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Burton's 'Frankenweenie' to open London Film fest

London Film Festival organizers say this year's event will open in October with Tim Burton's canine monster movie "Frankenweenie."

The animated black-and-white tale of a boy's attempts to bring his beloved dead dog back to life will have its European premiere at the festival on Oct. 10.

It will have a red-carpet gala premiere at London's Odeon Leicester Square and will be screened simultaneously at 30 theaters across Britain.

The film is a feature-length expansion of Burton's 1984 live-action short of the same name.

Festival chief Clare Stewart said Thursday that Burton's "funny, dark and whimsical" tale "playfully turns the Frankenstein story on its bolted-on head."

The 56th London Film Festival runs Oct. 10-21. The full lineup will be announced next month.