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The first images of Tim Burton’s “Frankenweenie” hit the web

The first images of Tim Burton’s “Frankenweenie” hit the web (photo)

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The short that originally got Tim Burton fired as an artist for Disney is now one of their most highly anticipated films of 2012. Burton is back to his usual tricks in the upcoming children’s horror comedy “Frankenweenie,” which is being transformed from his 1984 live-action original into a feature-length 3D stop motion film. The first images from the movie have hit the web, and shows that the flick is in line with Burton’s previous stop-motion endeavors, “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and “The Corpse Bride.”

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Entertainment Weekly has the photos and also interviewed Burton to chat about the project. He explained that the “Frankenstein” spoof/parody that is “Frankenweenie” came from a twist off the classic tale of a boy and his beloved dog.

“It just tries to keep that idea of a very, simple pure relationship,” he said. “Mix that with the ‘Frankenstein’ myth and it causes problems.”

In part, the movie is based off Burton’s own experiences with his first dog. He recalls that the pet’s name was Pepe and had an illness called distemper that was supposed to cause him to die after a few years. But Pepe lived much long than expected, which Burton said “kind of fed into this Frankenstein mythology as well.”

Of course, Burton didn’t try to tap into his scientific side and bring his pup back together like “Frankenweenie’s” main character Victor does with his beloved pet Sparky. The “Alice in Wonderland” director promised that this first image that’s been released of Sparky is not how the dog is going to look for very long.

“He doesn’t have any stitches yet,” he said with a laugh. “That’s only a short part of the film. Don’t get too used to that look.”

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Disney originally shelved his short after he made in 1984, deeming it too scary for young audiences and a waste of company resources. But after Burton’s successes with “Beetlejuice,” “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure” and “Batman,” Disney finally gave “Frankenweenie” a home video release in 1994.

Burton told EW that he still isn’t sure what happened in Disney executives’ minds to change their mind about his project so drastically.

“I don’t know, they got freaked out or something, but they still allowed me to make the film,” he said. “Even though I was frustrated about the release — or not release of it — it was still a great experience, and did a lot for me, so I couldn’t really complain.”

“Frankenweenie” hits theaters on October 5, 2012. It stars the voice talents of Winona Ryder, Martin Short, Catherine O’Hara and Martin Landau.

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Inauguration Alternative

Bill Murray On Repeat

It's a movie "Murray-thon" all-day Friday on IFC.

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Democrats, Republicans and Millennials agree: 2017 is shaping up to be a spectacle — a spectacle that really kicks into high gear this Friday with the presidential inauguration. Not only will the new POTUS swear in, but all the Country’s highest offices will be filled. It’s a daunting prospect, and to feel a little anxious about it is only normal. But if your anxiety is snowballing into panic, we have a solution:
Bill Murray.

He’s the human embodiment of a mental “Happy Place”, and there’s really no problem he can’t solve. So, with that in mind, how about we all set aside reality for a moment and let Bill take the pain away by imagining a top-shelf White House cabinet filled exclusively by his signature characters. Here are a few hypothetical appointments for your consideration…

Secretary of Defense:
Bill Murray from Stripes

His incompetence is balanced by charm, and dumb luck is inexplicably on his side. America could do worse.

Secretary of State:
Bill Murray from Lost In Translation

A seasoned globetrotter steeped in regional traditions who has the respect of the whole wide world. And he kills Costello in karaoke, which is very important.

Press Secretary:
Bill Murray from Ghostbusters

“Cats and dogs, living together. Mass hysteria.” Dude knows how to brief a room.

Secretary of Health and Human Services:
Bill Murray from What About Bob.

A doctor-approved people person who knows that progress is measured in baby steps.

Secretary of Energy:
Bill Murray from Groundhog Day

Let’s be honest, this world is going to need a lot of do-overs.

Feeling better? Hold on to that bliss. And enjoy a healthy alternative to the inauguration brouhaha with multiple Murrays all Friday long in an IFC movie marathon including Kingpin, Zombieland, Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II.

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Home Run

Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Car Notes

Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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