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.”


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.”


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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Bob & David Are Back

Watch David Cross, Bob Odenkirk and Scott Aukerman in the Hilarious ‘With Bob & David’ Trailer

Catch David Cross in the return of Todd Margaret on January 7th at 10P on IFC.

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David Cross (Todd Margaret), Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul) and Comedy Bang! Bang! host Scott Aukerman are back with the trailer for the long-awaited Mr. Show “non-reunion” reunion, W/ Bob & David.

The upcoming Netflix sketch comedy show reunites Bob and David with Mr. Show writers and performers John Ennis, Jay Johnston, Paul F. Tompkins, Brian Posehn and Mr. Hot Saucerman himself, Scott Aukerman. But this is not a Mr. Show reunion. In March, Odenkirk told Rolling Stone that W/ Bob & David is “a new sketch-comedy show featuring the writing and performing of the great and special Bob and David and please use those terms because it’s like [the] King of Pop — the Great and Special Bob and David.”

Still, Bob and David fans will notice that the new show tackles topics like time travel, police interrogations and eccentric tech wizards with the same absurdist wit that made Mr. Show a comedy classic. Also, lots of wigs. You can’t have a sketch show without wigs.

After you’ve binge-watched W/ Bob & David in November, be sure to catch David in the third season of Todd Margaret when it premieres Thursday, January 7th at 10P ET/PT on IFC. The first three episodes of the six-episode series air back-to-back on January 7th, with the remaining three episodes premiering the following week on Thursday, January 14th at 10pm ET/PT. Finally those cans of Thunder Muscle you’ve been hoarding for a rainy day will come in handy.

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Take This Quiz for a Spin

The Power Compels You to Take the Exorcist Movie Quiz

Catch an all-day Exorcist marathon on Sunday, November 1st.

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The Exorcist is a modern horror classic thanks to many of its haunting images: the ominous stairwell, the spider walk, the face of the demon. Before you catch IFC’s all-day Exorcist movie marathon on November 1st, take this quiz to see how well you remember the film, its sequels and its influence in pop culture.


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Get Freaky With Gigi

5 Ways Gigi Can Help You Become a Better Lover

Gigi limbers up for love tonight at 10:30 PT/ET.

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Coming down off this weekend’s Pixy Stix sugar high? Well, rather than raid your grandkids’ candy sacks for some stray Charleston Chews, tune in to tonight’s all new Gigi Does It at 10:30P ET/PT for enough sweet sass to send you into a diabetic coma. But before you fire up the ol’ Life Alert, here are five ways to get ready for tonight’s episode that will also improve your moves in the boudoir.

1. Relive your crazy Halloween.

Sure, you’ve already rung in All Hallows’ Eve with some petty vandalism and your best Taylor Swift getup. But it’s never too late to break out the spooky ghoul costume and do like Gigi and put that TP in the trees to good, practical use.

2. Try something new in the bedroom.

Every healthy relationship ought to include some variety in the intimacy department, which is why it’s always smart to brush up on what those wild kids are doing in the bedroom these days. (If you’re confused with any of the terms, consult your male nurse.)

3. Limber up.

Physical therapists advise against sitting or lying down for extended periods of time, so take a moment to stretch out those quads and hammies with Gigi – regardless of how many “good legs” you have.

4. Browse the Web with a friend.

Surfing the ‘net with a pal can be fun. Just watch out for those nasty pop-up ads.

5. Watch the video that is too hot for Facebook.

Deemed “Too Hot for Facebook,” this Gigi clip removes the bleeps and blurs for a raw, NSFW look at the foul-mouthed granny in action.

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Ready for Freddy?

Take the Ultimate Nightmare on Elm Street Movie Quiz

Spend Halloween with an all day Nightmare on Elm Street marathon on IFC.

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Freddy Krueger first grabbed America’s attention with the Nightmare On Elm Street films – and later grabbed cash with a TV series, a Nintendo game, a 1-900 number, toys, dolls, a board game and a pinball machine. But despite the corny spin-offs, the Elm Street movies left psychic scars on a generation of horror fans. Before you catch IFC’s Nightmare on Elm Street movie marathon this Halloween, see how well you know the Freddy films.


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