Tim Burton's 'Frankenweenie' will be a "sensitive movie".

The eccentric director is currently working on the feature length version of his 1984 short film about a pet owner who manages to bring his dead dog back to life after he is hit by a car and Tim's long-time collaborator Chris Lebenzon is excited about the project.

He said: "We are storyboarding 'Frankenweenie'. It is a very sensitive movie, it speaks to a lot of our childhood fantasies. The theme is the same - the boy brings his dog back to life. In this one he gets the idea from a certain place, he has a lot of friends who do the same thing, they're in a big contest. I think it has grown to be more of a feature world."

The movie will star Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau, Martin Short, Catherine O'Hara and Winona Ryder as the voice of Elsa.

Short will provide the voices for Toshiaki, Nassor, Bob, Mr. Bergmeister and Victor's dad, while 'A Night Before Christmas' star O'Hara will take on the roles of Weird Girl, Gym Teacher, Edgar and Victor's Mom.

It is due for release by Walt Disney Pictures in March 2012.