While in LA for the #DisneyMoviesEvent we had a chance to sit down and interview some of the young men who voice some of the characters in Frankenweenie. Robert Capron voices “Bob”, Atticus Shaffer voices “Edgar E. Gore”, and Charlie Tahan voices “Victor Frankenstein”. They were such well spoken and polite young men. It was a pleasure meeting them! Check out some highlights from the interview below:
Q: What is your favorite Tim Burton movie?
Charlie Tahan: Well Tim has always been like one of my favorite directors since like before I started acting when I was like three or four. And I was obsessed with Nightmare Before Christmas. I didn’t even know it was a Tim Burton movie at the time, but Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, that was pretty funny. I even remember like this specific problem because it was like a year long audition process for this and I just I was really excited.
Atticus Shaffer: For me, my favorite was of course Corpse Bride that was the first one I saw start to finish, because I had seen bits and pieces of like Nightmare Before Christmas and whatnot, but Corpse Bride was one I just wanted to say, I sat down and watched start to finish. I fell in love with it immediately, just because the way that Tim Burton, he takes all hese shapes, these objects and then transforms them. Makes them more so or less so and then, and then creates this own world of his. It was actually a yearlong audition process for me, uh, to, to get the part. After all the, all the waiting and that, and, and I’d go into auditions, I don’t, I don’t want to expect to be like oh, I’m going to get hired, I’m so good. No I’m not that at all, I’m just very like, well, oh, I’ll do the best I can and, and, and if, if it’s, if I do get it, that’ll be awesome. And if not, well at, at least I, I was able to try out for it. I get a call and they’re like, hey, Atticus, by the way we, we were just wondering, what’s the longest audition process you’ve done, uh, in a while. I said well, Frankenweenie, that one took about a- that one had, has been going on for about a year and that one seems to be the longest. And they go, oh, you got it. After the defibrillator woke me up, [LAUGHTER] I was brimming over with emotions, this is just oh my god, I’m going to be a part of a Tim Burton legacy, at the same time I was like, I want to be in this- and so it was, it was just awesome.
Robert Capon: Yeah I’m like, Atticus, because my favorite, um, Tim Burton movie was the original Batman. Because that was the first one I saw because like I love Batman. And so when I, when I found out I got the part, I was like flipping out when I first met him, like literally the like first thing I said to him was, I was like, you directed Batman. That’s awesome. It was really funny.
Q: What was your favorite thing about your character?
Charlie Tahan: I think for me because, uh, you might know if you’ve seen the movie. Victor is kind of like loosely based on Tim’s childhood I think a little bit. So when it’s just like I said, he’s like been one of my favorite directors, so I was honored to be able to sort of play him.
Atticus Shaffer: And, and for me, the characters that I normally play are either they are my voice, they are kind of the very calm eye in the storm characters. Some are smart, you know, they, they know how to figure out problems and what not. But then this one, he’s just so over the top. He’s kind of like this, he’s a semi villain, he loves everything more big and over the top and, and also being able to do the impression, uh, of Peter Lorre for the voice is, is just awesome for me. Because, I love doing impressions, I love doing accents, and during the audition process, during the very first one, they just said, all right, hey. And he’s kind of like the Igor character and, and I knew how to play that off, but like the second or third audition into it, theysaid if possible, do a Peter Lorre impression. And I was like this is so new for me, it’s going to test my acting abilities, I want to do this.
So my mom and I like the home schoolers that we are, uh, rented, uh, a Maltese Falcon and we already had Casablanca, and just sat down and really studied and, and, um, it, it, and that alone was just such a thrill for me.
Robert Capon: Yeah, for me the thing I like the most about Bob is that despite the fact that he’s like a really big guy, like his character, like he’s huge. Despite the fact that he’s really big and he could very easily be like a bully, he’s not, he’s actually a very nice person. Like that was one of the things I liked about his character.
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