Frankenweenie to open BFI London Film Festival

August 23rd, 2012

Tim Burton's 'Frankenweenie' is to open this year's BFI London Film Festival.

The European premiere of the Disney comedy animation film - which features the voices of Christopher Lee, Winona Ryder and Martin Landau - will open the spectacle on October 10, and for the first time at the festival the screening will be shown at London's Leicester Square, the BFI Imax and 30 screens in the UK.

Clare Stewart, BFI Head of Exhibition, said the movie was a ''perfect choice'' to open the festival and she is delighted that the festival - which is to run from October 10 to October 21 - is also hosting the 'The Art of Frankenweenie' Exhibition from October 17-21.

She explained: '''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 movie tells the story of a young boy called Victor who, after unexpectedly losing his dog Sparky, sets about trying to bring his pooch back to life with a scientific experiment that leads to monstrous consequences.

Clare added: ''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.''