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…
The perfect movie to watch with your dog on a stormy night, except if your dog is a little fucking bitch who won't cuddle with you and just wants you to throw his stupid little squeaky bone.
Everyone has it all wrong. Halloween should not be about horror movies. The bloody murder murder spirit is not that of Halloween. Instead, I like to spend a lot of my holiday with films that capture the whimsical magic with a slight dose of spooky that to me is the Halloween of our youth. Frankenweenie is the perfect representation of the combination of imagination, innocence and fear, that the day of spooks and creeps should bring out of all of us.
"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,…
Based on the 1984 live-action short, Frankenweenie is the story of a young boy named Victor (Charlie Tahan) who loses his dog Sparky (Frank Welker) and decides to bring him back to life. After he succeeds, the other kids at school find out about the experiment and decide to steal the plans for the upcoming science fair. Things go haywire fast, and the whole town is brought to chaos.
After what most people considered a rather disappointing film earlier this year, though personally I enjoyed Dark Shadows, Tim Burton's second outing this year is a far more enticing and familiar work. A lot of people know the Frankenweenie short from the Nightmare Before Christmas DVD, so relating is easier than…
Remake or a re-imagining of Tim Burton's short film Frankenweenie (1984).
Tim Burton, director of Edward Scissorhands re-unites with Wynona Ryder in Disney's Frankenweenie, using the popular stop-motion animation that has become highly popular in recent years, Burton brings his unique-Gothic style to a family-friendly film about a boy who brings his dog back to life, with a homage to the Original Frankenstein, based on Mary Shelly's novel.
Stop-motion is a funny type of animation, Robot Chicken is my most favored output from the animation style but I personally find I get an aching head ache while watching S/M because I know each frame is someone moving the clay models, it takes a talented team to generate a good film…
The artistry that went into making this film in incredible. Details piled upon details reflect the care and precision the filmmakers used to bring this world to life. I am a big fan of stop-motion animation, and this is probably one of the best stop-motion films I have ever seen.
Within its strange world, the movie touches on a very profound subject: meddling with the forces of life (and death) itself. The power to give life is something that is far too great for human comprehension. And when humanity tries to interfere with the process God laid out, a perversion usually takes place - a perversion that grows uncontrollable.
The human need for control over natural things has existed since the beginning of time (the current frenzy over global warming comes to mind), and usually ends badly. Victor's experiment, though well-intended, opened the flood gates for irresponsible behavior by others who do not share his discipline or morality.
Perfect for a Halloween movie-watching party.
So this is seriously fucking awesome. 5 cat-bats out of 5. In retrospect it would probably be in my top 5 from 2012.
I'm a bit of a Burton apologist, but this is his best film since Big Fish. It looks fantastic; not just the art design but the way Sparky the dog is animated is really great. Plus it has its heart in the right place (if you've ever had/lost a dog this will get to you a bit), and yet still manages to find a way to get delightfully demented at times. I'm not sure who this is aimed at, its too dark for kids and most adults would probably pass cause of the name. But any fan…
How and why I missed this movie in the theatre I will never know. I do know that I loved Paranorman, another animated film from the same year that is an ode to horror.
Paranorman was amazing and I didn't think this movie could beat it. I was right but this movie is still amazing. I can't believe how good it was and I want to watch it again, right now. It's a love letter to Frankenstein done only like Tim Burton can do. It's also very similar to his early work like Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands with wonderful and weird worlds and strange and endearing characters.
I couldn't for the life of me tell if this was animated or…
This movie made me happy in ways i can't explain. I think the biggest reason why is because it gave me hope. I've always been a fan of Tim Burton. He have always ben a huge inspiration to me and he was probably my first favorite director so it makes me pretty sad when i see some of his more recent filmography and have to face the fact that he almost only makes crap nowadays. It all kind of went downhill after ''Sleepy Hollow'' and for a while i thought i'd never get to see anything descent from Burton again. Then this little gem came out. Sure, it's not spectacular or anything. It have some weaknesses and it's not really…
Great start, and even better finish, but even at around 80 minutes, Frankenweenie's runtime feels way too long.
Bonus points for the face of that cat, though.
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