The voice cast for Tim Burton’s latest stop-motion film Frankenweenie has started to come together and while they’re all familiar actors in Burton’s filmography, they aren’t necessarily the most frequent of his collaborators. As of now, Winona Ryder, Martin Landau, Martin Short, and Catherine O’Hara will lend their voices to the film. That’s right, no Johnny Depp or Helena Bonham Carter…yet. Frankenweenie is a feature-length remake of a short film Burton made in 1984 and like the original, it focuses on a boy who brings his dog back to life after being hit by a car. The screenplay was written by John August (Big Fish, Corpse Bride), a Burton mainstay at this point. Frankenweenie has a planned release on March 9, 2012.
Even though Burton has worked with all of these actors before, it’s still somewhat refreshing to see their names attached to this. I suppose that’s attributable to the fact that he hasn’t worked with any of them in a long time. I’m a fan of Burton using stop-motion and stop-motion in general, although Corpse Bride was somewhat underwhelming. I’d like to see Burton do more of an old-fashioned take on the medium, a la Fantastic Mr. Fox, but I doubt that will happen. Still, let’s hope that he can spark some creativity out of the old material and turn up something fresh.
What are your thoughts on Frankenweenie thus far?