With every new film Tim Burton puts out, I find it harder and harder to be excited by his new projects, but Frankenweenie is definitely an exception. A stop-motion animated remake of the short film he made all the way back in 1984, the movie represents a literal return to the filmmakers roots. The new film isn't going to hit theaters until October of next year, but the folks at Disney's D23 this past summer got a sneak peek at the project and now two stills have arrived online, giving us our first official look at the characters.

Check out the images below or full-size over on EW.

As you can see, one of the coolest aspects of Frankenweenie is that it's being made entirely in black and white, just like the short it's based on and just like the movie the original was parodying: James Whale's 1931 classic Frankenstein. The movie also reunites Burton with some of the actors he worked with early in his career not named Johnny Depp, including Winona Ryder, Catherine O'Hara, Conchata Ferrell, Martin Short and Martin Landau (Tom Kenny also provides a few voices). The movie is about a young boy named Victor Frankenstein whose heart is broken when his best friend in the world, his dog Sparky, is hit by a car. In an act of grief, he attempts an experiment that results in Sparky being brought back to life.

Frankenweenie arrives in theaters on October 5, 2012. To learn more about the project, be sure to head over to our Blend Film Database.

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