You know the thing I mean.
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,…
The stopmotion animation is lovely and the decision to make the film in black and white really pays off, but this succeeds in large part due to the way in which it taps into something so primal, universal, and affecting—the love we have for our pets. A perfect movie to watch during the fall season.
Tim Burton has become as much of a brand as a filmmaker in recent years. As the quality and critical reputation of his films have suffered to some degree, his consistency in style and vibe have remained a sticking or selling point, depending on your view. Whether it’s the art deco design influences or the preponderance of Johnny Depp or the focus and fascination with oddballs and loners, there’s a certain expectation that comes with Burton’s name on the ledger, one that he’s delivered with aplomb, if less novelty, for a good long while now.
That is the best thing to say about Frankenweenie, a 2012 feature-length, animated update of Burton’s own original 1984 live action short. It has the…
Hard to believe this film is 4 years old. Tim Burton fun based on his older film. Enjoyable movie with likeable characters with a familiar old movie feeling (not just the black and white)
Aesthetic over story. Pretty poor direction, narratively all over the place, and very derivative of other, better movies (is it still stealing if Tim Burton is ripping himself off?). I gotta say, though, it was a cute movie.
Just kind of a bummer after seeing all of Laika's much more thoughtful movies.
Watched through a veil of tears thanks to the "loss of a pet" theme, Tim Burton's feature length version of Frankenweenie is a wonderful picture.
I'm a sucker for stop-motion animation and this has some of the best I've seen outside of Laika productions. I was foolish to discount this upon its release as it really is a great expansion on the original 1984 short film.
A great voice cast and some truly heartfelt moments lift this above your average children's fare. One of Burton's best.
A few years ago I saw the live action 1984 Frankenweenie that burton made so I pretty much knew the story plus it's already basically a retelling of Frankenstein sooo .. EH. who cares? I feel like Tim Burton hasn't made a good movie since probably Big Fish. Sure he has a creative visual style but what is that without a good story? Seems like he's run out of ideas.
Day 14 of 31 days of Halloween
"How are we suppose to see an invisible goldfish?"
"Put your finger in. You can feel it."
"Ah! It bit me"
Ich habe auch kurz an Sparkys elektrifizierende Schrauben fassen dürfen und der Film hat mein Filmherz zum Lachen, Weinen und Schwärmen gebracht. Tim Burton, so wie ich ihn als Teenager kennen und lieben gelernt habe. Dazu gab es viel an (Horror) Filmhommages zu entdecken und ein animiertes Wiedersehen mit Winona Ryders Lydia Deetz in "Beetlejuice". Meinen Wellensittichen hat der Film allerdings gar nicht gefallen.
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