Tim Burton's Frankenweenie, a black-and-white animated tale of a boy and his dog, will open this year's London Film Festival, organisers have announced.
Disney's stop-motion animated 3D movie features the voices of Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau and Winona Ryder, and will hit UK cinemas on October 17, just one week after its film festival debut.
"Frankenweenie is a perfect choice of opener - it's a film that revels in the magic of movies from one of cinema's great visionaries," the BFI's head of exhibition and incoming festival director Clare Stewart said.
"Tim Burton has chosen London as his home city and hundreds of talented British craftspeople have contributed to this production."
The London red carpet will be the movie's European premiere, but according to the IMDb movie database website it comes five days after the North American cinema release, stealing some of the publicity thunder from the festival.
Three years ago London opened with the world premiere of another stop-motion animation movie, "Fantastic Mr. Fox", and George Clooney was among the stars who attended the launch.
This year's British Film Institute (BFI) London film festival runs from October 10-21, and the full lineup will be announced on September 5.
You can watch the trailer for Frankenweenie below.