Tim Burton's 'Frankenweenie' To Open The London Film Festival

 @Justine__Ashley
on August 23 2012 1:45 PM

Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie" will open the 56th BFI London Film Festival, marking the film's European premier. 

The animated horror/comedy will hit theaters across the U.K. on the same day. Red carpet arrivals for film's debut will be streamed to 30 theaters throughout the country.

The stop-motion 3D animated film reimagines Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" as a tale about a young boy who uses science and the supernatural to bring his beloved dog, Sparky, back from the dead. At first, Victor keeps Sparky hidden, but the dog escapes into town, and adventures ensue.

Robert Capron, Conchata Ferrell, Catherine O'Hara, Martin Landau, Winona Ryder, Atticus Shaffer, Martin Short and Charlie Tahan all lend their voices to the film.  

This is the first time that Burton has directed an animated film for Disney.  

In honor of the film's release, the festival will run an exhibition called  "The Art of Frankenweenie" from Oct. 17-21.

The full lineup for the festival is set to be revealed on Sept. 5. The highly esteemed festival will kick off on Oct. 10 and run until Oct. 21. 

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