Tim Burton is the purveyor of the dark and weird. He’s brought us such gems such as Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands and Beetlejuice.
While this Samsung commercial shows the fictitious meeting between Burton and some execs, we can’t hope that maybe one day Burton can make Zombie Unicorns the movie a reality because if anyone can do it it’s him. Obviously, Danny Elfman will be writing the score as Burton’s partner Helena Bonham Carter and Johnny Depp star in the film.
Side note: Did anyone else think of the cover for author John Green’s novella, Zombiecorn? No, just me? Okay.
Charlie Tahan may only just be 15-years-old. But having worked with stars like Will Smith in I Am Legend and Natalie Portman in The Other Woman, the teen already boasts a very impressive résumé.
Most known as Zac Efron’s little brother in Charlie St. Cloud, Tahan now enters into his first voice role starring in Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie.
Chatting with andPOP, Tahan shared some of his experiences on set and talked more about his character, Victor Frankenstein.
Tim Burton is known to make some dark films. What makes Frankenweenie appealing to everyone?
Yeah, he makes some dark films but there is always more to his movies. Some people might think at first that Frankenweenie would be really dark too because it is sort of has themes about death, and monsters and stuff. But what it is really about… it is mostly a story about a boy and his dog, and how much they love each other. And that is appealing to almost everyone, kids and adults.
Bringing a corpse back to life is often (if not always) extremely creepy. But in Tim Burton’s new film Frankenweenie, resurrection is just as cute and endearing when it involves a boy and his everlasting love for his dog.
Set in the fictional town of New Holland, Victor Frankenstein (voiced by Charlie Tahan) is a bright and curious boy who doesn’t have many friends. Spending much of his time cooped up in the attic doing science experiments, the only companion he has is his beloved dog Sparky.
Together, the two are inseparable. So much so, that Victor’s caring parents (voiced by Martin Short and Catherine O’Hara) convince him to make friends and try different things.
Everything changes when Sparky dies unexpectedly after an accident. Trying to deal with his grief in science class, Victor is suddenly inspired when his eccentric teacher Mr. Rzykruski (Martin Landau) shows how a dead frog’s limbs still work when electrocuted. Motivated, Victor rushes back home to devise a plan to bring his dog back to life.
When the plan works and Sparky lives, Victor tries to keep his resurrected pet a secret. But when Sparky gets out, havoc breaks and it’s up to Victor to save the day.
Things I loved:
It just wouldn’t be a Tim Burton film without some quirky characters, and with their bulging eyes and oversized heads, these ones are especially so. Some favourites that come to mind are Victor’s classmates, Edgar (Atticus Shaffer) and Weird Girl (also voiced by Catherine O’Hara), who try to tamper with his scientific discovery.
Winona Ryder on the other hand, seems to play the sanest character on the bill as Elsa Van Helsing. She holds the most sympathy for Victor during his loss, but is way too distracted dealing with her tyrant uncle, who just so happens to be the town mayor (also voiced by Martin Short).
But the most interesting character in the movie is none other than science teacher Mr. Rzykruski. Sounding like a European Dracula, he steals the show, applying strange and unsettling teaching methods to his class.
The Special Effects
I’m not a big fan of 3D because I find it hardly ever works. But coupled with the film’s beautiful set designs and art direction, Frankenweenie is worth seeing in another dimension.
Despite being in black and white to pay homage to Old Hollywood, this film never ceases to amaze me. While it’s a stop-motion animation, at times the scenes are so real you can almost feel the sweat dripping from the characters’ faces.
I’ve heard that a lot of people are wary about the new movie “Dark Shadows” because it’s based on a cult television show from the late 1960s that arguably can’t be perfected. I haven’t seen that series but I’ll admit I’m starting to cringe whenever I see yet another new vampire-themed anything.
Still, Tim Burton’s new movie starring Johnny Depp (duh, who else would it be?) looks pretty funny. The gothic-horror centers around a lovably dark vampire named Barnabas who is buried alive by a vengeful witch. Barnabas wakes up in the trippy 1970s to find that his mansion is overtaken by the dysfunctional Collins family.
I like what I see: from the time-warped quaint setting to the ultra-cheesy soundtrack. Plus, it stars another Burton fave: Helena Bonham Carter. The movie will be out on May 11, just enough time to catch up on the series if your’e so inclined.
I’ve never seen Tim Burton’s original 1984 short film Frankenweenie but it must be pretty good since Disney green lighted a remake. The film’s new trailer reminds me of the black and white stop motion animation he used in his classic films, spurring a lot of nostalgia for adults who watched it as kids.
Of course the “Franken” part of the name is an homage to the 1931 Frankenstein, which forms the basis of the story. But the “weenie” part is for the dog, Sparky. In Burton’s version, a boy named Victor loses his dog Sparky and uses the power of science to bring it back to life. Victor tries to hide his creation but the mischievous Sparky gets out and causes havoc in the town.
The movie looks like it has a lot of classic Tim Burton humour and it stars Winona Ryder and Martin Short. But we’ll have to wait until October 5 to see if it’s as good as the trailer.
The name alone, “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” might draw confusion and general uncertainty from the average person, but there are some reasons why the new trailer is mildly convincing. The effects look pretty impressive, it’s produced by Tim Burton and it’s based on Seth Grahame-Smith’s novel of the same name. With roughly 5 percent historical accuracy, the 16th president’s mother is killed by a supernatural creature, which sends him on a rampage against vampires and their slave-owning helpers.
Will you see it or have you had enough of the vampire craze?
We’re buzzing over the Beetlejuice sequel that’s currently in the works and now Michael Keaton says he’s hugely interested in reprising his role. Keaton, who worked with Tim Burton in the original 1988 movie, apparently discussed the idea with writer Seth Graeme-Smith.
Smith said: “It’s a reality in the sense that I met with Michael Keaton last week. We talked for a couple of hours and talked about big picture stuff. It’s a priority for Warner Bros. It’s a priority for Tim.”
Keaton says he’s been waiting for 20 years to do a sequel and he’ll talk to anyone who will listen. Now all we need is Winona Ryder!
The film earned an additional $62 Million last week, making its total box office gross $208 Million, according to Hollywood Insider. 13 percent of that money came from the IMAX 3-D screens.
A British newspaper issued an apology to Alice in Wonderland Helena Bonham Carter for printing unfounded claims about her home life with Tim Burton, reports Perez Hilton. The piece said the family was living in separate houses with Bonham Carter in one, Burton in another and their two children and a nanny in a third. The truth is that the family lives in one large house with three interconnected living spaces.
The Tim Burton film topped original box office expectations by the Disney executives. However one cannot be completely surprised by these results with people lining up for 11am screenings. Additionally there was strong support from British audiences which brought in $16.8 Million, even though the film almost wasn’t released in theatres there.
British cinema chain Odeon has reached a deal with Walt Disney Studios regarding the 3-D movie Alice in Wonderland, reversing a previously announced boycott of the film, reports CBC. The flick, which opens across Europe and North America March 5, will be screened in Odeon’s theatres throughout the United Kingdom, Ireland and Italy.
Director Tim Burton’s take on the classic story premiered Thursday night in London’s West end at Leicester Square cinema, owned by Odeon, mere hours after the agreement was reached.
Following “detailed negotiations with the Walt Disney Company Ltd., an enduring agreement has been reached encompassing all the different aspects of both companies’ commercial relationship,” Odeon announced in a statement.
Johnny Depp and his partner Vanessa Paradis prefer not to shower, choosing to stay ”unruly” whenever they can, reports Perez Hilton. Depp, who has been promoting his upcoming film Alice in Wonderland, says he and Paradis are happy to just live peacefully.
“We have a great place in the South of France,” he said. “It’s a little hamlet – only 45 acres – and I don’t do anything. I’ve not left the property for three months at a time. I literally just wake up, go out, check the garden and see the vegetables growing. It’s a pristine existence in terms of simplicity. There’s no talk of movies or work and, infinitely more important, the telephone never rings. It really is a beautiful, simple life.”
Lavigne joins a stellar team of musicians on the soundtrack f0r the new adaptation of the Lewis Carroll classic, which already includes a collaboration of Blink-182′s Mark Hoppus and Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz, and a brand new track from All Time Low.
Despite the trio of bands and their pop-punk natures, Wentz assured MTV that his work with Hoppus was outside the box.
Director Tim Burton has found his Wonderland queens in the form of Anne Hathaway and Helena Bonham Carter.
The two are the latest cast additions to Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland,” which will rework the classic Lewis Carroll tale using a combination of live action and performance-capture technology.
As previously reported, Johnny Depp will play the Mad Hatter in the movie, while Australian newcomer Mia Wasikowska has signed on as Alice.
Hathaway is playing the benevolent White Queen, while Bonham Carter will get to say the famous line “Off with their heads!” as her sister, the Red Queen.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hathaway’s character, who is deposed and banished by her sibling, recruits Alice to slay a creature known as the Bandersnatch.
The movie is currently shooting and will hit theatres in March 2010.
Hathaway, who is picking up Oscar buzz for her performance in the just-released “Rachel Getting Married,” will next appear in the supernatural thriller “Passengers.”
Bonham Carter has frequently worked with Burton, her fiancé, and has several films in post-production, including “Terminator: Salvation” and “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.”
Australian actress Mia Wasikowska is set to chase the White Rabbit and have tea with the Mad Hatter in her latest role.
The 18-year-old newcomer is in final negotiations to star in Tim Burton’s adaptation of the classic fantasy novel “Alice in Wonderland,” ending an exhaustive search for the Disney movie’s lead.
Scripted by Linda Woolverton (“The Lion King”), the big-budget film will be presented in Disney Digital 3-D and mix live-action and performance-capture footage.
Burton’s take on the 1865 tale by Lewis Carroll, formally known as “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” isn’t the first time the director is adapting a literary work for the big screen — his 2005 movie “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” was based on the well-known novel by Roald Dahl.
Filming is slated to begin this November, with a target release date of 2010.
Wasikowska, who made her TV debut in the Aussie series “All Saints,” is currently a regular on HBO’s “In Treatment.”
She recently finished shooting her role as a young Amelia Earhart in the Hilary Swank-starring biopic “Amelia,” and will appear opposite Daniel Craig in the war drama “Defiance,” due in theatres in December.
Actor Johnny Depp and director Tim Burton are teaming up once again. The two will collaborate on a film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s stage musical, “Sweeney Todd.”
DreamWorks studio made the announcement on Thursday. The film is slated for release in late 2007.
Depp and Burton have worked together many times before, most notably on films like “Edward Scissorhands,” “Sleepy Hollow,” and most recently on “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”
Depp will play the film’s title character, a razor-wielding barbar who seeks revenge against a judge for wrongful imprisonment.
Though many versions of the story, which stems from British lore, have been produced, the film will be based on Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” interpretation. It was a hit on Broadway in 1979, earning eight Tony Awards.