Fantastic Fest 2012 Opening Night Movie: The World Premiere Of Tim Burton’s FRANKENWEENIE!

The opening night movie of Fantastic Fest is always a big deal, and this year's will feature Tim Burton's long-awaited return to animation!

You guys know how much we love Fantastic Fest around these parts. We look forward to that feverish week in September all year long, and the opening movie is always a particularly huge deal. This year it's an even huger deal than usual, as the opening night movie will feature Tim Burton's hugely anticipated return to animation! Ever since Burton announced that he'd direct a full-length feature of his incredibly popular and quirky short, we've been excited to see Frankenweenie. It's a pretty spectacular way to kick off FF2012! Now we just have to wait THREE WHOLE MONTHS.

Read on for the press release, and see the rad new art for Fantastic Fest 2012 below!


Austin, TX—Friday, June 29, 2012— Fantastic Fest is excited to announce Walt Disney Pictures’ Frankenweenie will have its world premiere on September 20 as the opening night film for the 2012 festival, happening September 20-27 in Austin, Texas at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar.

"Tim Burton stands as a titan of modern genre cinema.  To world premiere the feature adaptation of his early beloved short is a huge honor for me personally and for the festival in general," said Fantastic Fest Co-founder & Creative Director Tim League.

From creative genius Tim Burton (Alice in Wonderland, The Nightmare Before Christmas) comes Frankenweenie, a heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life—with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor’s fellow students, teachers and the entire town all learn that getting a new “leash on life” can be monstrous.

A stop-motion animated film, Frankenweenie was filmed in black and white and rendered in 3D. The talented voice cast includes: Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan, Atticus Shaffer, Robert Capron, Conchata Ferrell and Winona Ryder.

Presented by Disney, Frankenweenie is directed by Tim Burton, produced by Tim Burton and Allison Abbate, from a screenplay by John August, based on an original idea by Tim Burton. Frankenweenie releases in U.S. theaters on October 5, 2012.

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