Halloween

A Creepy Character

TFK talks to Atticus Shaffer, the voice behind the character Edgar “E” Gore in Frankenweenie

September 28, 2012
©2012 DISNEY ENTERPRISES

Edgar "E" Gore discovers young Victor Frankenstwin's secret in the animated black-and-white movie Frankenweenie.

Halloween arrives early this year. The 3D-animated movie Frankenweenie hits theaters on October 5 (click here to read TFK Kid Reporter Amelia Compton's review). It is based on the horror film Frankenstein. In Frankenweenie, young Victor Frankenstein loses his beloved dog Sparky. But he uses what he learns in a science lesson to bring the dog back to life in his attic laboratory. Soon, his classmate Edgar “E” Gore (voiced by Atticus Shaffer) discovers Victor’s secret. Will Edgar let the cat out of the bag? TFK Kid Reporter Amelia Compton sat down with Atticus to talk about the creepy Edgar character.

Atticus Shaffer voices Edgar "E" Gore in Frankenweenie.

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Atticus Shaffer voices Edgar "E" Gore in Frankenweenie.

TFK:

How would you describe the character you play in Frankenweenie?

ATTICUS:

Edgar “E” Gore is a misfit. He’s kind of a villain with a good heart. He is the Igor type. [Igor is a hunch-backed character who appears in many horror films, including the Frankenstein movies.] Playing this type of character is so different because I had to do an impression.

TFK:

What did you enjoy most about playing Edgar “E” Gore?

ATTICUS:

I love doing impressions. Plus, this is a Tim Burton movie, so I get really excited about that. But playing this throwback character is so much more interesting and fun compared to just playing yourself. I had the opportunity to create the character using my voice. Then I got to see the animators give the puppet movement and a world. That’s ten times more fun than any theatrical part.

TFK:

What kind of things did you do to get into character?

ATTICUS:

This is one of the roles in my career that I’ve studied the most for. For the first audition, I was told to have an Igor-like essence. Then for the callback, they asked me to do a Peter Lorre impression. [Peter Lorre often played sinister characters in movies from the 1920’s through the 1950’s.] Challenge accepted. My mom rented me the Maltese Falcon and I already had Casablanca. So I just sat there and kept watching these movies over and over to study his emotions and everything. My character kind of formed itself from there.

TFK:

Is it difficult to voice a character in a studio without any other actors to play off of?

ATTICUS:

I wasn’t always alone in the studio. Tom Kenny was hired to come and help me with the impression. I’m really good at doing a new impression when I hear it. So Tom would read opposite me. For certain lines, he would do a Peter Lorre impression. Then I would read off of his impression.

TFK:

What was difficult about playing this role?

ATTICUS:

It’s not extremely difficult, but I think one of the challenges was finding a voice we liked and sticking with it. Since it was a year-long audition process, the voice became second nature almost.

TFK:

What do you think kids will enjoy most about this film?

ATTICUS:

This movie shows that you can be attached to someone, something, an animal, a toy, anything. And you can have such a bond with that thing, that if you lose it or it passes on, you would do anything to get it back. I also hope kids will enjoy this new generation of black-and-white films and become inspired to see the classics.

TFK:

And this is the first 3D black-and-white animated movie.

ATTICUS:

Yes! It’s groundbreaking. Kids will see it in movie theaters and years from now, they can say, “I remember when Frankenweenie came out and it was a tribute to movies that were made when I wasn’t even around.”


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