Q:Hi there, I just wanted to drop in to say that I saw Frankenweenie the other day, and I thought the writing was superb. Great job, and congrats on the Annie nomination! I really enjoyed the film and it's quickly become one of my favorites from Burton. I also have a question for you: what's the most important thing to consider when developing the core, or backbone, of one's story? I hope that isn't too vague. Thanks!
I think the most important thing is keeping in mind what the movie wants to be. It’s so easy to get distracted by What’s Possible that you lose sight of why you’re making the movie.
With Frankenweenie, it’s a story of a boy and his dog, and the fundamental purity of that bond. Whatever detours we took, we could keep coming back to that as its emotional core.