Burton’s FRANKENWEENIE casting call reveals plot details

by: GATW Guest Writer
December 2nd, 2009

FRANKENWEENIE

I am a huge Tim Burton fan, especially when he dabbles in stop-motion animation. There is something unique and simply spectacular in his films like THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS and CORPSE BRIDE. Well, it looks like Burton might be adding another stop-motion film to his list of hits before too long, that being his feature-length adaptation of his short film, FRANKENWEENIE.

FRANKENWEENIE was one of Burton's first films, meeting completion all the way back in 1984. That might be two years before I shot my way out of my mother's womb, but I have still seen the film multiple times. If you have yet to see the short, YouTube that sucker, which is divided into three parts, HERE, HERE, and HERE.

As you can guess, this new FRANKENWEENIE will include a lot more story and plot lines than the original because it's, well it is going to be longer. More time to fill, more room to explore. So what is going to be added to the original story? I cannot tell you all that much, unfortunately, but I can let you read a recent casting call that was sent out. Why is that of any significance? Because casting calls, like this one, usually come with a background of characters and sometimes snippets of events as well. Learn more about the upcoming FRANKENWEENIE project after the jump.

(EDGAR) A Caucasian Male 8-11 years old. Edgar is a needy little kid who wants desperately to be accepted by the cool kids in his class. Naturally a little nerdy, he gravitates to Victor and basically annoys him until he agrees to let him be his lab partner. He is more than a little gullible and is easily tricked into giving away Victor’s precious secret and unwittingly starting the whole mess with the other monsters.

(TOSHIAKI) A Japanese Male 8-11 years old. Toshiaki is the natural leader of the cool kids in Victor’s class. He is a good athlete, and an avid little league baseball player but Toshiaki has a mischievous side. He is the one that ultimately manipulates E into giving up the secret of Sparky and it is his idea to turn the other animals into monsters. He is Japanese and his monster creation is a little Godzilla lizard.

(BOB) A Caucasian Male 8-11 years old. Bob is the dumb, jockey kid. He has more brawn than brains. He follows Toshiaki and Nassor around even when it means that he has to be the one to test the home made jet pack that Toshiaki has created.

(NASSOR) A Middle-Eastern Male 8-11 years old. Nassor is the star of the little league team and just goes along with Toshiak’s plan. He is a bit more serious than the others but still doesn’t see the impending chaos when he chooses to bring his hamster mummy back to life.

(WEIRD GIRL) A Caucasian Female 8-11 years old. She has a very dark and ominous take on even the most mundane occurrences and jumps at the chance to bring some dead animals back to life.

(ELSA) A Caucasian Female 8-11 years old. Elsa is a sweet girl who likes to follow the rules and not cause too much trouble. A bit of a “goody two shoes,” she is not afraid to speak up and even corrects the teacher when he makes a mistake. She is excited about the festivities planned for the town’s Dutch Day parade and even has a solo dance number in the show.

The adults in the film, as well as the lead child role, have all been left off the casting call. Not because anyone has been cast already, or because they won't be in the film, but more than likely because they already have some people in mind. I am thinking we will probably see the usual Burton buddies (such as his wife Helena Bonham Carter) cast in the film. As for the lead, I have no idea who they might already have an eye on to voice Victor. Any guesses?

That is quite an interesting list of characters that are needed to fill for production to begin. I am really intrigued on the whole "many monsters" plot line, especially when it comes to the Japanese kid making a Godzilla creature. John August (BIG FISH, CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY) has written the script, and ideas such as filming in black and white, and converting into 3-D are still being discussed. Who knows where this thing is going to go. All I hope is that it comes out good, but Burton has yet to ever let me down.

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    I’d love to see the boy who plays Brick on “The Middle” – Atticus Shaffer.

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