Glen Rock Teen Stars in Tim Burton's New 3-D Animated Movie

Glen Rock High School student Charlie Tahan, 14, did the voicework for Victor Frankenstein, the main character in Tim Burton's new black-and-white stop animation film, "Frankenweenie"

He might only be 14, but Charlie Tahan can point to his IMDB profile and boast that he's already accomplished what few actors have – he's worked on films with big names like Tim Burton, Woody Allen, Will Smith, and Mila Kunis.

The Glen Rock High School freshman's latest production, Frankenweenie, opens in theaters on Friday. The 3-D animated Tim Burton flick features Tahan's voice work for the main character, Victor Frankenstein. In the film, Victor's character creates a science experiment to bring his dog back to life though things don't exactly go as expected.

According to an article in the Glen Rock Gazette, Tahan spent 10 days over the course of three years reading lines in a New York City sound booth and never met the other actors until the film's red carpet roll out in Los Angeles last week.

"People ask us all the time why we don't move to Los Angeles," his mother, Ellie, told The Gazette. "But our home is here in Glen Rock where the kids can go to school with their friends and go into town and just be regular kids."

Tahan, who was described as bringing an innocence to the character of Victor, told The Record he'd like to perform in a comedy role in his next film, though he said there weren't many comedy roles available for 14-year-old boys. 

He's not the only Tahan capable of acting. Charlie's younger sister, Daisy, starred as Samantha Focker in Little Fockers. She's also performed in a number of television series and feature films.

Frankenweenie is playing nearby at Washington Township's Clearview Cinema on Friday night. Check out the trailer, posted above.

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SusieHomeMaker October 05, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Tim Burton & a black & white animated "Spooky" story AND Charlie !! Perfect together . I just watched the trailer and yes, at 54 yrs old I would go see this ... looks great.
Cecilia Vanti October 05, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Incredibly talented & still 14? Whew. No telling where this boy will go. Really looking forward to seeing FRANKENWEENIE!
JAFO October 05, 2012 at 04:57 PM
10 days over the course of three years? I gotta think his voice would have changed pretty dramatically between the ages of 11-14.
James Kleimann October 05, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Congrats to Charlie; the film looks pretty cool! I think the only thing I had accomplished by the age of 14 was capably tying my shoelaces and passing an occasional test in school. I did make some pretty cool Lego cities though, to my credit.


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