Bringing Frankenweenie to Life
Certain voices just stick with me. It could be a character in a movie (Dory in Finding Nemo, anyone?) or my 10th grade World History teacher whose voice I still here in my nightmares about missing an important test at school. You know the dream. I still have it sometimes even though I finished grad school almost 2 years ago. Certain voices are so distinct that they are difficult to forget.
Frankenweenie features a collection of characters that will stick with me for quite a while. Edgar ‘E’ Gore (voiced by Atticus Shaffer) and Mr. Rzykruski (voiced by Martin Landau) are two that I will not be forgetting anytime soon!
During my recent trip to Los Angeles for the white carpet premiere of Frankenweenie, I had the opportunity to interview 3 young stars who lent their voices to the film.
- Charlie Tahan, voice of Victor Frankenstein
- Robert Capron, voice of Bob
- Atticus Shaffer, voice of Edgar ‘E’ Gore
Meet Charlie Tahan aka Victor Frankenstein
During the interview, it was great to hear Charlie Tahan’s insight into his character and his experience on the film! It was a year-long audition process for him which surprised me! He found the recording process interesting as it was his very first voice over job.
He explained that when he began the recording process he was surprised because it was just him on his own in the studio. There wasn’t any animation to view when he began the process so when he was finally able to view some of the film he was surprised because “Victor like somehow reminded me of myself.”
J is a movie buff and loves learning more about what it’s like to work with directors of his favorite films. So when Charlie was asked about Tim Burton, I was all ears. What was it like to work with the mastermind behind some extremely interesting and amazing films? I couldn’t help but chuckle when Charlie answered, “Well he’s, he’s surprisingly normal.”
Meet Robert Capron aka Bob
Robert Capron is one of the most down to earth young men I have met in a long time. During the interview he made me chuckle more than a few times. When he confessed that “the first like really good movie I saw was Rear Window. And I saw that when I was like nine, which is kind of creepy now that I think about it,” I couldn’t help but smile. He revealed a depth to him that I found extremely interesting.
When asked what he liked most about his character, Robert revealed even more about his own character.
“For me the thing I like the most about Bob is that despite the fact that he’s like a really big guy, like his character, like he’s huge. Despite the fact that’s really big and he could very easily be like a bully, he’s not, he’s actually a very nice person.”
As a mother and a teacher, I was touched by the fact that he acknowledged a deeper quality in his Frankenweenie character.
Meet Atticus Shaffer aka Edgar ‘E’ Gore
I thought Atticus Shaffer was an extremely remarkable young man. I was familiar with his character from the movie stills and posters. But meeting the young man behind the voice really blew me away.
After seeing the movie, Edgar ‘E’ Gore is one character that will be with me for quite a while. I think it’s a combination of great film making, a distinctive character voice, and an actor making an impression upon me.
When Atticus began talking about having the opportunity to do an impression of Peter Lorre for his Igor-like character, I knew there was something special about him. He seemed to have a wisdom far beyond his 14 years. While many might say that they got into the business for fame or fortune, Atticus revealed that “the whole reason I got into the business in the first place, is because I love to play with my voice.”
For him, it is all about the craft. He summed up the making of Frankenweenie with a great deal of eloquence that had me extremely excited to join him in the world of the characters. For Atticus, it was kind of like creating like his own little monster to live in the world Tim Burton dreamed up.
I was ready to enter that world! You can check out my white carpet Frankenweenie premiere experience to see how it all went down!
Are you ready to enter the world of Frankenweenie?
Frankenweenie opens this Friday (October 5th) and I cannot wait to see it with J! To learn more about the characters of New Holland, check out the Frankenweenie website and connect with Frankenweenie on Facebook!
Formula Mom Disclosure: Disney provided me with a trip to Los Angeles in return for my honest review on the movies and events mentioned above. Most of my expenses were paid by Disney and no other compensation was given. All experiences and opinions are 100% my own.