Recently, Walt Disney Studios released two sets of images from the upcoming film, "Frankenweenie," directed by Tim Burton.Originally, Burton wanted to create “Frankenweenie” as a full-length, stop-motion animated film, but due to budget woes, he instead settled for a live-action short he created for Disney in 1984. At the time, Disney fired Burton for wasting money and creating a short that was too scary for children, the intended audience. Though the short was seen oversees, it wasn’t until 1994 that American audiences received an invitation to see the flick via VHS. Ironically, the very same studio recently green lit Burton’s original vision to be seen in theaters October 5.
Disney describes the new movie this way: “After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor Frankenstein (Charlie Than) harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life—with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor’s fellow students, teachers and the entire town all learn that getting a new “leash on life” can be monstrous.”
Here are the main characters featured in the film:
Victor Frankenstein is a clever and industrious 10-year-old boy who is inspired by science. He lives with his parents and dog, Sparky, in the town of New Holland. Victor immerses himself in making films and inventing in his attic workshop. When he loses Sparky, Victor uses scientific ingenuity to bring him back to life. He is voiced by Charlie Tahan.
Victor's parents are voiced by Martin Short and Catherine O'hara
Sparky is a devoted and playful bull terrier whose sense of curiosity is matched only by his beloved owner, Victor. Sparky enjoys chasing after balls and being the star of Victor's homemade movies. He exudes tons of energy and enthusiasm.
Persephone is a perfectly groomed black poodle with an enormously large poof or hair on her head. She is curious and flirtatious with Sparky and fiercely loyal to Elsa, her owner. When Persephone and Sparky first meet in the backyard, the attraction is instantaneous and electrifying.
Toshiaki is over-achieving and mega-competitive. He delights in beating Victor at his own game and like a power-hungry, mad scientist, Toshiaki will stop at nothing to win the top prize in the school's science fair - even if it means stealing Victor's ideas to do it. He is voiced by James Hiroyuki Liao.
Bob is a momma's boy who is the brawn to Toshiaki's brains. He is agreeable and never mean-spirited, but on the flip side he's easily led and gullible. Bob follows Toshiaki everywhere, but is the first one to run to Victor for help when he gets in over his head. Bob is voiced by Robert Capron.
Bob's mom is voiced by Conchata Ferrell
Elsa Van Helsing is a soulful and somber classmate of Victor. She lives next door to him with her tyrant uncle, Mayor Burgemeister, who forces her to be this year's "Little Dutch Girl" at the town's celebration of Dutch Day. Elsa also has a beloved pet, her poodle Persephone, and truly empathizes with Victor when he loses Sparky. She is voiced by Winona Ryder.
Mr. Burgemeister is the Frankenstein’s next-door neighbor and Mayor of New Holland. A crotchety fuss-bucket, he is fanatical about his garden and can’t stand Sparky or anything else that threatens the perfection of his tulips. Mr. Burgemeister also asserts his authority over his niece Elsa Van Helsing by making her the reluctant star of his New Holland Dutch Day celebration. He is voiced by Martin Short.
EDGAR "E" GORE
Edgar “E” Gore is a needy misfit who doesn’t have friends but is desperate to be Victor’s partner for the science fair. In his attempts to be accepted ‘E’ tends to mess things up and often fails to think before he speaks. Even though ‘E’ promises not to tell Victor’s secret, he accidentally spills the beans. He is voiced by Atticus Shaffer.
Mr. Rzykruski is the new science teacher at New Holland Elementary School. He has a thick, Eastern European accent and a unique way of explaining things. He connects with his students; however, parents misunderstand his passionate teaching style. Mr. Rzykruski serves as a mentor and inspiration to Victor, teaching him that science can do both good and bad things and that if a scientist does not put his heart into his experiment, there could be disastrous consequences. He is voiced by Martin Landau.
Nassor is highly intelligent, serious and intense. He takes a darker, more doomsday view on life than the other kids in New Holland. Nassor is instantly skeptical of the rumors surrounding Victor’s experiments with electricity, but once convinced, he is zealous in his quest to obtain Victor’s secrets. He is voiced by Martin Short.
Weird Girl doesn’t fit in well with the other kids in New Holland, but it’s easy to see why—she delivers ominous pronouncements in a monotone voice with an unnerving stare. Her constant companion is her fluffy, white cat Mr. Whiskers, whose unblinking gaze matches her own. The other kids give them a wide berth—especially when Weird Girl rambles about Mr. Whiskers’ dreams. She is voiced by Catherine O'Hara.