Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
The electrifying dog is back from beyond the grave
Young Victor conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences.
For well over a decade now Tim Burton has seemingly been happy to coast along rehashing his kooky style and blandly re-imagining other people’s stories. However, I find it impossible to get excited by a director who simply appears to be going through the motions. Which is why his latest film, Frankenweenie, sounded potentially appealing. Based on a near-career ending short film and with autobiographical elements (Victor acting as an on-screen surrogate for Burton) this new stop-frame animated feature is his most personal and heartfelt work in years.
Essentially a simple story about a boy and his dog reimagined as a classic Universal monsters movie, Frankenweenie, lovingly homages the films that have influenced Burton throughout his long career. When Victor’s…
Definitive proof that Burton should never, ever work with Depp again, let alone other real people.
I know this is an easy criticism, but I really feel Burton has surrounded him with people that fit nicely in his comfort zone and as a result his last couple of films have been drab and not that good. It seems as if he just didn't challenge himself anymore, relying on routine.
I wonder if Burton felt the same as he now reanimates (.......I know, sorry about that) his first short film and turns it into a fun and very creative film.
The black and white cinematography, the production design and the insanely gorgeous stop motion…
Your dog is aliiive!
-Edgar "E" Gore
Two stop-motion animated films that pay homage to horror films in the same year. We have entered a new golden age of cinema. While ParaNorman was clearly influenced by the horror films of the 70s and 80s, Frankenweenie is a full fledged love letter to the Universal Monsters era of horror. You won't even have to pay that much attention to recognize the nods to Universal's big names and even a huge nod to a sub-genre of horror of the same time period. It even manages to sneak in a cameo appearance from a legend of the genre. Having an unbiased opinion of the film is going to be…
"Frankenweenie" starts out as a leisurely paced film about a boy, Victor, who loves science and monster movies. Tragedy strikes when the boy loses his best friend, a dog named Sparky. Victor then calls upon the cinematic and literary legacy provided him by his last name to shock Sparky to existence.
That synopsis offers no surprises to anyone familiar with Tim Burton's original short film of the same name. Now, Burton expands his short to a feature-length film and the results are more than pleasing.
"Frankenweenie" is beautifully rendered. The melancholy, black and white, stop-motion animation is equally handome, grotesque, and humorous. The animated environs evoke horror films of the past and Burton's own oeuvre. The vocal performances are solid,…
Contrary to the misleading title, this is not a porn parody of Frankenstein.
Does Tim Burton even care anymore? Or is he lost in his own myth that he can't see when he's doing everything wrong? Frankenweenie is Burton's latest attempt to return back to his roots. Unfortunately he brought all his rotten ends with him.
I mean, is Burton actively trying to keep this from being great? This is a film about a boy who brings back his dog from the dead. Why am I so uninvolved with this film? Why am I so unengaged from this story that I don't care? Why am I not weeping when I'm supposed to be?
Most of the issues here, once again (as it is with all recent Burton projects) come down to the script.…
In 1984, Tim Burton launched his career with a live-action short named "Frankenweenie," and now he returns to that material for the new "Frankenweenie," a stop-motion, black-and-white animated comedy inspired by "The Bride of Frankenstein" and countless other classic horror films in which science runs amok.
The story takes place in a familiar Burtonesque world of characters with balloon heads, saucer eyes and pretzel limbs. Seeing them in b&w only underlines their grotesquerie, and indeed the whole story benefits from the absence of color, because this is a stark world without many soothing tones. Burton uses a stop-motion animation method employing puppets, and I learn from Variety that he employed "about 33 animators working to produce five seconds of film…
A delightful piece of animation filled with memorable characters, and true heart. While it is based on a previous short film, this is director Tim Burton's most original and worthwhile effort in some time.
I understand that they are not the same type of film, but they're similar in that they're two horror films aimed at kids released in 3D in the same year, so I will make this statement: ParaNorman is a much better film than Frankenweenie. This one isn't bad, but it lacks the charm and the smarts that ParaNorman possesses. This was a bit of a letdown, to be honest.
The story started out alright, but then it got strange and slow. The last thirty minutes, which were suppose to be the thrilling part of the film, was boring. You could tell this was a short that they stretched to 80 minutes because it had little substance and could hold the viewer's interest.
Was a little disappointed with the ending but good storyline and great characters.
Grooved on the homage for a while, like the lady poodle's hair resembling the Bride of Frankenstein. But it has become clear that Burton has little left to offer, recycling old shorts and fortifying them with the essentials from Edward Scissorhands: return of Ryder as the raspy, chic mark of acceptance; community's vision of a homogeneous society thwarted by the invasion of the unknown, to which they act predictably scared and eventually violent - but without that film's lively, implicit aspersion towards ignorance and, what was perceived to be at the time, Burton's exciting rush of Gothic across the suburban doldrums.
Nothing special, but it is serviceable. Made me cry at the end, so there's that.
Eventhough its almost the same characters again and again it was refreshing to see Burton back after flops as Alice in Wonderland and Dark Shadows.
Went to the cinema with the kids and they didnt move so pretty good all around!
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- Les Misérables
- Life of Pi
- The Master
- Only God Forgives
- Room 237
The topic title says it all really.
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