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What ‘Frankenweenie’ “Flaws” Does The Animation Director Speak Of?

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I’m a huge fan of stop-motion animation, which is why I’m a little too excited for Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie, his feature film adaptation of his 1984 short that follows young Victor whom conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences.

But after witnessing the cinematic abortion known as Corpse Bride, I’m incredible nervous that Burton will continue down the same path that George Lucas followed with Star Wars. While Lucas can’t help but abuse CGI, Burton can’t help but to tweak the stop-motion so it’s appearance is smooth and clean.

The LA Times shared a new image and a very concerning quote: “You’d think black-and-white would be forgiving because it’s just shades of gray. But it isn’t. It shows every little flaw,” said Trey Thomas, Frankenweenie‘s animation director, speaking at his East London office about the movie’s monochrome aesthetic.

When Thomas speaks of “flaws”, is he referring to the glitchy effect of stop-motion animation? We won’t know until October 4 when Walt Disney Pictures reanimates Frankenweenie in theaters.



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