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Tim Burton: 'Frankenweenie's Oscar nod makes me feel good'

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Tim Burton has said he is very proud that Frankenweenie has been nominated for a 'Best Animated Feature' Oscar.

The filmmaker explained to Vulture that recognition from the Academy makes up for Frankenweenie's mediocre box office success.

Frankenweenie Premiere: Tim Burton holding a puppet of Sparky, a character from the movie

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Frankenweenie Premiere: Tim Burton

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"It's really nice [to get an Academy Award nod], especially for a film like that," Burton explained. "Everybody works really hard for something like this, especially the people who work in a dark room for a couple of years."

He went on to say: "The thing about stop-motion is that it's such a slow, painful process - one frame at a time. The positive side is that it helps keep the medium alive.

"It's not high on to-do lists for studio execs to make stop-motion, let alone black-and-white stop-motion. There's still a bit of a stigma, so any sort of positive response is meaningful."

Burton went on to stress that he is gratified that films like Frankenweenie have had a very positive impact on his fans.
"You hope for success, but it's a strange phenomenon," the director said. "You have a movie that gets s**tty, crappy, horrible reviews but makes a lot of money; you have a movie that gets good, decent reviews, but then no-one goes to see it.

"I've been lucky, even if a film didn't do that well [at the box office], I end up meeting people who connected with it, and that evens the score."

Frankenweenie is competing in the 'Best Animated Feature' Oscar category against Brave, ParaNorman, The Pirates! Band of Misfits and Wreck-It-Ralph.

The 85th annual Academy Awards will be held on February 24 in Hollywood.

Watch a trailer for Frankenweenie below:

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