Tim Burton’s “Frankenweenie” will be barking all over this year’s BFI London Film Festival. The 3D black-and-white stop-motion animated feature-length version of Burton’s acclaimed early short about a pet dog brought back from the dead will open the fest October 10th with its European premiere.
A related free-to-the-public exhibition, “The Art of Frankenweenie,” will run October 17-21 at the fest, as well. Disney opens the film in the UK October 17.
Opening night, audiences in 30 theaters around the country, including BFI Imax, will have the opportunity to watch the red carpet action at Odeon Leicester Square live via streaming ahead of a screening of the film. Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau and Winona Ryder are among the actors doing voices in the film and are expected to be on hand with Burton at the BFI London fest event.
“Funny, dark and whimsical, this gloriously crafted stop-motion 3D animation from Tim Burton — the reigning prince of outsiders — playfully turns the Frankenstein story on its bolted-on head,” said BFI head of exhibition and festival director Clare Stewart. “‘Frankenweenie’ is a perfect choice of opener — it’s a film that revels in the magic of movies from one of cinema’s great visionaries. Tim Burton has chosen London as his home city and hundreds of talented British craftspeople have contributed to this production. To host the European Premiere, to present ‘The Art of Frankenweenie’ Exhibition and to take our Opening Night out to 30 screens means we are making the Festival even more accessible for film fans across the UK.”
The 56th BFI London Film Festival runs October 10 through October 21.