Martin Short, Catherine O'Hara bring Frankenweenie to life
The two vets of Canadian comedy join forces with Tim Burton for his 3D stop-motion feature-length version of Frankenweenie, the short film he infamously made when he was 25 that was shelved after being deemed too weird, now, of course, a calling card of the gothic auteur who, according to Catherine O'Hara is the same man she met on the set of Beetlejuice way back in 1988.
Frankenweenie finds kindly loner Victor (voice of Charlie Tahan) distraught after his dog Sparky gets run over by a car and decides to bring him back to life, Frankenstein-styles. Soon, though, neighbourhood kids are trying to reanimate various pets and creatures with disastrous results in this sweet tale that also pays homage to classic monster films of yore.
O'Hara and Martin Short lend their voices to multiple characters for Frankenweenie, and got silly when they sat down together to tell us how they figured out when they hit on the right one, and revealed that Tim Burton is much funnier than you think.
Frankenweenie opens in Cineplex theatres October 5.