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Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 03/01/2012

Tim Burton’s ‘Frankenweenie’ trailer: Black and white and dead all over again

A still from “Frankenweenie.” (Disney/Yahoo!)
Here’s the first trailer for Tim Burton’s stop-motion Disney film “Frankenweenie,” a remake of the director’s 1984 live action featurette of the same name.

“Frankenweenie” tells the story of Victor and his dog Sparky, who dies unexpectedly and is brought back to life by his heartbroken master. Reanimated Sparky isn’t quite the same and causes some trouble with the townspeople, which shouldn’t come as a surprise to any “Frankenstein” fans out there.

For those unfamiliar with the 1984 “Frankenweenie,” it may come as a surprise that the film is in black and white. (Not in color and a there’s a cute dog? Sounds a lot like “The Artist”!) The original was not shot in color either.

Fans of the first “Frankenweenie” may be skeptical that the new longer, stop-motion version can improve on the original to a point to make it worth seeing. Based on this trailer, I’m not sure it does. It at least boasts an impressive roster of talent, including Winona Ryder, Martin Short and Catherine O’Hara.

“Frankenweenie” will be released in October. Watch the trailer below.

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