Winona Ryder talks about reuniting with Tim Burton for Frankenweenie

Winona Ryder says she can't imagine Hollywood without Tim Burton, as she joins up with the director for their first movie together in more than 20 years.

The actress found fame in Burton's Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands more than two decades ago. She has reunited with the director to voice a character in his new stop-motion animated film Frankenweenie.

"I can't imagine movies before Tim in a way," Ryder said. "I think he opened the door for – so many people come up to me, like 'I became, I got into the arts or music or film or accounting' – he has really had an impact on people. And there was – what was it before him in terms of that? That style didn't really exist."

Frankenweenie fits squarely in Burton's style – blending sly social commentary with humor and elements of scary movies. It incorporates references to Frankenstein and plenty of other monsters – things Burton had been talking about with Ryder many years ago.

She explained: "Through remembering back 25 years ago when I met him, we sort of had this bonding over those kind of movies and our love of – we were talking about this yesterday on the plane – The Twilight Zone and Outer Limits.”

And Ryder says that despite a long career she's happy to be known sometimes as "the girl from Beetlejuice.

"Kids to this day like really respond to his movies and certain characters," she said.

"Like Lydia – the joy that it gives me when a kid comes up and says, 'Are you the girl from 'Beetlejuice'?' is like the greatest feeling in the world. Because there was something very real about her even with all of her cynicism and she was very dry. But there was a purity that she could see these ghosts that nobody else could see because they were so wrapped up."

  • Frankenweenie is released in the UK on October 17.

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