Movies that are slightly off.
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.
Shot in black n white, brought to life through stop-motion animation and homaging various horror classics of the past, Frankenweenie is an expertly crafted, wonderfully animated & heartwarmingly told comedy from Tim Burton that may not rank amongst his finest works but that doesn't mean it isn't an enjoyable ride.
A remake of Burton's own 1984 short film of the same name, Frankenweenie tells the story of a young boy named Victor and covers his relationship with his deceased pet dog whom he reanimates through the means of science. But when he is blackmailed into revealing the trick to one of his classmates, it leads to some monstrous consequences.
Directed by Tim Burton, Frankenweenie features all the ingredients that are associated…
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 hard.
The film however…
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,…
Even though Burton rehashes some visual tricks and plot decisions, the movie is very charming in depicting one of the filmmakers' major themes: the gothic atmosphere that hides behind American suburbs. The many references (from Mary Shelley to Japanese monster movies) are a delight, and some scenes are deliciously shocking for a Disney cartoon.
Im not feeling clever right now, but something about homage as a concept being exploited, and how i dont like Tim Burton at his "artsy-est".
Anybody else think that Tim Burton is coasting on the fact he is Tim Burton whenever he does another film? His style has become so disseminated and known by now that he really doesn't have to try any more. Semi-creepy whimsy, loveable outcast characters misunderstood by society, slightly macabre subject matter, Burton is the type of director who has revelled in his style for so long that they have become cliches. And while this often produces solid work after solid work, I'm saddened by the fact he doesn't take risks any more. Sure those risks let him into Big Eyes and Planet of the Apes, but these risks in deviating from his style gave us Ed Wood (THE GREATEST, BY…
Non ho visto il cortometraggio, però le citazioni sono molto piacevoli: cioè quando arrivi a citarmi i gremlins e soprattutto Pet Sematary hai già guadagnato il minimo sindacale. Poi un piccolo frankesteiano Cristopher Lee... In più mette sul piatto piccole riflessioni sugli affetti e sulle nefaste conseguenze di un desiderio appagato senza cuore.
Alla fine riuscito.
"Have you looked through this science book they're using? Apparently Pluto isn't good enough to be a planet any more. When I was a kid, Pluto was a great planet. This guy comes along and rewrites the rules!"
1984 drehte Tim Burton einen Live-Action-Kurzfilm mit Shelley Duvall, David Stern und Barrett Oliver. Der Name des Films: "Frankenweenie". Inhalt: Ein Junge erweckt seinen überfahrenden Hund wieder von den Toten auf. Dieses simple Konzept scheint den Regisseur nie ganz losgelassen zu haben, denn 28 Jahre später präsentiert er uns dieses Remake: in schwarz/weiß und mit der unverwüstlichen Stop-Motion-Tricktechnik in Szene gesetzt, die schon "King Kong" anno 1933 das Laufen lehrte. Das Endergebnis ist nicht auf dem gleichen Level wie Burtons andere animierten Outings ("Nightmare Before Christmas"), aber trotz einiger Probleme ein unterhaltsamer, surrealer Trip vor allem für ältere Zuschauer. Die Freigabe FSK ab 12 hat ihre Berechtigung.
Overall Enjoyment 8/10
So many beautiful and unique and artistically expansive moments mired in so much kiddie horseshit and contrived storytelling and self-satisfied insipidity that the viewing experience is almost as frustrating as the experience of bringing your pet back to life and watching it die again.
Love the first half, the second goes in an odd direction but it still is enjoyable. Fantastic stop-motion and a really touching story.
The 2016 (2nd) edition of the list. You can see the original and more info here.
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