While the film has everything you could hope for in terms of stunning visuals and real emotions, Shaffer added that "Frankenweenie" is truly made complete by its black-and-white presentation. The film feels timeless, which Shaffer credits to Burton's insistence that the tale be filmed in black-and-white -- and told the way that only Burton can.

"'Frankenweenie' puts you into a place that you can fantasize about, and then Tim Burton creates that and gives it to everyone from his mind," Shaffer explained. "It's a different world -- different from the stereotypical view of things. He's takes very ordinary things and makes them ornate and different and changes them into a perspective of his own."