Frankenweenie: Tim Burton speaks!

Last week we went to the Frankenweenie press conference for the opening of the BFI London Film Festival!

In attendance were Director  Tim Burton, Producer Alison Abbate and Executive Producer Don Hahn, with the voice cast Martin Short, Catherine O’Hara and the legendary Martin Landau as well.

Burton said it was a special moment for him to have Frankenweenie open the London Film Festival because it was made over here (over a long period – when they began filming, the Olympic stadium hadn’t been started on. When they finished it, it was fully built!)

Don Hahn, who had previously worked with Burton at Disney, approached him with the idea of making Frankenweenie as a full length feature for Disney. The screenplay was written by long time collaborator John August, who wrote the screenplays for Dark Shadows, Big Fish, Corpse Bride and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

The cast gushed over working with Tim Burton; all of them had worked with him before. Martin Short described Tim as an incredibly collaborative director, which makes for a creative atmosphere on set. Martin Landau talked about how Burton created a playground for the actors, and how it was a fun place to work and he’d drop anything, including his pants, to work with Burton.

Martin Short and Catherine O’Hara recorded their vocals together as Victor Frankenstein’s parents, which Short said made the performance very intimate and very real. Both actors also voiced various other characters in the film too and had a lot of fun experimenting with voices. Short said Mayor Burgemeister was modelled to sound like a constipated Raymond Burke.

Making the film in black and white was important in showing off the artwork and giving the film a feel of a horror film from the 40s (think Universal studios horror style). There is also going to be an exhibition of artwork and some of the sets from the film at The Southbank Centre from October 17th to the 21st.

The film will be released on October 18th. We reviewed it here, and if you want to watch the press conference in full you can see it on the BFI website here.

Make sure you go see Frankenweenie on the big screen!


Source: BFI
GS Reporter: Sara Westrop

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