Walt Disney Pictures has announced today that they are launching a touring exhibition featuring the art of Tim Burton’s ‘Frankenweenie, the director’s upcoming stop-motion, animated feature film. ‘Frankenweenie’ follows young Victor as he conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences. Burton originally came up with the idea for ‘Frankenweenie’ in the early 80′s, he envisioned it as a full-length, stop-motion animated film. Due to budget constraints, he instead directed it as a live-action short, released in 1984. Winona Ryder, Martin Short, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan, and Atticus Shaffer will voice the characters in the 3D black-and-white animated film, due for cinema release October 5th in 3D and 2D.

“The Art of Frankenweenie Exhibition” will premiere in Barcelona, Spain, at CineEurope, June 18-21, in association with RealD’s industry-leading, brightest 3D screening technology, and in the US at Comic-Con 2012 in San Diego, California, July 11-15. When the tour is complete it will have visited seven countries, including Spain, France, England, Japan, Mexico, Canada and the US. The exhibition is described as the following: “The Art of Frankenweenie Exhibition” captures the magic of the filmmaking process and gives audiences an exclusive glimpse into the stop-motion animation process brought to life by visionary filmmaker Tim Burton.  From original sketches drawn by Burton, to extensive props, sets and puppets, the exhibition showcases the artistic detail and vision that has gone into bringing this heartwarming tale to the big screen in 2012’s most highly anticipated animated movie. “The Art of Frankenweenie Exhibition” delves into the world of a boy who, inspired by science and the love of his dog, brings his beloved pet back from the dead.” Check out a sneak peak at the exhibition and official synopsis for ‘Frankenweenie’ below.

From creative genius Tim Burton (“Alice in Wonderland,” The Nightmare Before Christmas”) comes “Frankenweenie,” a heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life—with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor’s fellow students, teachers and the entire town all learn that getting a new “leash on life” can be monstrous.