It was revealed this morning that Tim Burton’s new stop-motion animated film ‘Frankenweenie’ will open the London Film Festival with a red carpet gala screening at the Odeon Leicester Square on October 10. The film, adapted from one of the director’s earliest shorts, continues Burton’s love affair with the imagery of early horror cinema. It’s the tale of a suburban lad, Victor Frankenstein, who brings his beloved pet dog Sparky back from the dead with gruesome consequences. Burton’s third stop-motion feature following ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ and ‘Corpse Bride’, ‘Frankenweenie’ was made at London’s Three Mills studio with the same animation team responsible for Wes Anderson’s beautiful ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’.
Last week, the film’s producer Allison Abate and new London Film Festival director Clare Stewart met at the studio to make a sneak announcement. ‘The whole film reverberates with Tim Burton’s extraordinary imagination and his love of cinema,’ said Stewart. ‘It’s my first festival, and I wanted to open with a film I’m really passionate about. And the fact that so much British talent has committed so many years to the production made it a really compelling choice for opening night.’ The full London Film Festival programme will be revealed on September 5.