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And with this news I believe this project is on the path to not sucking. Anytime the words “Disney” and “adapting” are linked there’s a sense of fear. “Oh boy, how are they going to fuck this one up?” you ask yourself. Not that Disney hasn’t done great work, of course they have, but they do tend to take other people’s great work and make is almost unrecognizable. Hopefully, by bringing in Henry Selick to direct their adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s The Graveyard Book they’ve avoided screwing it up.

Selick is probably best known for directing Tim Burton’s A Nightmare Before Christmas, a true masterpiece of stop-motion animation, but he’s also worked from Gaiman’s text before when he directed Coraline, another great film. Stop-motion is wonderfully suited for bring these spooky but not frightening worlds to life and what a smart move to choose it again for The Graveyard Book. Well, I guess we don’t know for sure if it’ll be stop-motion, but remember what I said about making the right decisions so your movie won’t suck. Yeah, this is one of those choices, go with stop-motion.

For those unfamiliar with Gaiman’s book here’s a quick synopsis,

Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place-he’s the only living resident of a graveyard. Raised from infancy by the ghosts, werewolves, and other cemetery denizens, Bod has learned the antiquated customs of his guardians’ time as well as their timely ghostly teachings-like the ability to Fade. Can a boy raised by ghosts face the wonders and terrors of the worlds of both the living and the dead? And then there are things like ghouls that aren’t really one thing or the other. 

I don’t think they could have asked for a better guy than Selick to direct this movie. They simply must animate with stop-motion, I just can’t imagine it any other way!

What do you guys think? Picking Selick means it must be in stop-motion, right?

Source: /Film

Finally, Tim Burton is getting back to what he does best, making his own movies and not trying to adapt other people’s work. Honestly, when you look back over his career what are your favorite Burton pictures? Is it Edward Scissorhands or Planet of the Apes? The Nightmare Before Christmas or Alice in Wonderland? Yeah, I’m pretty sure I know which you picked.

Frankenweenie is actually a remake in its own way as it’s been adapted from Burton’s original 1984 short film of the same name, which funny enough was live action. This is also Burton’s return to stop-motion animation and it’ll be the first stop-motion movie released in IMAX 3D. Today we got our first look at trailer,

After the death of his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring him back to life. Victor tries to hide his creation, but Sparky gets out and causes havoc in the town.

I think Frankenweenie looks excellent! Just the right mix of heart and the macabre we’ve come to expect from Burton. I am waaaaaay more excited for this than I am Dark Shadows.

Supplying the voices are Winona Ryder, Charlie Tahan, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau, and Tom Kenny. Surprisingly Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter are not involved, and I’ve got to say, I’m relieved.

Frankenweenie opens October 5th.

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Imagine the opening sequence of Raiders of the Lost Ark as piece of stop motion animation. Okay, now watch this clip of the opening sequence of Raider of the Lost Ark as stop motion animation by Jeff Gurwood. Yeah, I don’t know why I had you imagine it first, but this stop motion recreation is brilliant is it not? (io9)


‘Tis the season for Tim Burton. I don’t believe any other modern filmmaker has associated themselves so well with Halloween without ever making a horror movie. Unless you count Planet of the Apes, which was pretty horrific. Burton’s creepy yet still lovable style perfectly exemplifies what kids love about Halloween, it’s scary but not “OHMYGODWHEREDIDTHATBLOODYDUDEWITHTHECHAINSAWCOMEFROM” scary.

So, it seems only appropriate as we near this year’s All Hallow’s Eve we get our first sneak peak at Tim Burton’s feature length remake of Frankenweenie. You’re probably familiar with his 1984 short of the same name, the one that apparently got him fired as a Disney animator (which is even weirder because this Frankenweenie is being released by Disney. WTF?).

Frankenweenie is the tale of a young boy, Victor, whose dog, Sparky, is killed in an accident and the grief stricken boy brings him back to life with the power of science. Mad science. The kind involving telsa coils and neck bolts.

What d’ya think? I’m excited for Burton to be working with stop-motion again. Of course, I don’t think anything will ever be as marvelous as The Nightmare Before Christmas, but Corpse Bride was pretty good. Maybe getting to rework an earlier project, one he must have great affection for, will give us the great Tim Burton flick we’ve been missing lately.

Source: Bleeding Cool

Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut.

Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at

I had no idea the Nintendo Gamecube was waterproof? Learn something new everyday, huh? (TDW: Geek)


Star Wars Prequels in 2 mins With…Legos!

It’s time for rhymes, wookies, and a boy who lived in a desert who becomes a bad guy, but there was a New Hope! That’s right ladies and gentlemen it is the Star Wars Prequels done right. And done in Legos (or it is Lego?)- cool.

“There was a boy who lived in a desert- but nobody cares about him” is how the video begins.True story indeed! In 2 minutes, the same people who did the two minute Star Wars trilogy in 2 mins with Legos have another brief (George Lucas beware) sum up of the Prequels in 2 mins. Did I mention 2 mins? I will try for brief in tribute to these guys (who “they” are is not mentioned). Entirely in Legos with a narrative done by what sounds like a pre-pubescent boy, this video puts the three hella long movies (with exhausting wait times between each release) into a neat and extremely accurate lil package. I have no idea who would have so much time for what must have been a super intricate venture, but where I wearing a hat, i would tip it to the creators (do people still tip hats?). And we’re off! Once upon a time….you enjoyed a video clip.

source: Obvious Winner

(article by nerdbastards contributor Sarah Moran @SarahThisIs)

Guillermo Del Toro is putting his magic touch on another fairy tale classic, Pinocchio. We learned today Del Toro is teaming up with The Jim Henson Company (OMG! AWESOME!) and Pathe to create a 3D, stop-motion animated film that will more closely resemble the original Carlo Collodi tale than the Disney version. Expect this version of Pinocchio to be grittier, darker and more surreal. I’m hoping for a faithful adaption that won’t put us to sleep like the hum-drum Alice in Wonderland Tim Burton recently gave us. Del Toro talked about the children’s tale with Deadline,

“There has to be darkness in any fairy tale or children’s narrative work, something the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Anderson and Walt Disney understood,” del Toro said. “We tend to call something Disney-fied, but a lot of people forget how powerfully disturbing the best animated Disney movies are, including those kids being turned into donkeys in Pinocchio. What we’re trying to do is present a Pinocchio that is more faithful to the take that Collodi wrote. That is more surreal and slightly darker than what we’ve seen before.”

Del Toro won’t be directing, sadly, but he’s producing and handing the directing reigns over to Gris Grimly and Mark Gustafson. Grimly recently illustrated a version of Collodi’s original Pinocchio and that book became the basis for this project. Gustafson was the director for Wes Anderson’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Fantastic Mr. Fox. They’ve already tapped Australian rocker, Nic Cave for music consultation and MacKinnon and Saunders will be handling the stop-motion. They are probably best known for working on Tim Burton’s The Corpse Bride and The Fantastic Mr. Fox. With this caliber of talent involved we can only expect great things.

I adore stop-motion and wish more studios would produce this kind of animation. I understand it’s time consuming and often very costly but seriously Hollywood, when you’re pushing out a half dozen, awful, 3D, computer generated shit films every month you’d think you could spare a dime on a more creative and innovative form of animation. I’m not a hater on CG animation, I’m not one who thinks the computer has killed the animator but have you seen some of the schlock coming out, Gnomeo and Juliet? Wtf!? But that’s just like, my opinion, man.

It sounds like Guillermo Del Toro really has his hands full right now. Besides working on Pinocchio he’s got the film adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s At The Mountain of Madness and that little monster which sprouted into two films, The Hobbit. How can he possible handle yet another film? Well, Guillermo Del Toro’s a wizard. Wait, no. Here’s what Del Toro says about how he’s managing his new project,

“We’ve designed key frames and characters, we know the mood and the feel, we’ve created a bible,” del Toro said. “ Shooting stop motion animation takes a lot time, but we’ve got the right team and I will be there for daily or weekly updates on how it’s going.”

Or maybe he is a wizard, I don’t know. But I do know this Pinocchio film looks fantastic. After the jump check out two more concept images and tell us what you think.

source: Deadline



Milk bottle tops. What can’t they do? Actually, I don’t know anybody who still calls them milk bottle tops? A guy with a lot of time on his hands and an infinite amount of patience…I mean INFINITE amount! Incorporating scenes from classic video games like Breakout, Pong, Pac-Man, Super Mario Bros and Space Invaders.

I’d like to see them use bottle tops to makes scenes from Assassin’s Creed or Gears of War. (via Geekologie)