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FRANKENWEENIE scores some major voice talent

GATW Guest Writer

by: GATW Guest Writer
September 21st, 2010

What was once a short film pieced together by an aspiring director, is now being adapted into a feature length film for Disney. FRANKENWEENIE, directed by Tim Burton, was confirmed way back in 2007 as "moving forward," but until recently, we haven't heard much from the WEENIE camp. Back in March, we heard that FRANKENWEENIE 3D would be "starting soon," but now we have our first real sign of production: a voice cast.

Joining Burton on his project (which as of yet, still has no director) are Winona Ryder as Elsa and Martin Landau as Mr. Rzykruski. Landau has a great voice for voice acting, as can be seen in his most recent voice work, 9. Also joining are Martin Short and Catherine O'Hara - Short will be playing four voices, O'Hara clocks in with five. Short, too, is a great voice actor (THE PEBBLE AND THE PENGUIN, JIMMY NEUTRON: BOY GENIUS, TREASURE PLANET [my personal favorite]).

For those of you who aren't aware, FRANKENWEENIE (which can be viewed on the NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS DVD, with Part One embedded below) tells the story of Victor, who brings his dog, Sparky (who is hit by a car), back to life after learning about electrical impulses in the body.

Something I find interesting is a defined lack of Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter. The last picture Burton directed without either of them (if I'm not mistaken) was MARS ATTACKS. The pair have become a lucky charm of sorts. Granted, this is an early list, and the voice of Victor (the main character) has yet to be cast. Should the situation arise, it'll be interesting to see Burton work with new talent again.

As of now, Disney has the film set to release March 9, 2011.

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