Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie to open 2012 BFI London Film Festival

Black and white stop-motion animated film will be simulcast to 30 cinemas across the country on Wednesday 10 October

The 56th BFI London Film Festival will open with the European Premiere of Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie, it was announced today. 


Featuring the voice talent of Winnona Ryder, Catherine O’Hara and Martin Short, the Disney film which tells the story of a boy who attempts to bring his dog back to life will be screened on Wednesday 10 October at the Odeon in Leicester Square, and simulcast to the BFI Imax and 30 screens across the UK. 

The festival will also host The Art of Frankenweenie Exhibition from 17-21 October, which will show many of the elements used in making the dramatic 3D black and white stop-motion animated film.

Based on a live action short that Burton made 28-years ago whilst working for Disney, the film is released nationwide in the UK on 17 October. 

Clare Stewart, BFI Head of Exhibition and Festival Director described the film as: “Funny, dark and whimsical, this gloriously crafted stop-motion 3D animation from Tim Burton – the reigning prince of outsiders – playfully turns the Frankenstein story on its bolted-on head.

“Frankenweenie is a perfect choice of opener – it’s a film that revels in the magic of movies from one of cinema’s great visionaries. Tim Burton has chosen London as his home city and hundreds of talented British craftspeople have contributed to this production. To host the European Premiere, to present The Art of Frankenweenie Exhibition and to take our Opening Night out to 30 screens means we are making the Festival even more accessible for film fans across the UK.”


The full BFI London Film Festival programme will be released on 5 September.