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Fantastic Fest Review: Tim Burton's 'Frankenweenie' Is A Rousing Return To Form

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 20, 2012 8:45 PM
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For the last decade or so, visionary filmmaker Tim Burton, once known for original concoctions like "Edward Scissorhands," has gotten very good at taking studio assignments for pre-existing properties that seem to roughly fit within his wheelhouse ("Planet of the Apes," "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," "Alice in Wonderland") and applying just enough of his unique sensibilities, to make these properties seem fresh and easily marketable. It says something, then, that Burton's best, most enjoyable, and most emotionally resonate film in years is actually an adaptation of one of his very first projects: "Frankenweenie," originally a live action short he made while working as an animator for Disney, reanimated now as a brilliant black-and-white 3D stop-motion monster.

Watch: 2 New Clips & Featurette For Tim Burton's 'Frankenweenie'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • September 20, 2012 9:18 AM
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After a string of ultimately disappointing films, Tim Burton is heading back to the world of stop-motion animation for “Frankenweenie.” Will it prove to be as creatively refreshing as “Fantastic Mr. Fox” was for Wes Anderson? Check out the two clips and featurette below and decide for yourself.

New Clips Arrive From Tim Burton's 'Frankenweenie,' 'Hyde Park On Hudson,' 'Arbitrage' & More

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 12, 2012 1:35 PM
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Once upon a time, we were excited about every Tim Burton picture that came along, but that's been steadily chipped away over the last decade or so. "Big Fish" and "Sweeney Todd" have their moments, but from "Planet of the Apes" to this year's "Dark Shadows," we feel more and more dread about each coming Burton production, dread that's normally justified when we see the finished product.

'Frankenweenie' Soundtrack Features New Song By Karen O Along With Tunes From Robert Smith, Winona Ryder, Passion Pit & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 10, 2012 1:24 PM
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While she has definitely earned her stripes as the frontwoman for the acclaimed rock band Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Karen O has also been making some impressive steps in the movie soundtrack world. She memorably contributed a brace of music to Spike Jonze's excellent "Where The Wild Things Are," and last year howled on the cover version of Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" for David Fincher's "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo." But now she's moving back toward something for kids, contributing "Strange Love," a brand new song, to Tim Burton's ghoulish "Frankenweenie." And she's not the only interesting choice on the soundtrack.

The Best & Worst At Comic-Con: Which Films & Studios Had Good, Bad Or Middling Reactions

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 16, 2012 3:34 PM
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Well, Comic-Con is done for another year. The San Diego Conference Center is currently getting a thorough hosing down, hungover cos-players have done their awkward walks of shame, and film press are returning to their various corners of the world longing, like ourselves, to watch and write about something difficult, European and subtitled.

Watch 'Frankenweenie' Takes It Back To The Days Of Classic Monsters With New Trailer & Comic-Con Poster

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • July 13, 2012 10:43 AM
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It’s hard to instill a great deal of faith in director Tim Burton after a string of films that has included the unneeded revisionist fairy tale “Alice In Wonderland,” along with the recent disappointment that was his update of the television series “Dark Shadows.” While 'Shadows' started promising enough – almost returning the helmer to his glory days of atmospheric joy -- it fell to pieces in the second and third act. Well, some of us are still remaining optimistic about his next directorial effort, a stop-motion feature version adaptation of his own 1984 short film, “Frankenweenie.”

Tim Burton's 'Frankenweenie' To Have World Premiere At Fantasic Fest While 'Godzilla' Expected To Stomp Into Comic-Con

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 29, 2012 10:52 AM
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Two very different kinds of monsters are getting ready to make their debuts in the comind weeks and months -- one set to be released, and another a long in the works remake/reboot that is hoping to get it right this time.

Watch: New Trailer For 'Frankenweenie' Looks Like A Return To Form For Tim Burton

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 26, 2012 1:55 PM
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Let's face it, Tim Burton really hasn't made a satisfyingly Tim Burton-esque movie since..."Corpse Bride" maybe? And even that kind of felt like a re-cooked "Nightmare Before Christmas." And even though it's taken him doing a feature length remake of his own "Frankenweenie" to recapture that magic, compared to "Dark Shadows" or "Alice In Wonderland," we'll take it any day of the week.

New Set Of Character Posters From 'Frankenweenie' Premiere; Pixar Debuts New 'Cars Toon' Short

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 20, 2012 1:24 PM
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Disney has unveiled a series of character for this Halloween's "Frankenweenie," a black-and-white stop motion feature from Tim Burton and Disney that was based on a short film of his that got him fired from the studio back in the mid-eighties (seriously). The posters and characters look appropriately Tim Burton-y (maybe a little too much – some of the characters seem like slightly redressed designs from "The Corpse Bride" and the dog looks very "Family Dog"-esque). In other Disney animation news, the studio has quietly slipped a new "Cars Toon" short film onto iTunes and Amazon, which ties in directly to the new Carsland section of Disney California Adventure.

Watch: First Trailer For Tim Burton's Black & White Animated 'Frankenweenie'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 1, 2012 11:47 AM
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Well, this is a bit odd. If you're waiting for the first trailer for "Dark Shadows" -- due out in just a few short months -- today is not your lucky day, but not all is lost as Tim Burton fans do get a treat in the shape of a trailer for the director's Halloween offering, "Frankenweenie."

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