FRANKENWEENIE to Be Resurrected March 9, 2012; JOHN CARTER OF MARS Sets June 8, 2012 Launch Date

     August 9, 2010


Disney has staked its claim in the first two filmgoing seasons of 2012, with 3D tentpoles now set to anchor spring and summer.  When Tim Burton first revealed he would adapt his 1984 live-action short Frankenweenie — in which a man resurrects his dog from the dead — into a 3D stop-motion animation feature film, the director had a 2011 release in mind.  However, Disney has officially slated Frankenweenie for release on March 9, 2012.

Fellow 3D flick John Carter of Mars will hit theaters just three months later on June 8, 2012.  Pixar’s own Andrew Stanton (WALL·E) is the writer/director behind this adaptation of the first book in Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “Barsoom Series,” set on “the wounded planet of Mars, a world inhabited by warrior tribes and exotic desert beings.”  Talor Kitsch, Willem Dafoe, Bryan Cranston, and Lynn Collins star.

  • IllusionOfLife

    Is John Carter of Mars confirmed to be 3D now or is that just speculation? Because I know that Stanton had previously stated that he didn't want to do 3D but was afraid the studio would force him into it. It'd be a shame if they did.

  • Brendan Bettinger

    Your comment sparked a good fifteen minutes of google research. The Heat Vision report states matter-of-factly “[JCOM] too will be in Disney Digital 3D,” though there was no mention of 3D in the official synopsis or production press release.

    However, the company 4DMax is credited with “3D Cyber scanning and digital modelling” for JCOM on IMDB.

    So I'm betting on “yes” for 3D.

  • IllusionOfLife

    Lame, and it sounds like it's going to be a conversion which makes it even worse. Granted, it'll be a high quality conversion like Alice in Wonderland, but it will still be inferior to a film shot in 3D.


  • Matt Dean

    Tim Burton is dead to me.

  • joe_6285

    I was excited for John Carter of Mars until the 3d news came in.Stanton hasn't used 3d cameras that means it will be converted like Green Lantern .I hope that they do a better job of converting to 3d because the movie is already finished shooting and the movie will be filled with lot's of CGI stuff.I don't want this movie to be ruined by lame 3d .

  • IllusionOfLife

    Alice in Wonderland was also shot in 2D and converted in post, and while the 3D wasn't quite as rich as it is on movies that are filmed in 3D it was by all means a good conversion and in a completely separate park than Clash of the Titans and The Last Airbender.

    I too am disappointed that it's being converted, I would have rather just had it been in 2D as Stanton originally wanted, but at least we know the conversion will look good.

  • Jim Goff

    Tim Burton is so out of original ideas that he is remaking his own movie. Lol


    Actually, I believe 4DMax is just used in scanning the physical maquettes for 3D modeling and animation of the Tharks, etc… not for 3D “viewing”. Also, someone said they knew Stanton wasn't using 3D cameras… I've never read anything anywhere stating this either way. Also, we asked a few folks near the sets (including myself) to check this out for us, and no one seemed to know for sure. How did you know they were not using 3D cameras?!? Lastly, it seems THR is the one spreading the rumor of JCOM being in 3D. I can't find any evidence to cooberate this statement. Reaching the author of that article has been difficult in the least. We will post confirmation on my site if we ever get any. Stay tuned!

  • Bradhadfield

    Whew. I was accidently reading “John Carter of Mars” as “John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars,” which was a terrible, terrible movie.

  • SamsterDude

    Tim Burton has said that the plan was originally to be a stop-motion feature film, but Disney would only let him make a live-action short. Now, he can finally bring to the screen what he's been planning for 25 years.

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