At the D23 convention today, Disney released the official story synopsis, title art and production details for Tim Burton‘s stop-motion fantasy tale FRANKENWEENIE, set to open in theaters October 5, 2012.
SYNOPSIS: In Tim Burton’s “Frankenweenie” young Victor conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences.
Tim Burton’s fertile imagination gave birth to FRANKENWEENIE when he was still a Disney animator, originally conceived as a feature-length stop-motion film. Budget issues prevented such an elaborate production, and Burton eventually directed his story as a live-action short film released in 1984.
The all-star voice cast includes many veteran actors of Burton’s visionary films including Winona Ryder, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short and Martin Landau. The cast also features Charlie Tahan, Atticus Shaffer, Robert Capron and Conchata Ferrell.
Disney veteran Don Hahn executive produces FRANKENWEENIE as Burton directs the screenplay by John August.
From Disney’s press release:
From creative genius Tim Burton (“Alice in Wonderland,” The Nightmare Before Christmas”) comes “Frankenweenie,” 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.
A stop-motion animated film, “Frankenweenie” will be filmed in black and white and rendered in 3D, which will elevate the classic style to a whole new experience.