‘Frankenweenie’ Character Images Introduce the Cast
'Frankenweenie,' Tim Burton's upcoming animated film, will follow Victor and his dog Sparky, we know that; but what about the rest of the characters? We've only gotten a glimpse of them so far in the teaser trailer, but today we get more information on the cute animated characters we'll see on the big screen in a couple of months.
'Frankenweenie' centers on a little boy who brings his dog back to life through his own scientific experiment. Once he does that, Sparky is back to life but the whole neighborhood isn't happy to see a newly undead dog walking around their streets. Tim Burton directed the picture with a voice cast that includes Charlie Tahan, Winona Ryder, Martin Landau, Martin Short, Christopher Lee and many others.
Between 'ParaNorman' and 'Frankenweenie,' this is a great year for stop motion animated pictures. We're as excited as ever to check out what 'Frankenweenie' will be like when it comes out in theaters on October 5th. But for now we have an array of new character descriptions/images to check out below, courtesy of Empire Online:
Sparky is a playful bull terrier whose sense of curiosity is matched only by his owner, Victor. Sparky enjoys chasing after balls and starring in Victor’s homemade movies. He exudes tons of energy and enthusiasm, which even his untimely death doesn’t diminish.
Victor Frankenstein is a clever, industrious 10-year-old. He lives with his parents and dog, Sparky, and immerses himself in making films and inventing in his attic workshop. When Sparky dies in a car accident, Victor uses scientific ingenuity to bring him back to life
Mr. Frankenstein is a travel agent, who likes to dispense roundabout advice to his son. He is proud of Victor’s accomplishments, but is concerned he doesn’t have any friends other than Sparky. He encourages him to join the baseball team. Mr. Frankenstein has a playful and loving relationship with his wife, Victor’s mom, who encourages her son’s scientific pursuits, even when her kitchen appliances end up in his attic lab.
Bob is a momma’s boy, the brawn to Toshiaki’s brains. He is never mean-spirited, but he’s easily led and gullible. Bob follows Toshiaki everywhere, but is the first one to run to Victor for help when he gets in over his head.
Bob’s Mom is a plump, suburban housewife who is prone to panic and hysteria when things go awry. She has very simple, stereotypical views on life. She dotes on her son Bob and believes her actions, though often misguided, are in his best interest.
Toshiaki is over-achieving and mega-competitive. He delights in beating Victor at his own game and like a power-hungry mad scientist, Toshiaki will stop at nothing to win the top prize in the school’s science fair—even if it means stealing Victor’s ideas to do it.
Elsa Van Helsing is a soulful and somber classmate of Victor. She lives next door with her tyrant uncle, Mayor Burgemeister, who forces her to be this year’s “Little Dutch Girl” at the town’s celebration of Dutch Day. Elsa also has a beloved pet, her poodle Persephone, and truly empathizes with Victor when he loses Sparky.
Persephone is a perfectly groomed black poodle. She is fiercely loyal to Elsa, her owner. When Persephone and Sparky first meet in the backyard, the attraction is instantaneous and electrifying.