Entertainment Weekly has the first look at Frankenweenie, Tim Burton's 3D black and white stop-motion remake of his own 1984 short film of the same name.
A parody of, and homage to, the 1931 film Frankenstein and Mary Shelley's classic novel, Frankenweenie centers on a boy named Victor who uses his science kit to bring his beloved pet Sparky back to life after the dog is struck by a car.
Burton was fired from Disney for making the original live-action short, and the featurette buried for 10 years by executives who found it, well, too weird.
“I don’t know, they got freaked out or something, but they still allowed me to make the film,” the filmmaker tells EW. “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.”
Fast-forward nearly three decades, past Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride, and now Disney is set to release the stop-motion remake, which reunites the director with Winona Ryder, Catherine O'Hara, Martin Landau, Martin Short and Conchata Ferrell.
The new, feature-length Frankenweenie, which has experienced a couple of delays itself, is finally set to premiere Oct. 5, 2012.