Burton delighted over Oscar nod

Updated: 02 February 2013 10:46

Beetlejuice director Tim Burton is delighted with the Oscar nomination that his film Frankenweenie has received in the Best Animated Feature category.

Beetlejuice director Tim Burton is delighted with the Oscar nomination that his film Frankenweenie has received in the Best Animated Feature category.

Speaking to Vulture, Burton said: "It's really nice [to get an Academy Award nod], especially for a film like that.

"Everybody works really hard for something like this, especially the people who work in a dark room for a couple of years."

He added: "The thing about stop-motion is that it's such a slow, painful process - one frame at a time. The positive side is that it helps keep the medium alive.

"It's not high on to-do lists for studio execs to make stop-motion, let alone black-and-white stop-motion. There's still a bit of a stigma, so any sort of positive response is meaningful."

When asked about wanting his films to be successful in terms of critics and the box-office, he said: "No one wants to feel like they weren't, unless they're doing some kind of weird art-house thing: 'I hope nobody sees this film! And if they see the film, I'm selling out!' You hope for success, but it's a strange phenomenon.

"You have a movie that gets s*****, crappy, horrible reviews but makes a lot of money; you have a movie that gets good, decent reviews, but then no one goes to see it.

"I've been lucky, even if a film didn't do that well [at the box office], I end up meeting people who connected with it, and that evens the score."

Frankenweenie is up against Brave, ParaNorman, The Pirates! Band of Misfits and Wreck-It-Ralph for Best Animated Feature when the Oscars take place on February 24 in Los Angeles.