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,…
Sometimes adults don't know what they are talking about.
★★★★★ 10/10: Perfect! This is Tim Burton at his finest ... and without Johnny Depp or Helena Bonham Carter! I liked the original short 1984, but this full length animation, is as good if not better! Also, Danny Elfman's score perfectly compliments the story and characters created from Tim's original idea of integrating the 1930's Universal horror, 1950's sci-fi & Ed Wood, 1980's pop Hollywood which greatly influenced his career. There are lots of homage to old monster, horror and sci-fi films - Frankenstein, The Mummy, Dracula (Christopher Lee), Godzilla, Bride of Frankenstein, Gremlins, Invisible Man and even a Vincent Price lookalike!
Love the callbacks to
Classics, love the black-and-white.
Very Tim Burton.
There are lots of references to classic monster films in this. If you know a lot of the old films, it's fun to pick out all of the references. Tim Burton of course shows his dark side and it works well with this story.
I love this movie, the soundtrack reminds me of Edward Scissorhands
Boring, predictable, a waste of time.
Often over looked but this is sadly a rare beast: a modern Tim Burton film that isn't rubbish.
I found the ending interesting in light of Tasha Robinson's recent piece on The Dissolve about the "Disney Death." While it does play into the trope, Frankenweenie feels more justified than usual in doing so on account of bringing things back from the dead being the central conceit of the story.
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- Ghostbusters II
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A list of films that originally began life as a short film before being extended into a feature length production.…