Tim Burton 's latest film, Frankenweenie, is set to kick off the Bfi London Film Festival, reports The Telegraph. The showing will be accompanied by an exhibition of the film's original artwork.
Clare Stewart, the director for the London Film Festival described the film as a "perfect choice of opener," calling the film "Funny, dark and whimsical," and saying, "this gloriously crafted stop-motion 3D animation from Tim Burton playfully turns the Frankenstein story on its bolted-on head." The film tells the story of a young boy who tries to bring his beloved dog back to life, and features the voices of Winona Ryder and Martin Short. Originally designed 28 years ago, when Burton first filmed the story as a young employee, Walt Disney Studios weren't impressed with the gothic short they deemed too scary and unfit for their family orientated demographic. Legend has it the dark-comedy cost Burton his job. If that's true, it didn't perturb the 53-year old director, who has gone on to forge a hugely successful career with a niche and very distinctive brand of cinema.
The exhibition, which is called The Art of Frankenweenie, will run from 17-21 October. It will provide audiences with the chance to see sketches and artworks from the film, as well as the original puppets used for the stop-motion animation. The 56th London Film Festival runs from October 10-21. The full programme will be announced next month.