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Mr. Whiskers Is Trying To Tell You To Give A Look To The New Trailer For FRANKENWEENIE!!

The Kidd here...

It is absolutely easy to shit all over anything coming our way that has Tim Burton's name on it. Let's face it. He hasn't exactly been stoking any type of confidence in his work like he used to with his past few efforts. However, FRANKENWEENIE might be different. Sure, he's going back to a well he once used very early in his career, but that's when we talked about Burton fondly... so maybe he has the right idea.

A new trailer has been released for FRANKENWEENIE (view it in HD over at Apple), and there's a lot to like here. This is far from cringeworthy, and it looks like a genuinely heartfelt tale about a boy and his dog... which then just involves a lot of reanimation. Maybe this is the one that has Burton turning it around...?


-Billy Donnelly

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  • June 26, 2012, 2:07 p.m. CST

    cannot wait !!!

    by tk863

    I have always loved the original shortfilm! YAY!

  • June 26, 2012, 2:07 p.m. CST

    Looks fun.

    by beastie

    Burton's early career is overrated. It was just fun, nothing more. His new stuff, might suck, but he's not really doing anything different.

  • June 26, 2012, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Should have went back to the well with one of those PeeWee movies.

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • June 26, 2012, 2:33 p.m. CST


    by The Infamous Billy The Kidd

    I can't even imagine what Pee-Wee and Burton could put together now...

  • June 26, 2012, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Based on true events.

    by buggerbugger

    Tim Burton's faithful dog unearthed and reanimated the corpse of its master several years ago.

  • June 26, 2012, 3:22 p.m. CST

    "FRANKENWEENIE might be different"

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    What an endorsement. Unfortunately, this looks like twee, cutesy-poo garbage made by an out-of-touch directorial manchild who disappeared up his own heavily stylized ass many movies ago.

  • Unfortunately, we've learned that he wasn't hinting. What we've seen was his edgiest. Now times have changed and the world's tastes have caught up to (and surpassed) Tim Burton in terms of dark edgy style. And since he's still the same Tim Burton, he now seems passive, instead of edgy. The public wants more, and he can only give what he's always given. And let's face it, aside from a couple of shining stars, Burton has never been a fantastic storyteller. It's always been his style that we love. But now that every other filmmaker can mimic his style (with better storytelling) Burton has gotten lost in the shuffle.

  • June 26, 2012, 4:10 p.m. CST

    anti-burton = classic geek hate

    by manzoniman

    Sorry, Tim can't hear you behind the BILLION dollar pile he made from Alice. Guess he'll just have to keep on sucking.

  • June 26, 2012, 4:16 p.m. CST

    I'm getting more and more interested in this movie with each trailer.

    by Christian Sylvain

    The original short was brilliant, and I doubt that even the current Tim Burton could mess this up. The man has got the style, but damn does he need to work with better scripts.

  • June 26, 2012, 4:34 p.m. CST

    as long as it's not...

    by fauns_bass_1

    another fucking musical.

  • June 26, 2012, 4:37 p.m. CST

    sweeneydave basically nailed it

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    with less cussing and vitriol. I consider Burton's "wonka" to be unforgivable. It was like a film-within-a-film from Idiocracy. HERE COMES THE OOMPA-LOOMPA NU-METAL GUITAR ARMY

  • June 26, 2012, 5:56 p.m. CST

    This might be the film that reanimates his career.

    by ShadowHamlet

    Yes, that was bad, and obvious. Couldn't help myself.

  • June 26, 2012, 6:01 p.m. CST

    Isn't this the same movie that is on the Nightmare Blu-ray?

    by LoLWut

    Subject says it all, is this the same thing as the blu-ray?

  • June 26, 2012, 6:04 p.m. CST


    by Michael Miller

    Big Fish rocked tha shit, and you know it.

  • June 26, 2012, 8:14 p.m. CST

    Burton's best films are his most personal ones

    by P

    And if he's been carrying around this story as long as he has, it might be pretty great. It's not like there's been some great demand for a feature length Frankenweenie. It's obviously very personal to him. Here's hoping. I haven't watched anything he's done since Big Fish. They just haven't appealed to me. But this I might have to check out. Folks tend to forget how many classic films he's given us. He doesn't owe us a damn thing.

  • June 26, 2012, 8:55 p.m. CST


    by shodan6672

    Alice in Wonderland was completely unwatchable. People "bash" Burton because he hasn't made a film worth a damn since Big Fish (which was outstanding).

  • June 26, 2012, 9:31 p.m. CST

    Henry Selick should have directed this

    by GrendelGrendelGrendel

    instead of burton.

  • June 27, 2012, 12:16 a.m. CST

    happy ugly people = bad, sad ugly people = good

    by DukieMichaelNamondRandy

    despite his use of ugly people and trying to uglify Depp, Burton pretty much spells out who the villains are in his pieces using this logic

  • June 27, 2012, 12:29 a.m. CST

    Looks brilliant. Can't wait for this.

    by Dubster32

  • June 27, 2012, 2:58 a.m. CST

    Unashamed Burton fan

    by Uridium

    Yeah so what, I've always liked Burton. Not every film, Alice was a little forgettable but whatever. This looks great. Very much looking forward to it.

  • June 27, 2012, 6:35 a.m. CST

    My take on Tim Burton, if you care to read....

    by Joe

    I do like T.B., Hell i remember being excited when I heard he was doing the "Batman" movie. However, being older and I suppose 'wiser', i look back at his old films, especially "Batman" and think, "WTF did I see in this garbage?". Burton's strengths are "Beetlejuice", "Nightmore Before Xmas", "Pee Wee's Big Adventure" etc. Hell I LOVED "Big Fish"! Was fantastic. But movies like "Batman", "Planet of the Apes", "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", etc. were huge misses now that I look back at them. T.B. can't do serious filmmaking. His films always have to have a 'quirk' to them. Which is true T.B. style. I'm not hating on T.B. actually I own "Corpse Bride", "Mars Attacks", "Big Fish", "Sleepy Hollow" (personal fav), and "Alice". What I had hoped in some of his other films is he took it more seriously like "Sleepy Hollow". I felt that is the most serious of all his films. Thing is, I think Tim has something here with "Frankenweenie" It's cute, family oriented, dark and quirky. Right up Tim's alley. I hope he continues to make these fun and dark films that really capture the imagination in us all. I don't think T.B. sucks at all, quite the contrary, but he has a distinctive style all his own. If you don't like T.B. then stop watching his movies or saying they'll suck. T. B. has always been predicatble. However, if you enjoy his movies, then you know he's always trying to capture that 'youtfhul' spirit of looking in a scary closet, only to realize, it's not as scary as you thought in your mind. Monster's, undead creatures, etc. have lives, feelings, and a personality that far extends 'brains'! LOL Anyway, that is my take on T.B. I will probably take my nephews and neices to see this one. And i'm sure i'll be happy when I watch it too.

  • June 27, 2012, 10 a.m. CST

    Leave Helena at home just once, please

    by Kentucky Colonel

    She seems nice enough, but give the girl a month or two off.