FANTASTIC FEST 2012! THE WORLD PREMIERE OF TIM BURTON'S FRANKENWEENIE!
I'm so excited and happy that Fantastic Fest is coming 'round again. I had the best time last year, saw many terrific movies, and this year I'm staying for the whole enchilada instead of ducking out before closing night like a pussy. But this year promises to be something very special indeed.
Fantastic Fest will host the world premiere of Tim Burton's animated remake of his already great short film, FRANKENWEENIE. The original movie is a beautiful, sweet family film and that Fantastic Fest will be premiering the new feature really bodes well for the festival this year. I can't wait to see it with that crowd.
I totally dig this year's poster too - if the world's going to end, Fantastic Fest is doing it in style. Here's the press release:
****FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE****
FANTASTIC FEST PRESENTS THE
WORLD PREMIERE OF “FRANKENWEENIE”
Tim Burton’s Highly Anticipated Return To Animation
Will Open The 2012 Festival
Austin, TX—Friday, June 29, 2012— Fantastic Fest is excited to announce Walt Disney Pictures’ Frankenweenie will have its world premiere on September 20 as the opening night film for the 2012 festival, happening September 20-27 in Austin, Texas at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar.
"Tim Burton stands as a titan of modern genre cinema. To world premiere the feature adaptation of his early beloved short is a huge honor for me personally and for the festival in general," said Fantastic Fest Co-founder & Creative Director Tim League.
From creative genius Tim Burton (Alice in Wonderland, The Nightmare Before Christmas) comes Frankenweenie, a heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor 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.
A stop-motion animated film, Frankenweenie was filmed in black and white and rendered in 3D. The talented voice cast includes: Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan, Atticus Shaffer, Robert Capron, Conchata Ferrell and Winona Ryder.
Presented by Disney, Frankenweenie is directed by Tim Burton, produced by Tim Burton and Allison Abbate, from a screenplay by John August, based on an original idea by Tim Burton. Frankenweenie releases in U.S. theaters on October 5, 2012.
For further information on Frankenweenie go to http://disney.com/frankenweenie/.
Look for more programming announcements for Fantastic Fest in the weeks ahead.
Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from all around the world. In years past the festival has been home to world premieres of THERE WILL BE BLOOD, APOCALYPTO, ZOMBIELAND, THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2 and RED while the guest roster has included such talent as Mel Gibson, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Ryan Reynolds, Karl Urban, Josh Hartnett, The RZA, Dolph Lundgren, Jemaine Clement, Paul Rudd, Bill Pullman, Paul Thomas Anderson, Kevin Smith, Jon Favreau, George Romero, Darren Aronofsky and Mike Judge. FantasticFest also features world, national and regional premieres of new, up-and-coming genre films. The festival has launched and propelled the buzz for international genre hits like THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE, MONSTERS, TIMECRIMES and TROLLHUNTER. Fantastic Fest is held each year at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema on South Lamar in Austin, Texas. During his Keynote Address at the International film Festival Summit in Las Vegas, Variety president and publisher Charlie Koones listed Fantastic Fest in a list of “10 Film Festivals We Love,” a list which included industry heavy-hitters such as Cannes, Toronto and Telluride. We’ve also been named as one of the “25 coolest film festivals” and the “25 film festivals worth the entry fee” by Moviemaker Magazine.
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June 29, 2012, 8:35 a.m. CST
by Neon Killer
We're submitting our Short "TOPAZ DUO: COSMIC PHOENIX" to Fantastic Fest and it has a Ziggurat-shaped building spewing red laser into the heavens at the finale...so hopefully it's a sign that you'll like our submission!......
June 29, 2012, 8:41 a.m. CST
That poster is the best one they've ever had for Fantastic Fest! Awesome!!! And Frankenweenie?! The biggest and most genre-appropriate opening night film in the history of the fest. I am ecstatic!!!
June 29, 2012, 9:51 a.m. CST
by secret goldfish
June 29, 2012, 9:55 a.m. CST
by secret goldfish
Absolutely awesome/beautiful illustration and poster, shame about the actual "fantastic fest" typography though, brings the whole thing down and makes it look like a bad metal poster
June 29, 2012, 11:17 a.m. CST
I just hope its a full 27x41 this year. Those shitty half sheet the last couple of years suck.
June 29, 2012, 1:04 p.m. CST
June 29, 2012, 2:59 p.m. CST
im fairly positive the live action version of frankenweenie is available as an extra feature on " The Nightmare Before Christmas" anniversary dvd/blu ray. i saw it a couple years ago which i guess is why my excitement for this is minimal at best
June 29, 2012, 4:41 p.m. CST
does not in any way have anything to do with what Fantastic Fest is. How about using a poster that conveys the feel of what this is. Like someone from an earlier post said. Just looks like rejected cover art for a Dokken album.
June 29, 2012, 9:28 p.m. CST
Oh boy, another pasty faced protagonist in a movie that skews the world by viewing it through a gothic lens.
How daring and original, Mr. Burton.
June 30, 2012, 12:44 a.m. CST
He's a fucking studio puppet with zero creativity.
June 30, 2012, 3:02 p.m. CST
fuck tim burton
June 30, 2012, 6:52 p.m. CST
Guess Disney won't return his calls.
June 30, 2012, 6:54 p.m. CST
June 30, 2012, 10:33 p.m. CST
by illegal alien vs sexual predator
Is it just me?
June 30, 2012, 10:39 p.m. CST
by illegal alien vs sexual predator
The type evokes the blades of ritual sacrifice while having a serpentine jungle feel. We're all gonna die, bitches.
July 2, 2012, 12:12 a.m. CST
I am on my girlfriend's iphone, now, & that fuckin poster is unmistakeably 3D!!! Incredible-- what a cool accomplishment! Don't really understand how they did it... looks awesome though
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