We can all relate to Victor Frankenstein, an impressionable young boy who loves his pet dog Sparky more than anything. Just imagine: Sparky and Victor side by side, making movies, conducting experiments, and getting into all sorts of mischief. Now picture Victor: brokenhearted from losing his best friend Sparky. Yes, we know, very sad. While many of us would try to forget the pain of losing our best pet pal, Victor has another idea. Inspired by his science teacher, Mr. Rzykruski, Victor finds a way to bring Sparky back to life – sending the small town of New Holland into shock.
Thanks to the Los Angeles Times’ Hero Complex Screening Series presented by IMAX, many eager fans were able to have the first look at this heartwarming tale and experience the genius of Tim Burton in IMAX 3D.
Those are some dedicated fans.
But guess who was first in line? These guys!
After the screening, fans were treated to a Q&A with the legendary Martin Landau!
In Frankenweenie, Landau’s third collaboration with Tim Burton, he voices the character of Mr. Rzykruski (try saying that three times), Victor Frankenstein’s controversial science teacher. Many will agree that there’s a bit of resemblance between Landau and Rzykruski. What do you think?
Landau spoke about his unique relationship with Tim Burton and their kinesthetic connection. “Tim and I don’t finish a sentence,” Landau explains during his interview with Hero Complex contributor Rebecca Keegan. “We kind of understand each other.”
Check out part 1 of Martin Landau’s interview with Hero Complex: ‘Frankenweenie’: Martin Landau praises Burton, Hitchcock, ‘goofy’ directors
Landau got creative developing the voice of Mr. Rzykruski, a character assigned no birthplace in the script, but labeled, rather generically, “European.” Landau designated the character a citizen of the imagined country of “Slobovia” and invented for him the native accent of “slobs.”
Learn more about what went into creating the voice of Mr. Rzykruski in part 2 of his interview with Hero Complex: ‘Frankenweenie’: Martin Landau is part Vincent Price, part ‘Slob’
Landau candidly recalls working on Burton’s Ed Wood and his relationship with Vincent Price, who was part of the inspiration for his portrayal of Mr. Rzykruski.
After seeing the film for the first time, Landau was stunned by how the Rzykruski puppet came to life on screen. Mr. Rzykruski’s movements and expressions were exactly as Landau had imagined when voicing the character. He seemed utterly elated that the collaborative vision of Burton and the animation team could be so in tune with his own. Watch part 3 here: ‘Frankenweenie’: Inside the Actor’s Studio with Martin Landau
Be the first to see Frankenweenie in IMAX® 3D beginning October 5th. Find an IMAX theatre near you.
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