The Return of Frankenweenie
From FireFox News:
Fresh off “Sweeney Todd,” Burton is turning his eyes back towards his first project, a movie about a boy and his dog called “Frankenweenie.”
“Frankenweenie” is the story of a pet dog who is brought back to life by his adoring owner. Like the “Nightmare Before Christmas” (one of my favorite movies ever), the film will be created using a combination of stop-motion and 3D techniques. Burton’s original “Frankenweenie” was a black and white short film created back in 1984. Rumor has it that Disney shelved the original project because the content was not deemed appropriate for children.
Here’s Burton’s teaser for the film. (Links to the original Frankenweenie in three parts at the end of this post)
Burton created the short as a parody of the 1931 film ”Frankenstein”. Young Victor Frankenstein’s pet Bull Terrier Sparky is hit by a car and Victor decides to bring him back to life. But when the stitched up, bolt-necked bully breed wreaks havoc and terrifies Victor’s neighbors, he has to convince them and his parents that, despite his appearance, Sparky’s still the good loyal friend he’s always been.
….hmmmm, is it just me that sees a presaging of BSL there? Be sure to check out the scene where Sparky “wreaks havoc” on his neighbors in part III. It is truly horrifying. And all too much like many people’s reactions to bully dogs. Now if only those folks would come around to sanity in the end like Spark’s neighbors did…
“Frankenweenie” Parts I, II and III