It's hard to say goodbye to a childhood pet, so we can understand why Victor Frankenstein (Charlie Tahan), the protagonist at the center of Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie," would go to such extreme measures to bring his dog back to life. But in typical Burton fashion, messing with the dead is never a good idea, as we find out in this newly released theatrical trailer.
"Frankenweenie" marks Burton's return to animation. The last time the director embarked on a stop-motion project was 2005's "Corpse Bride," and like that film, he's once again bringing the dead to life. "Frankenweenie," a remake of a featurette Burton made in 1984, follows young Victor as he attempts to reanimate his beloved dog, Sparky, after a freak accident claims his life.
Thanks to his very creepy science teacher -- and a lucky bout of lightning -- and Victor is able to bring Sparky back to the world of the living. However, his joy is short-lived after the secret gets out and his grammar school nemesis Toshiaki, a power-hungry mad scientist, starts reviving the dead around town.
The film stars a few of Burton's favorite people, including Winona Ryder ("Beetlejuice," "Edward Scissorhands") as Elsa van Helsing, Victor's somber classmate -- who is mysteriously missing from the trailer -- and Catherine O'Hara ("The Nightmare Before Christmas") as Susan Frankenstein, Victor's Mom. Shockingly, Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter are nowhere to be heard in the black and white, stop-motion film.
If Sparky looks familiar, that's probably because Burton borrowed heavily from his design from the central character of 1993's animated series, "Family Dog."
"Frankenweenie," which stars Ryder, O'Hara, Martin Short and Martin Landau, his theaters Oct. 5. Check out the theatrical trailer above and the offical character posters below.