While Fantastic Fest is known more for its offbeat, non-mainstream genre films, this year’s festival will open with the world premiere of Tim Burton’s stop-motion animated flick Frankenweenie. “Tim Burton stands as a titan of modern genre cinema,” said Fantastic Fest Co-Founder & Creative Director Tim League in a press release. “To world premiere the feature adaptation of his early beloved short is a huge honor for me personally and for the festival in general.” The movie will play on opening night on September 20th at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar in Austin, Texas. Click here to see the latest trailer for the film.
Hit the jump for the full press release and to check out Mike Saputo‘s sweet poster for this year’s festival. Fantastic Fest 2012 runs from September 20 – 27th. Frankenwenie opens nationwide in 3D on October 5th.
Here’s Mike Saputo’s poster for Fantastic Fest 2012:
And here’s the press release regarding Frankenweenie:
FANTASTIC FEST PRESENTS THE
WORLD PREMIERE OF “FRANKENWEENIE”
Tim Burton’s Highly Anticipated Return To Animation
Will Open The 2012 Festival
Austin, TX-Friday, June 29, 2012– Fantastic Fest is excited to announce Walt Disney Pictures’ Frankenweenie will have its world premiere on September 20 as the opening night film for the 2012 festival, happening September 20-27 in Austin, Texas at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar.
“Tim Burton stands as a titan of modern genre cinema. To world premiere the feature adaptation of his early beloved short is a huge honor for me personally and for the festival in general,” said Fantastic Fest Co-founder & Creative Director Tim League.
From creative genius Tim Burton (Alice in Wonderland, The Nightmare Before Christmas) comes Frankenweenie, a heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life-with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor’s fellow students, teachers and the entire town all learn that getting a new “leash on life” can be monstrous.
A stop-motion animated film, Frankenweenie was filmed in black and white and rendered in 3D. The talented voice cast includes: Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan, Atticus Shaffer, Robert Capron, Conchata Ferrell and Winona Ryder.
Presented by Disney, Frankenweenie is directed by Tim Burton, produced by Tim Burton and Allison Abbate, from a screenplay by John August, based on an original idea by Tim Burton. Frankenweenie releases in U.S. theaters on October 5, 2012.
For further information on Frankenweenie go to http://disney.com/frankenweenie/.
Look for more programming announcements for Fantastic Fest in the weeks ahead.
Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from all around the world. In years past the festival has been home to world premieres of THERE WILL BE BLOOD, APOCALYPTO, ZOMBIELAND, THE HUMAN CENETIPEDE 2 and RED while the guest roster has included such talent as Mel Gibson, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Ryan Reynolds, Karl Urban, Josh Hartnett, The RZA, Dolph Lundgren, Jemaine Clement, Paul Rudd, Bill Pullman, Paul Thomas Anderson, Kevin Smith, Jon Favreau, George Romero, Darren Aronofsky and Mike Judge. FantasticFest also features world, national and regional premieres of new, up-and-coming genre films. The festival has launched and propelled the buzz for international genre hits like THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE, MONSTERS, TIMECRIMES and TROLLHUNTER. Fantastic Fest is held each year at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema on South Lamar in Austin, Texas. During his Keynote Address at the International film Festival Summit in Las Vegas, Variety president and publisher Charlie Koones listed Fantastic Fest in a list of “10 Film Festivals We Love,” a list which included industry heavy-hitters such as Cannes, Toronto and Telluride. We’ve also been named as one of the “25 coolest film festivals” and the “25 film festivals worth the entry fee” by Moviemaker Magazine.
Returning Presenting Sponsors for Fantastic Fest and Arcade include AMD, Plano-based Well Go USA Entertainment, and Texas’ own Shiner Beer, whose family of products will be featured throughout the festival. Returning hotel partners include Embassy Suites Austin Downtown, Radisson Hotel and Suites Austin Downtown, and the Intercontinental Stephen F. Austin.
New Presenting Sponsors include Sony Digital Cinema 4K, which delivers an immersive theatrical experience with ultra-high resolution digital projection technology.
About Alamo Drafthouse
Alamo Drafthouse is a lifestyle entertainment brand comprised of an acclaimed cinema-eatery chain, the largest genre film festival in the United States and a collectible art store. Named “the best theater ever” by Time Magazine, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has built a reputation as a movie lover’s oasis not only by combining food and drink service with the movie-going experience, but also introducing unique programming and high-profile, star studded special events. Alamo Drafthouse Founder & CEO, Tim League, created Fantastic Fest, a world renowned film festival dubbed “The Geek Telluride” by Variety. Fantastic Fest showcases eight days of offbeat cinema from independents, international filmmakers and major Hollywood studios. The Alamo Drafthouse’s collectible art boutique, Mondo, offers breathtaking, original products featuring designs from world-famous artists based on licenses for popular TV and Movie properties including Star Wars, Star Trek & Universal Monsters. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is expanding its brand in new and exciting ways, including the launch of Drafthouse Films, a new film distribution label and plans to extend its theaters and unique programming philosophy to additional markets across the United States. More information about Alamo Drafthouse franchise opportunities are available on the official website www.drafthouse.com.