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June 11, 2012

Tim Burton’s ‘Frankenweenie’ will come alive as touring exhibit

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A scene from Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie."

Victor happily examines his beloved dog Sparky after he successfully brings him back to life in “Frankenweenie.” Credit: Disney Enterprises

 Tim Burton’s “Frankenweenie” won’t be in theaters until a few weeks before Halloween, but fans eager for an early look at the stop-motion animated film can get a sneak preview in San Diego in July or Anaheim in September as Disney gets set to launch a touring exhibition of  original sketches drawn by Burton, as well as extensive props, sets and puppets.

The black-and-white, 3-D film centers on a boy named Victor and his live-then-dead-then-live-again dog Sparky. About 200 puppets were crafted for the film — including 16 Sparkys (eight dead, eight alive), 14 Victors and some oddball creations called E (short for Edgar) and Weird Girl, both of which are voiced by longtime Burton collaborator Catherine O’Hara.  Martin Short, Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan, Atticus Shaffer, Robert Capron, Conchata Ferrell and Winona Ryder are among the other actors on the voice cast.

The new film is based on a 1984 live-action short film by Burton about a young boy who after unexpectedly losing his beloved dog, uses science to bring him back to life — with just a few minor adjustments.

“The Art of Frankenweenie” exhibition will visit seven countries, starting in Barcelona on Saturday, where it will be on display at the CineEurope show. It will also travel to Spain, France, England, Japan, Mexico and Canada. It will be at Comic-Con International from July 11 to 15, and back in California with a stop in Anaheim from Sept. 14 to Nov. 5.  The movie will hit theaters Oct. 5. Check out a short video about the exhibition here.

– Julie Makinen

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