This time, first spot goes to Mayor Burgemeister, voiced by Martin Short. Mr. Burgemeister is the Frankenstein’s next-door neighbor and Mayor of New Holland. A crotchety fuss-bucket, he is fanatical about his garden and can’t stand Sparky or anything else that threatens the perfection of his tulips. Mr. Burgemeister also asserts his authority over his niece Elsa Van Helsing by making her the reluctant star of his New Holland Dutch Day celebration.
Martin Short is pulling double duties there, since he also voices Victor Frankenstein's father, and in fact has a third role as Nassor. Nassor is highly intelligent, serious and intense. He takes a darker, more doomsday view on life than the other kids in New Holland. Nassor is instantly sceptical of the rumours surrounding Victor’s experiments with electricity, but once convinced, is zealous in his attempts to obtain Victor’s secrets.
Burton veteran and general legend Martin Landau is up next, voicing Mr. Rzykruski. Mr. Rzykruski is the new science teacher at New Holland Elementary School. He has a thick, Eastern European accent and a unique way of explaining things. He connects with his students, but parents misunderstand his passionate teaching style. Mr. Rzykruski serves as a mentor and inspiration to Victor, teaching him that science can do both good and bad things and that if a scientist does not put his heart into his experiment, there could be disastrous consequences.
Next is Weird Girl, voiced by Catherine O'Hara (also pulling a double role as one of Victor's parents). Weird Girl doesn’t fit in well with the other kids. She delivers ominous pronouncements in a monotone voice with an unnerving stare. Her constant companion is her fluffy white cat Mr. Whiskers, whose unblinking gaze matches her own. The other kids give them a wide berth—especially when Weird Girl rambles about Mr. Whiskers’ dreams.
And finally there's Edgar “E” Gore, voiced by Atticus Shaffer. Edgar “E” Gore is a needy misfit who doesn’t have friends but is desperate to be Victor’s partner for the science fair. In his attempts to be accepted ‘E’ tends to mess things up and often fails to think before he speaks. Even though ‘E’ promises not to tell Victor’s secret, he accidentally spills the beans.
So there you go. Hopefully you won't all go and figure out the film's entire plot based on these synopses and Burton's original short, but it does give you an idea what you're in for.
Frankenweenie is released on October 17 in the UK, and October 5 in the US. For much, much more on the film, pick up the upcoming issue of Empire when it hits newsstands this Thursday, or download it to your fancy iPad (or US iPad).