It seems like only a few short months ago that I was packing my bags headed to LA for the
red white carpet premiere of Frankenweenie. Oh wait, it was! Can you believe how fast movies are available for home viewing these days? Remember the days when we had to wait a year + to see the latest movies at home? Ahhh… just another one of those things us old folks say to our kids. But where was I?
Oh yes, Frankenweenie has arrived! The 3D, black and white, stop-motion tale of a pup named Sparky, his master Victor Frankenstein and a little science is now available on Blu-Ray & DVD. To celebrate the release, here are 14 interesting numbers about the movie.
- 25 – “Frankenweenie is based on a shortlive action film that director Tim Burton made more than 25 years ago,” reveals Frankenweenie producer, Allison Abbate. “It’s an homage to the classic horror movies that inspired Tim when he was a child.”
- 24 – There are 24 frames per second in a stop-motion movie like Frankenweenie. This means that the animator must stop and position the puppet 24 times in order to create one second of filmed action!
- 5 – “Stop-motion is a very time-consuming process,” admits Frankenweenie executive producer, Don Hahn. “In a good week, each animator produced about five seconds of finished film!”
- 35 – At any given time there were up to 35 sets being used on a soundstage at 3 Mills Studios in East London. The film was produced near London’s Olympic Stadium. You could spot the studio in many of the helicopter shots at the Olympics.
- 500 – “Around 500 people worked on the movie,” explains Allison Abbate. That’s everyone from voice artists to animators and producers to set builders!
- 200 – More than 200 puppets were created for Frankenweenie!
- 3 – The puppets in the movie are all various sizes, but the largest used in the film was the Turtle Monster which stood at about 3-feet tall.
- 12 – “As soon as we had a completed script, it took one year – or 12 months – to prep the stages and create the puppets,” says Allison Abbate.
- 18 – There were 18 Victor puppets created for the movie, as well as 15 Sparky puppets. Why so many? Well, each of the animators worked independently on different scenes – and backups were also needed in case a puppet required repair!
- 7 – “We had about seven recording sessions with Charlie Tahan, who provides the voice of Victor,” reveals Allison Abbate. “Victor has the most lines in the movie, so he had more sessions than anyone else.”
- 4 – The talented voice cast includes four actors who worked with Tim Burton on previous movies: Winona Ryder (Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands), Catherine O’Hara (Beetlejuice, The Nightmare Before Christmas), Martin Short (Mars Attacks) and Martin Landau (Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow).
- 27 – “In total, there were about 27 animators who worked on the movie,” reveals Allison Abbate. “That includes assistants and animators who came in for short periods of time.”
- 5 – There were five sets of Mr. and Mrs. Frankenstein puppets created for the movie!
- 300 – Sparky was the most complicated puppet in Frankenweenie. There are more than 300 joints in his body!
Frankenweenie is classic Tim Burton. It is quirky, funny and a bit dark. For more about the movie, read my full Frankenweenie review.
If your kids are into science like young Victor, download the free 17-page Frankenweenie science activity book. Those who are more into craft projects will enjoy the free Frankenweenie Movie Night Fun Pack (click on the image below to download).
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