The first time I saw anything related to Tim Burton was when I turn my TV on one day and saw a Disney special about their new talent, I was about 7. They showed a stop-motion short film called Vincent, about a young boy who dreamed about being Vincent Price. It scared me, yes, but for some reason there was something about it I just loved. I’m older now, and I still find Tim Burton‘s love of cinema fascinating (and also spooky, in a good way). In his new project Frankenweenie, he goes back to an early live action project of his made during the years he worked for Disney (can you imagine a Black and White short film about a kid who brings his dead dog back to life “Frankenstein-Style” during the 80’s? By Disney? Exactly.) But guess what? Burton has proved to be an audience pleaser over the years.
You can tell by now I’m a Burton fan, and I know is not the common denominator among film lovers. I wish more people were aware of his artistic sensibilities and the fact that he mashes up so many cinematic genres ( German Expressionism, Black and White, Pop Art, B-movies and others) and even so you can still tell is a Burton film after a few scenes has appeared on screen.
OK, enough with the “Burton Fest.” I have a main concern about this trailer and its acceptance. Besides my love for it and the score by often collaborator Danny Elfman, the fact that a kid is bringing his beloved dead dog back to life might appear “uncanny” to general audiences. I love the concept of the film: stop motion, an homage to old Vincent Price, black and white old school horror films. I really don’t think any studio would have backed up this type of project without a big household name in animation like Burton behind it (he is responsible of films like Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride).
I’m personally excited about this movie: it’s unique, adorably quirky, very stylish , and it’s made in an almost lost old school technique continued by very few (stop-motion), due to its high production costs. Let’s see it like this (even if you are not Burton fan): Here is a director who truly appreciates cinema, and wants to channel his project through a vintage format in a very unique way to main stream audiences in this century. Just because of that, I think this is a film worth checking out. And the cute female dog with the big light striking Pompadour doesn’t hurt either.