There’s just something visceral about moving a puppet frame by frame. There’s a magical quality about it. Maybe you can get smoother animation with computers, but there’s a dimension and emotional quality to this kind of animation that fits these characters and this story
– Tim Burton
In an age dominated by high tech computer generated imagery comes a film that was made utilizing techniques with origins dating back to the 1800’s. Frankenweenie is the first black and white stop-motion animated film to be released in IMAX 3D. Director/producer Tim Burton didn’t aspire to create a film that fits today’s prescribed animated mold. The result is a visual masterpiece merging the heart of Disney with Tim Burton’s distinct, eclectic style.
The process of creating a stop-motion animated film is time-intensive and requires that each puppet be moved and photographed 24 times to get one second of film. If you’re as intrigued as I am about Burton’s creative mind and how he approached the film, I encourage you to visit The Art of Frankenweenie Exhibition, currently on display at Disney California Adventure Park. Here is where you’ll see real sets and puppets from the film including early character designs and completed shots, and learn about what goes on behind the scenes.
While at the park last week, I ventured in, not expecting to stay as long as I did. I gleaned a new sense of appreciation for this incredibly creative man. Here are some photos I captured from the exhibit.
The Art of Frankenweenie Exhibition will be on display at Disney California Adventure Park through November 5th, 2012. And while you’re at the park, you can catch an exclusive sneak peek of the film at Muppet Vision 3D.
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Photos: Rockin’ Mama