Figures on the set of of the Disney Tim Burton movie " Frankenweenie" on display at Comic-Con preview night held at the San Diego Convention Center on Wednesday July 11, 2012, in San Diego. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Invision/AP)
SAN DIEGO - Tim Burton knows what it's like to be a boy with a dead dog.
The filmmaker came to the Comic-Con fan convention Thursday to show footage of "Frankenweenie," his expanded take on Burton's 1984 short film of the same name.
The film tells the story of a boy who brings his beloved dog back to life after the pet dies in an accident. Unlike the live-action original, the feature-length version is done in black and white through stop-motion animation using puppets meticulously shot one frame at a time.
Burton, who began as an animator, says it was a new experience back then to work with live actors but that the stop-motion version is the more pure take on his story.
"Frankenweenie" hits theatres Oct. 5.