Before he set about to do nothing but remakes, Tim Burton directed some of the most uniquely personal films that spoke to the outcast in all of us. He was a successful major studio auteur before Wes Anderson graduated high school, and Johnny Depp didn’t appear in every single film. But before even that, he was a lowly grunt in Disney’s animation division, who was summarily fired when they felt he wasted the company dime making his now-cultish-and-beloved short film, Frankenweenie. The story of a boy who brings his dead dog back to “life.” So, it only makes sense that his newest movie is another remake that also goes by the name of Frankenweenie.
To be fair, it’s one of his stop-motion claymation pictures. While he only produced Henry Selick’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, it and The Corpse Bride are two of Burton’s more entertaining movies. Though, only Nightmare is actually great (Corpse Bride is fine, overly sensitive fans). So his decision to return to that style is definitely welcome, I just hope there aren’t cheap 3D gags in it. Blessedly, the trailer doesn’t belie any eye-poking or -chomping tricks, but I still refuse to see his Alice in Wonderland, so I don’t know how “well” he uses the technique. I’m not encouraged by that movie’s prominence in the ad campaign, either, but I guess it did make the studio a decent chunk of change…
Anyway, the trailer! It’s fine:
And here’s the poster, which doesn’t even seem ashamed of its Disney-approved hidden phallus:
Frankenweenie will open on October 5, just in time for Halloween. I guess. I’ll probably just settle for a re-watch of my Nightmare Before Christmas DVD.
Rob Payne also writes the indie comic The Unstoppable Force, tweets on the Twitter @RobOfWar, and his ware can be purchased here (if you’re into that sort of thing). Yeah, that’s right, he still hasn’t upgraded to Blu-ray yet, either.