Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie opens London Film Festival

08:10 11 October 2012

Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton arrive at the opening night of the London Film Festival to see new film Frankenweenie. File picture: Ian West/PA Wire

Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton arrive at the opening night of the London Film Festival to see new film Frankenweenie. File picture: Ian West/PA Wire

The 56th annual BFI London Film Festival opened last night with the premiere of Tim Burton’s 3D animation Frankenweenie.

Models parade on the red carpet at the premiere. Picture: Ian West/PA WireModels parade on the red carpet at the premiere. Picture: Ian West/PA Wire

Joining the director on the red carpet were Martin Short, Martin Landau and Catherine O’Hara who all voice characters in the stop motion picture, which also features the voices of Winona Ryder and Sir Christopher Lee.

Mr Burton said last night he hoped audiences would feel the “emotion” of his film Frankenweenie, inspired by the death of his beloved childhood pet.

Frankenweenie is a gothic but heart-warming tale about a young boy who tries to use science to bring his dead dog back to life.

Mr Burton said: “I hope people enjoy it and feel the emotion of it.

Catherine O'Hara (left) and her sister Patsy arrived at the Frankenweenie after party. Picture: Ian West/PA WireCatherine O'Hara (left) and her sister Patsy arrived at the Frankenweenie after party. Picture: Ian West/PA Wire

“And see the artistry all the artists put into the movie, which is important to me and hopefully they see that.”

Frankenweenie was made in Bow at Three Mills Studio and is a longer version of a short film Mr Burton made in 1984.

He said: “This is a more pure version. To do it in stop motion just seemed like the right medium for the right material.”

Mr Burton, 54, was joined at the opening gala by partner Helena Bonham Carter, who he lives with in North London with their two children.

Helena Bonham Carter also attended the after party. Picture: Ian West/PA WireHelena Bonham Carter also attended the after party. Picture: Ian West/PA Wire

Many of the cast have worked with Burton before, O’Hara on Beetlejuice and The Nightmare Before Christmas, Short on Mars Attacks! and Landau on Ed Wood.

Father of the Bride star Mr Short, who voices three characters in Frankenweenie, said working with Burton was, “wonderful.”

He added: “It’s very creative, it’s very loose and tension free.”

The premiere was beamed live into cinemas around the UK as part of the London Film Festival celebrations as well as a question and answer session that followed the screening.

Martin Landau provides one of the voices in the film. Picture: Ian West/PA WireMartin Landau provides one of the voices in the film. Picture: Ian West/PA Wire

It was announced yesterday that Burton and Bonham Carter are to be honoured with a BFI Fellowship at the London Film Festival awards later this month, while sketches, sets, props and puppets from Frankenweenie will feature in The Art of Frankenweenie Exhibition at the South Bank Centre, opening next week.

Frankenweenie is released in cinemas next Wednesday 2012.

The London Film Festival runs until Sunday October 21 2012, when it will close with the gala premiere of director Mike Newell’s adaptation of Dickens’ classic Great Expectations, starring Helena Bonham Carter, David Walliams and Ralph Fiennes.

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