Frankenweenie producer Allison Abbate and London Film Festival director Clare Stewart talk about the Opening Night film, FRANKENWEENIE.
The 56th BFI London Film Festival is delighted to announce Tim Burton’s FRANKENWEENIE, as the Opening Night film on 10 October.
In partnership with American Express and Disney, and in a first for the Festival, the premiere will take place at the Odeon Leicester Square, and screened simultaneously at the BFI Imax and 30 other screens across the UK.
This event is part of the Festival’s drive to reach a diverse UK audience and put the public at the heart of the festival-going experience.
FRANKENWEENIE is the first animated film that Tim Burton has directed for Disney. Burton also produced along with Allison Abbate, with Don Hahn serving as executive producer. The screenplay is by John August, based on an original idea by Tim Burton.
A visually stunning black and white, stop-motion animated film in 3D, FRANKENWEENIE’s voice cast includes Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan, Atticus Shaffer, Robert Capron, Conchata Ferrell and Winona Ryder.
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.
Disney will release the film in the UK on 17 October. The BFI London Film Festival runs from 10th-21st October.