Frankenweenie is out in the US, and the countdown is now on to its UK release this coming Wednesday. So, a couple of days ago, the film had its European premiere at the 56th BFI London Film Festival, a star-studded event featuring appearances from director Tim Burton, wife Helena Bonham-Carter, producer Allison Abbate and more!
Director Tim Burton at the European premiere of Frankenweenie at the Odeon Leicester Square on 10th October.
Walt Disney Studios UK's YouTube channel brings us the above video of the evening's events prior to the film, and the film's UK Facebook page uploaded some pictures from the red carpet by the Odeon Leicester Square in London.
There's been an outpouring of reviews from the premiere too. The Telegraph's Robbie Collin awarded the film 4/5 stars, writing:
"Frankenweenie is a marvellously macabre stop-motion animation, and Tim Burton's sweetest, most disarming work since 1990’s Edward Scissorhands" - Read the full review.
Mail Online's Chris Tookey also gave Frankenweenie four stars, saying:
"Frankenweenie, the Opening Night gala movie at the BFI London Film Festival, is a return to form for Tim Burton and his most entertaining venture yet into stop-motion animation.
It shares a similar visual style to The Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride, but contains better jokes and a more winning storyline. It also makes effectively cheesy use of 3D." - Read the full review.
And The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw is slightly less enthusiastic, but still enjoyed it, giving it three stars and saying:
"[Frankenweenie] is actually a sentimental kind of retro gothic lite, appearing under the Disney banner: very Tim Burton and also very Steven Spielberg, whose influence was at its most potent when the story was conceived: ET meets The Munsters." Concluding that "it's a likable film, though not a sensational development in Tim Burton's career." - Read the full review.
The strong BFI reviews mean that Frankenweenie now sits at a very respectable 87% Certified Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes - with a top critic rating of 92% - and consensus reading:
"Frankenweenie is an energetic stop-motion horror movie spoof with lovingly crafted visuals and a heartfelt, oddball story."
And if that didn't whet your appetite enough, check out this great little TV spot for the film, which is open now in the US and on 17th here in the UK.