Disney Pictures have released a production sheet containing both an official synopsis and new details about Tim Burton’s stop-motion animated feature film adaptation of his early short “Frankenweenie”.
Filmed in black and white and rendered in 3D, over 200 puppets and sets were created for the film with a cast that includes four earlier collaborators with Burton – Winona Ryder, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short and Martin Landau. Several character names – Victor, Elsa Van Helsing, Edgar “E” Gore and Mr. Burgermeister – were inspired by classic horror films.
The synopsis calls it “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.”
The film is currently slated for release on October 5th 2012.