Winona Ryder Joins Frankenweenie

September 21, 2010 by  
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Winona210One thing you can say about Tim Burton: when he finds an actor he likes he sticks with them. The first batch of stars up for voice-chracterisation in the director’s next stop-motion animation, Frankenweenie, includes Winona Ryder, Martin Landau, Martin Short and Catherine O’Hara, all of whom he’s worked with on previous projects.

Ryder was gothy teenage misfit Lydia Deetz in Beetlejuice and later fell for Johnny Depp’s lacerated face in Edward Scissorhands as Kim. She’ll be voicing Elsa.

Martin Landau received an Oscar for his turn as Bela Lugosi in 1994’s Ed Wood and will be playing Mr Rzykruski. Martin Short played press secretary Jerry Ross in Mars Attacks and here will here be tackling five characters: Bob, Nassor, Toshiaki, Victor’s Dad and Mr Bergermeister. O’Hara who played Sally in The Nightmare Before Christmas will also voicing multiple characters – Edgar, Weird Girl, Victor’s Mum, and the gym teacher.

Frankenweenie tells the story of Victor, a young man who likes to make home movies often starring his best friend Sparky the dog. But when Sparky is hit by a car, instead of burying him, he decides to resurrect him using some cobbled together science experiments. Chaos obviously ensues as Victor tries to convince the local populace that his loyal pet is not a monster.

John August (who has also written previous Burton projects such as Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Big Fish and Corpse Bride) has the task of fleshing out the 1984 short into a full length feature but it won’t be ready till 2012. If you’re interested you can check out the short it its entirety on Youtube.

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