Tim Burton's Frankenweenie is easily one of my most anticipated animated films of the summer. The black and white, stop-motion homage to classic monster movies looks set to be one of the best animated films of the year, and it seems others agree with me.
It was announced today that Frankenweenie will open the 56th annual BFI London Film Festival on 10th October! The film opens in the US on 5th October, but this will be the European premiere for the film (which opens nationwide on 17th). The premiere, at the Odeon Leicester Square, will be attended by Burton, producer Allison Abbate and executive producer Don Hahn, as well as several voice cast members. It will also screen simultaneously in 30 cinemas across the UK - so keep your eyes peeled for the listings!
An "Art of Frankenweenie" show will also run (for free!) from 17th - 21st, and you can check out information on tickets here from 5th September.
London Film Festival director, Clare Stweart, offered up her thoughts on having Frankenweenie opening the festival. Check her comments out below, as well as the video embedded above:
“Funny, dark and whimsical, this gloriously crafted stop-motion 3D animation from Tim Burton – the reigning prince of outsiders – playfully turns the Frankenstein story on its bolted-on head. Frankenweenie is a perfect choice of opener – it’s a film that revels in the magic of movies from one of cinema’s great visionaries."
With this and Laika's ParaNorman, spooky stop-motion flicks seem to be a big winner this year!