Exclusive Interview: Talking Frankenweenie With Producer Allison Abbate

Allison Abbate has a pretty astonishing track record in animation, having played significant roles in Tim Burton productions dating back to Nightmare Before Christmas, while also producing such masterpieces as Iron Giant and Fantastic Mr. Fox. Her latest project is Frankenweenie, the darkly comic stop-motion film that comes out on Blu-ray next week. The project was born out of a live action short that Burton first made for Buena Vista back in the mid-80s, and the feature length animated version does a much better job at telling the story in an engaging way, and is even more representative of the "Burtonian" aesthetic that's now a trademark from many of his films. We began by discussing the transition from a live action film to expand the...

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