If you love all things related to Tim Burton, you're in for a treat with Frankenweenie. The black-and-white stop-motion 3D animated feature was based on his original short film for Disney from 1984, and fans at Comic-Con's Hall H were treated exclusive footage from the movie, including a classroom scene that revealed the town's (New Holland) propensity for lightning and how Victor Frankenstein, the young protagonist, helps his friend, Edgar, bring a dead goldfish back to life.
The Frankenweenie event was a panel of one, where moderator Chris Hardwick chatted with Burton about the film. The director says that the new film mixes heart, horror, and humor elements into a "very special, personal project." While the original short film was shot in live-action, Frankenweenie was perfect for puppets and a cast that included Winona Ryder, Martin Short, and Martin Landau.
The fans then took the microphone to ask Burton the following:
Question: Are you tired of working with Johnny Depp?
Answer: I've moved on to dogs now.
Q: Were there scenes in the original film that you couldn't do in the animated version? Or is this completely new?
A: It took the basic story and I took the opportunity--there are other kids and characters that I could explore further. I was happy to do it live action, it was fun but this is the more pure version of it. This is probably more pure for me.
Q: How did you get the f-word through Beetlejuice with a PG film?
A: You can say it once. Now, I don't know if you could say that. But back then, you could say it once.
Q: How does it feel to finally finish a project you started so many years ago?
A: When I start to think about it, I start to cry. It does mean a lot to me. There are kind of special, but this is definitely special to me.
When it comes to 3D stop-motion movies in black and white, there's only one director who would be able to pull it off. Frankenweenie looks like the ultimate combination of elements that fans go crazy for: his cute-yet-gothic style, an imaginative world pulled together with incredibly detailed puppets, and that signature Tim Burton look.
Frankenweenie opens in theaters in October, 2012.