Landau said it was inspiring watching Burton during the creation of "Frankenweenie" because he knew how much the film meant to his friend and colleague.

"Stop-motion animation is so hands-on as opposed to computers -- you have to move the characters 24 times for one second of film -- and Tim was very hands on with this film," Landau said. "It was really a labor of love for him. He never lost his incentive to make this film. He was a kid at Cal Arts and went on to work at Disney, where he made the live-action short. But it never fulfilled his vision. And now, he's made the movie the way he wanted to after 28 years. It's terrific."

Without question, "Frankenweenie" is Tim Burton's definitive monster movie, presented in glorious black-and-white, and accented with shadows and light that made those films in the '30s, '40s and '50s so iconic. In the end, the filmmaker couldn't be any more grateful to have had the opportunity to recapture the atmosphere of the days where the names Karloff, Lugosi and Chaney lit up the marquees.

"To be able to have those monsters in black-and-white made it feel like I was going back in time," Burton enthused. "I was making the things that inspired me."