As 2012 rolls out major studios are releasing some of the best footage of their upcoming releases. A trio of stills from Tim Burton's Frankenweenie has appeared online. The film is a feature length animated version of Burton's own previous live action short film, Frankenweenie tells the story of a boy who brings his beloved dog back to life with the power of science. 

Burton has been sort of easing his way back into directing animation after a feature career spent almost entirely in live action work. Though his earliest credits are a string of animated short films, Frankenweenie will be the first animated film directed solely by Burton - The Nightmare Before Christmas was directed by Henry Selick and Corpse Bride a co-direction - and it's clearly from material close to Burton's heart as he's tried to get a feature version of the short up and running for years.