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'Frankenweenie': Take a peek at the new short on DVD/Blu-ray -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Tim Burton fans are getting an extra Christmas present this year.

The director’s black and white stop-motion animated movie Frankenweenie is coming to DVD/Blu-ray on Jan. 8. Along with the movie, which is a homage to Frankenstein geared at kids, fans are getting an additional treat: An all-new short on the Blu-ray called, Captain Sparky vs. the Flying Saucers. In Frankenweenie, Sparky is the dog that the boy, Victor, resurrects, freaking out his town. In the new short, Victor and Sparky watch one of the home movies that Victor made.

Frankenweenie itself was inspired by a short, that time a live-action one Burton made for Disney in 1984.

Check out the intro to the new short below: READ FULL STORY

'Frankenweenie': The strange story of Tim Burton's (seemingly) normal hometown

Burton’s mother made this skeleton costume for him one Halloween, using a snowman decoration for a bobbling head. It bears an uncanny resemblance to Jack Skellington, the main character in Burton’s stop-motion animated hit The Nightmare Before Christmas.

There are no mist-shrouded haunted houses in Tim Burton’s spick-and-span hometown of Burbank, Calif.

The only blood suckers out at night are mosquitoes. No corkscrew trees claw the sidewalk on Evergreen Street, where the filmmaker grew up in the 1960s and early ’70s in one of its many neat little cracker-box houses.

But then, at the end of his road … was a sprawling graveyard.

With the filmmaker’s new stop-motion animated movie Frankenweenie debuting in theaters this weekend, it seemed like a good time to go back and tell the strange story of Tim Burton’s otherwise normal hometown, and how it shaped his twisted cinematic visions.


'Frankenweenie' premiere: Tim Burton doesn't think 'the movie is scary at all'

With clips like the one in which Martin Landau channels Vincent Price, it’s hard not to wonder if Tim Burton’s upcoming 3D stop-motion film Frankenweenie (Oct. 5), about a boy who reanimates his dead dog, might be a little frightening. Burton says there’s nothing to worry about.

“Kids are funny and they are all so different. I don’t think this movie is scary at all. I think it is fine for kids,”  the director said at the movie’s Hollywood premiere last night. “My daughter’s 3 and her favorite movie currently is War of The Gargantuas. I’m an excellent parent.” READ FULL STORY

Best science lesson ever?

As if the thought of science class isn’t scary enough for some kids, imagine someone like Martin Landau’s Frankenweenie character, the looming Mr. Rzykruski, breaking down lightning like he does in the new clip below.

Something tells me that the folks in this Tim Burton film about a boy who brings his dead dog back to life, out Oct. 5, might have of other things to worry about though.

More on Frankenweenie:
Tim Burton’s ‘Frankenweenie’ to open London Film fest
‘Frankenweenie': Tim Burton talks about his upcoming pet project

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