Watch: The Original Live-Action 'Frankenweenie' and a Darker Version of 'The Nightmare Before Christmas'

Watch: The Original Live-Action 'Frankenweenie' and a Darker Version of 'The Nightmare Before Christmas'

Oct 08, 2012

People like Tim Burton aren't created, they were born that way. The spooky-obsessed director has never lost touch with fragments from his childhood that have inspired his most famous works. We showed you how some of those memories made their way onto the big screen later in Burton's life, and with that in mind, we wanted to highlight an animated poem the filmmaker created prior to The Nightmare Before Christmas' Hollywood debut.

Burton was working at Disney as an animator and conceived of a storyline featuring Jack Skellington and Halloween Land. It was the earliest version of Nightmare Before Christmas and featured a somewhat darker version of Jack's brief dalliance with holiday cheer. The video is narrated by none other than Christopher Lee and well worth a watch for fans of Burton or the sonorous horror icon. [via Flavorwire]

 
 
 
Although Taken 2 dominated the box office this weekend, Frankenweenie — which opened in fifth place — found its share of fans. The black-and-white animated movie is a remake of Burton's 1984 short film — a sendup of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. When Victor loses his pet dog Sparky, he brings him back to life and his reintroduction into society doesn't go exactly as planned. Disney fired the filmmaker after the movie was completed and the work was shelved. 
 
The studio claimed it was too scary for young audiences, but when Burton blew up later on with films like Beetlejuice and Pee-wee's Big Adventure, they granted it a home video release. It's nice to see the Burton and his charming tale get a moment in the spotlight. See where Frankenweenie started in the video, below.
 
 

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