton worked with when his career peaked in the 1990s.
This includes phenomenal talent like Martin Landau, Christopher Lee, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short, and Winona Ryder who will all provide voices for Burton’s latest stop-motion animated film Frankenweenie. The film is an adaptation of a short film that Burton made in 1984. It follows a young Victor Frankenstein whose dog passes away, inspiring him to use electroshock therapy to bring him back to life. As is always the case when film characters try and play God, the attempt leads to potentially disastrous situations.
A new Frankenweenie trailer premiered on Apple Trailers today and it gives a little glimpse at the style of Burton’s latest effort. The animated effort will be released in black and white, which may make it the first claymation film of its kind (or am I missing one?) The characters are very Burton-esque in that they resemble the figures in The Corpse Bride, which he directed, and The Nightmare Before Christmas, which he produced. Most noticeable in the new trailer is how clean the animation appears. None of the choppiness that is often present with stop-motion animation is there and the characters look perfectly sculpted.
Check out the Frankenweenie trailer below or check it out in High Definition on Apple Trailers. Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments!
Frankenweenie will be in theatres on the U.S. on October 5, 2012.