The Opening Night screening and red carpet will go live from Odeon Leicester Square to BFI IMAX and 30 screens across the UK. The festival will also host The Art of Frankenweenie Exhibition from 17 to 21 October.
Frankenweenie, black and white, stop-motion animated film in 3D, is a heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life – with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor’s fellow students, teachers and the entire town all learn that getting a new “leash on life” can be monstrous.
Frankenweenie is the first animated film that Tim Burton has directed for Disney. The screenplay is by John August, based on an original idea by Tim Burton.
The Art of Frankenweenie Exhibition gives audiences a glimpse into the stop-motion animation process brought to life by visionary filmmaker Tim Burton. From original sketches drawn by Burton, to extensive props, sets and puppets, the exhibition showcases the artistic detail and vision that has gone into making this film.
The 56th BFI London Film Festival runs from Wednesday 10 October to Sunday 21 October.