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Disney’s new stop-motion animated film, Frankenweenie, will be brought to life by some of the same production leaders who worked on The Nightmare Before Christmas, including director Tim Burton and production designer Rick Heinrichs.
Heinrichs says that creating a black and white stop-motion film like Frankenweenie is actually more challenging since there is no color to help bring characters to life. In order to look as realistic and interesting as possible, the puppets have real human hair and incredibly elaborate designs. Each human character has approximately 40-45 moving joints and the dog Sparky has over 300!
Production still takes just about as much time as it used to, but thanks to digital cameras, animators can now use a piece of equipment called a "rig" to make the characters move and then edit out the rig during post-production.
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