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New Image From Burton’s Frankenweenie

29 December 2011 5:31 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

We believe that Tim Burton has been secretly wanting to get back to his gothic-animation roots for quite a while now and although he has explored various avenues of genre and style, the man himself has said that Frankenweenie is something very close to his heart.

Back in 1984, Burton released this as a short film with the same name. It’s the story of Victor Frankenstein and his beloved dog Sparky. One day Sparky gets sent to the big old Farm House in the sky but Young Victor conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended and sometimes monstrous consequences. In this shot, we’ve got a nod to Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea and quite possibly the beginning of a much bigger tail [sic]…

Frankenweenie features the voice talents of Winona Ryder, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short and Martin Landau. »

- Dan Bullock

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New Images From Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie And Pixar’s Brave

28 December 2011 4:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Over the course of the year, we’ve been seeing some terrific things from Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie and Pixar’s Brave, both of which will be getting their big-screen release in the year to come.

For Brave, we got our first look at the trailer back in the summer, and have seen plenty of other wonderful things from the film before and after that. And from Frankenweenie, we’ve most recently been treated to a handful of images, both official and from the set, in the past few months.

We’ve now got a new image from each of the films, courtesy of Stitch Kingdom via The Playlist, and they both look excellent.

Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie is a remake of his own 1984 short film of the same name, and the images we’ve seen so far have been very impressive. This new image shows us the lead character »

- Kenji Lloyd

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A New Still from Tim Burton's Frankenweenie

23 December 2011 11:00 AM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

In case you've been so focused on Tim Burton's upcoming Dark Shadows adaptation that it's slipped your mind that he's also working on an animated feature-length take on his classic tale of Frankenweenie, Disney has released a new still from the latter...just in time for Christmas! What the heck? With all the goods the studios have been doling out this week, we're starting to think Christmas is the new Halloween!

In any event, courtesy of Stitch Kingdom, here's a peek at young Victor Frankenstein lying in bed with his faithful pup Sparky beneath him.

The voice cast includes four actors who worked with Burton on previous films: Winona Ryder (Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands), Catherine O’Hara (Beetlejuice, The Nightmare Before Christmas), Martin Short (Mars Attacks!) and Martin Landau (Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow), along with Charlie Tahan and Atticus Shaffer.

Look for the flick in theatres on October 5th, 2012.

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- The Woman In Black

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Frankenweenie Photo Featuring Victor Frankenstein and Sparky

23 December 2011 8:38 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Walt Disney Pictures has released a new photo from Frankenweenie, director Tim Burton's new stop-motion animation tale which arrives in theaters October 5. Click on the photo below, which features Victor Frankenstein (Charlie Tahan) and his trusty dog Sparky, to access our growing gallery.

Frankenweenie comes to theaters October 5th, 2012 and stars Winona Ryder, Martin Landau, Martin Short, Catherine O'Hara, Charlie Tahan, Atticus Shaffer, Robert Capron, Conchata Ferrell. The film is directed by Tim Burton. »

- MovieWeb

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Make-Up Effects Group To Create Visuals For I, Frankenstein

16 December 2011 8:08 AM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

From their official Facebook page, Make-Up Effects Group - who provided the visuals for films such as Babe and the Matrix trilogy - have been hired to provide the effects for I, Frankenstein, based on the Kevin Grevioux graphic novel and starring Aaron Eckhart in the title role. The story is described as "a contemporary fantasy thriller in which the original monster of Victor Frankenstein stands between the human race and an uprising of supernatural creatures determined to overthrow the world." The group has confirmed that some concept demon statues have already been created, and that they're currently working on Eckhart's Frankenstein look. We are really excited to announce that Make-up Effects Group have been given the job to create all the special make-up effects for the feature film I, Frankenstein. We’ve already created some cool conceptual demon sculptures that Stuart and the team loved. Currently we are developing »

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Set Visit: Tim Burton's Frankenweenie

13 December 2011 9:00 AM, PST | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

It was nearly three decades ago that a young filmmaker wrote, directed and produced a darkly comical short film take on Mary Shelley's legendary monster. Starring a bull terrier named Sparky, brought back from the dead by a suburban boy named Victor Frankenstein, the 30 minute short was so unusual that it didn't see an official release for years.   Today, that filmmaker is a household name and his gothic charm a quintessential element of more than a dozen full-length features. That's why Tim Burton fans should be very pleased to know that in 2012, Frankenweenie is getting reanimated in more ways than one.

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- silas.lesnick@craveonline.com (Silas Lesnick)

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Set Visit: Tim Burton's Frankenweenie

13 December 2011 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

It was nearly three decades ago that a young filmmaker wrote, directed and produced a darkly comical short film take on Mary Shelley's legendary monster. Starring a bull terrier named Sparky, brought back from the dead by a suburban boy named Victor Frankenstein, the 30 minute short was so unusual that it didn't see an official release for years. Today, that filmmaker is a household name and his gothic charm a quintessential element of more than a dozen full-length features. That's why Tim Burton fans should be very pleased to know that in 2012, Frankenweenie is getting reanimated in more ways than one. Set for release on October 5, 2012, the Frankenweenie feature expands on the short and makes use of black and white stop-motion 3D photography, similar to Burton's The Nightmare »

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"Kung Fu Panda 2" Tops Annie Award Nominations!

5 December 2011 11:25 AM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

"Kung Fu Panda 2" dominated the nominations for the 39th Annual Annie Awards. Given by the International Animated Film Society, the DreamWorks Animation sequel received 12 nods including Best Animated Feature. "Puss in Boots" and "Rango" each took nine noms. Pixar's "Cars 2" received seven nominations, while Disney's "Winnie the Pooh" took eight nods but was oddly missing in the Best Animated Feature category.

Winners of the 2011 Annie Awards will be announced on Saturday, Feb. 4.

Here's the complete list of nominees of the 39th Annual Annie Awards:

Production Categories

Best Animated Feature

A Cat in Paris . Folimage

Arrugas (Wrinkles) - Perro Verde Films, S.L.

Arthur Christmas . Sony Pictures Animation, Aardman Animations

Cars 2 . Pixar Animation Studios

Chico & Rita . Chico & Rita Distribution Limited

Kung Fu Panda 2 . DreamWorks Animation

Puss In Boots . DreamWorks Animation

Rango . Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies present A Blind Wink/Gk Films Production

Rio . Blue Sky Studios

Tintin . Amblin Entertainment, »

- Manny

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Film Review: Creature Feature Vibe in ‘Frankenstein: Day of the Beast’

26 November 2011 10:25 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – If your heart flutters when you think about the drive-in days of old, with a triple feature of B-movie horror films, then writer/director Ricardo Islas delivers a nostalgic kick with “Frankenstein: Day of the Beast.” The film has its world premiere in Chicago on Sunday, November 27th, at the Portage Theater on Milwaukee Avenue.

Rating: 3.0/5.0

It has all the familiar Frankenstein monster elements, but also delivers a certain style and authority that allows it to make its own mark. The acting, setting, costumes and dialogue screams drive-in movie fare, but the production gamely reaches out to retell the myth with a little sex, a lot of gore and an interesting take on the reanimation portion of the monster. There is a vague application as to the time and place of where the film is set, and the actors are very comfortable being their Midwestern selves, but this horror »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Evening Standard theatre awards: pair win joint prize for Frankenstein roles

22 November 2011 7:56 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternated for each performance of a three-month run at the National Theatre

After alternating playing Victor Frankenstein and the Creature for each performance of a three-month run at the National Theatre, Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller have been rewarded jointly with the best actor prize at the UK's longest-running theatre awards.

The judges for the 2011 London Evening Standard awards said it would have been "invidious not to recognise both actors" for what were memorable performances in Frankenstein, the Danny Boyle-directed production.

One role involved two hours in makeup and getting naked on stage to play Frankenstein's creation; the other, that of the egomaniac scientist himself, did not.

Although the awards have been running since 1955, Cumberbatch and Miller are among the few to share the best actor award, jointly following in some illustrious footsteps – the first recipient was Richard Burton for Henry V, »

- Mark Brown

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Evening Standard theatre awards: pair win joint prize for Frankenstein roles

20 November 2011 5:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternated for each performance of a three-month run at the National Theatre

After alternating playing Victor Frankenstein and the Creature for each performance of a three-month run at the National Theatre, Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller have been rewarded jointly with the best actor prize at the UK's longest-running theatre awards.

The judges for the 2011 London Evening Standard awards said it would have been "invidious not to recognise both actors" for what were memorable performances in Frankenstein, the Danny Boyle-directed production.

One role involved two hours in makeup and getting naked on stage to play Frankenstein's creation; the other, that of the egomaniac scientist himself, did not.

Although the awards have been running since 1955, Cumberbatch and Miller are the first to share the best actor award, jointly following in some illustrious footsteps – the first recipient was Richard Burton for Henry V, followed by Paul Scofield, »

- Mark Brown

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Yvonne Strahovski to Play Gifted Lady Scientist in ‘I, Frankenstein’

17 November 2011 7:58 PM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Yesterday, our own Cole Abaius reported on the possibility of Bill Nighy joining Stuart Beattie‘s I, Frankenstein as a demon, but before we get official word of Nighy going evil, Deadline Manchester reports that Yvonne Strahovski has signed on to play the female lead and principal love interest in the film. Best known for her work on television series Chuck, the role will continue Strahovski’s steady slip into more feature work (she recently co-starred in Killer Elite). Beattie wrote the script for the modern take on the Frankenstein’s monster tale, working off a graphic novel by Kevin GreviouxAaron Eckhart is on board to play the monster (which any nerd worth their salt knows is not actually named Frankenstein, that name comes from the monster’s creator Dr. Victor Frankenstein, so I am at a bit of a loss when it comes to the name of this project), who wavers between his more hideous »

- Kate Erbland

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Bill Nighy in Talks to Play ‘I, Frankenstein’ Villain

15 November 2011 4:00 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Over nearly two years, Lakeshore Entertainment has been trying to get a jump on the impending Frankenstein adaptation race by making a movie [1] based on Keven Grevioux's graphic novel I, Frankenstein. The Underworld-like story, a "contemporary fantasy thriller in which the original monster of Victor Frankenstein stands between the human race and an uprising of supernatural creatures determined to overthrow the world," was originally going to be directed by Underworld: Rise of the Lycans director Patrick Tatopoulos. But Stuart Beattie stepped in to write and direct [2] in March of this year, and last month Aaron Eckhart was signed [3] to play the heroic monster Adam Frankenstein. Now Bill Nighy is in talks to keep the Underworld comparisons going by playing the villain of the film. Variety [4] says Nighy would be "a demon prince," who leads the forces hunting Adam Frankenstein, "demons that want to learn the secret of his creation in »

- Russ Fischer

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Frankenstein: Day of the Beast Brings a New Look to the Classic Tale

4 November 2011 3:03 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

The story of the Frankenstein monster is one of the most enduring tales in the history of horror. From Mary Shelley's original telling through the classic 1931 film and the sequels that followed to the multiple new visions of the tale, it seems the possibilities for expanding on the experiments of Dr. Frankenstein are endless. And now we've got an upcoming film bringing an entirely new angle to the tale.

Frankenstein: Day of the Beast is an original take on the legend. As you'll see by the trailer below, the film contains aspects of Shelley's original story but adds a large amount of action to the mix. The film was written and directed by Ricardo Islas and stars Adam Stephenson and Michelle Shields with Tim Krueger in the role of the monster.

You can visit the Frankenstein: Day of the Beast website and Facebook pagefor additional details. And read on »

- Doctor Gash

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Frankenstein ‘Day of The Beast’ – Check out early trailer for World premiere

4 November 2011 1:23 PM, PDT | Horror News | See recent Horror News news »

We all know the story; We’ve seen the movies. You may think it’s impossible to have a new approach to Frankenstein. Think again. On a foggy winter morning, a priest is sent by raft to an isolated island.

He will be performing a wedding ceremony under very mysterious conditions. The groom is Victor Frankenstein.

The young and beautiful bride is Elizabeth. Seven armed and dangerous mercenary soldiers have been hired to protect her from something evil that lurks in the woods, awaiting the wedding consummation. Victor is the only one who knows the truth about their enemy. His secret will… More »

- HorrorNews.net

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Afm 2011: Sales Art for Frankenstein's Army Marches In

3 November 2011 1:16 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

I feel as if we've been talking about Richard Raaphorst's Frankenstein's Army for like ages. Still, with a little luck and a shooting schedule that's to begin in 2012 maybe we'll actually see it! In any event ... New art! Dig it!

Back in February it was announced that the flick would be financed by Mpi Media Group, La-based Xyz Films and Pellicola of Amsterdam.

Production is set to begin this spring in Prague and Amsterdam, and would be completed by late fall.

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Using shocking vintage newsreel footage as his jumping-off point, Raaphorst has hit on a unique and bold premise. Toward the end of World War II, Russian soldiers pushing into eastern Germany stumble across a secret Nazi lab, one that has unearthed and begun experimenting with the journal of one Dr. Victor Frankenstein. The scientists have used the legendary’s Frankenstein’s work to assemble an army of »

- Uncle Creepy

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First Looks at Tim Burton's New Stop Motion Feature, 'Frankenweenie'

30 October 2011 7:59 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

At the end of last week Disney sent over a few first look images at Tim Burton's latest stop-motion animated feature Frankenweenie in which the director is returning to familiar territory as he's turning his 1984 short film (part one to the left) into a feature all its own. Frankenweenie is a 3D, stop-motion, black-and-white animated film in which Young Victor (voiced by Charlie Tahan) works away in his attic lab, attempting to bring his beloved dog Sparky, a playful and curious bull terrier, back to life with lessons he learned about electricity from his science teacher Mr. Rzykruski (voiced by Martin Landau). Along with Landau and Tahan, the voice cast includes Winona Ryder as Elsa van Helsing, Catherine O'Hara as Victor's mother Susan, Martin Short, Tom Kenny and Conchata Ferrell. Disney is set to release the film just under a year from now on October 5, 2012. I've included two more »

- Brad Brevet

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First official images of Frankenweenie posted online

27 October 2011 1:21 PM, PDT | TotalFilm | See recent TotalFilm news »

 What do you do if you're a Tim Burton character and your dog dies? You reanimate it, of course - and the first official images of Victor Frankenstein doing just that to his pet Sparky have appeared online.  Burton told Entertainment Weekly, which published the images of the stop-motion animation Frankenweenie, that the film is about the enduring story of a child and his first pet.  “It just tries to keep that idea of a very, simple pure relationship. Mix that with the Frankenstein myth and it causes...

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- Matt Chapman

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Famous Monsters Has a Forum!

19 October 2011 4:00 PM, PDT | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

Hey you.  You look great today, by the way.  Is that a new shirt?

So, now that you’re a fan of Famous Monsters, you probably want to take that fandom to the next level, right?  You’ve poured over every inch of the Graveyard Examiner, read every sensational news story posted, signed up for the super mondo joyous subscription package of Famous Monsters magazine.  But still you want more.  Geesh, you’re kinda greedy.

Well, more you’ve got, because now you don’t just have to read what we give you, you can participate in Famous Monsters yourselves through our brand new forum!  This state-of-the-art tool, created by none other than Victor Frankenstein’s great-great-great nephew Derrin, will let you do all sorts of things you’ve only previously dreamt of.

Post topics!  Reply to topics!  Socialize with like-minded monster-enthusiasts!  There’s a whole world of horror buffs and creature connoisseurs out there, »

- Marc

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Real Steel Director Wants to Bring Frankenstein Movie to Life

10 October 2011 10:20 AM, PDT | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

Just days after Lionsgate announced their intentions to adapt graphic novel I, Frankenstein for the big screen with Aaron Eckhart as its star, Complex has an interview with Shawn Levy (Real Steel) where he discusses his own gestating version of the Franken-mythos:

It’s an amazing script and, yes, I am attached to direct it. That’s true, and if I can get the right pairing of two young guys I’ll make it. It’s a radical retelling of the legend, and the reason that the casting is so critical is that, though it is still very much a monster movie and a genre piece, it really focuses on the friendship and relationship and betrayals between Victor Frankenstein and Igor, who is at once his friend and assistant, all set against this discovery of a science that might change human science forever. So if I can cast it to »

- Marc

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