By our guest blogger, Joe Oliveto
While casting continues on Tim Burton’s update of the '60s TV show “Dark Shadows,” details about “Frankenweenie,” the feature-length adaptation of a short film he directed, continue to emerge.
/Film has the official synopsis, which explains that the film involves a young boy who brings his recently deceased dog back to life, only to face the consequences of his mad science experiment.
So, it’s “Pet Sematary.”
However, it is interesting to learn that the film will be made using the now nearly unheard of stop-motion animating style, which has been rarely employed ever since CGI took over. Additionally, the movie will be filmed in black and white, although, like every other major film released these days, it will also be rendered in 3-D.
Sounds like a personal project for Burton, something similar to “Edward Scissorhands,” so it might be worth looking forward to. Although he usually does a fine job adapting studio properties into entertaining pictures, he is at his best when working from his own bizarre ideas.
Burton’s also a truly original visual artist, so will be interested to see what he can do with stop-motion animation. While that technique usually prohibits realism, with Burton’s knack for creating strange and haunting landscapes, that probably won’t be a problem.