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Fantastic Fest to Open with World Premiere of Tim Burton's 'Frankenweenie'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood June 29, 2012 at 12:11PM

Austin's Fantastic Fest will host the world premiere of Tim Burton's playfully Goth return to stop-motion animation, "Frankenweenie." The film will open the week long festival on September 20, prior to its theatrical release on October 5...
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"Frankenweenie"
"Frankenweenie"

Austin's Fantastic Fest will host the world premiere of Tim Burton's playfully Goth return to stop-motion animation, "Frankenweenie." The film will open the week long festival on September 20, prior to its theatrical release on October 5.

The screening will take place at Austin's renowned Alamo Drafthouse. Tim League, Fantastic Fest co-founder and Drafthouse director, says Burton "stands as a titan of modern genre cinema," and being able to debut the feature adaptation of the director's career-starting short film "is a huge honor for me personally and for the festival in general."

"Frankenweenie" was filmed in black-and-white and rendered in 3D. It follows a young boy named Victor who loses his beloved canine pal Sparky. He then pulls a Colin Clive and resurrects the dog through the harnessed powers of science. The estimable voice cast includes Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau and Winona Ryder.

This article is related to: Tim Burton, Tim Burton, Walt Disney, Animation, News, Festivals


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.