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,…
I love stop motion and i loved Frankenweenie. This film was not as good as the real Frankenweenie but i still enjoyed it.
"Crossing the boundary between life and death. Reanimating a corpse! It's very… upsetting!"
"Sometimes adults don't know what they're talking about."
I kind of sighed when I saw this in Winona Ryder's filmography and pondered whether I needed to include it in my watch-through of her work since she isn't physically present, but I knew I wanted to give the movie a second chance at some stage anyway. I really thought I might feel better about this one than the first time I saw it when I really took issue mainly with its ending (which I've copied and pasted below, including links to a couple of other older reviews where I talked about similar stuff) - I thought I'd dismiss…
Film # 4 of the "Scavenger Hunt # 16" Challenge
Task # 17: A black and white movie after the 1960s
Making a stop-motion animation asks a lot of a person: decication, time and patience. If I would make a film myself, I would love to try stop-motion, it always amazes me. And Tim Burton is a fan too.
“Frankenweenie” is a story about a boy and his dog Sparky. This is also secretly an ode to classic horror films. Victor is a nice boy who only has one real friend: his dog Sparky. Victor lives in the suburbs. He makes his own horror films, staaring Sparky, but also has a passion for science. When his beloved pet…
Not the best movie Tim Burton's made but it might just be the most Tim Burton movie he's made; the one that fulfills his thematic and artistic visions best.
One of the very few recent American animated films that tells you who the director is in its visual style - really, the fact that its visual style is noteworthy at all is something to celebrate, in a world where all cartoons look the same.
It starts out promisingly, setting up all sorts of cute and heartwarming stuff. It's a shame that its third act is mostly self indulgent nonsense.
Kind of disturbed to realise that the Japanse stereotype is the most prominent character of color in all of Burton, after the Oompa Loompas.
"I don't want him in my heart. I want him here with me."
"This isn't an experiment. He's my dog!"
"Sometimes, adults don't know what they're talking about."
I love this movie. I love it. I love the suburban scenery mixed with the very "Tim Burton" character designs, and the story is very touching and I have a special place in my heart for animals so ;^;
Feels like the first step in the right direction after Burtons more recent missteps, perhaps because it is a remake of something from the brighter beginnings of his career. It harkens back to a time before his films became gothic cliches, though still is infused with the iconic Tim Burton style. By comparison to the original short, this is a fun expansion to the story, and plays more to its vintage horror inspirations. Can we have a Catherine O'Hera lead "Weird Girl" spinoff please?
I love stop-motion animation, but this didn't capture my imagination in the same way that The Nightmare Before Christmas or Coraline did. It's not bad, it just isn't that interesting. I don't know what else to say about it.
Victor, a young filmmaker, inventor, and pet owner must find a way to resuscitate the corpse of his dead dog Sparky after an unfortunate car accident.
This film is, in my opinion, post Big Fish Burton's best film. Heartfelt, touching, and yet still possesive of the usual misanthropic, macabre wit that has come to define Burton's work, Frankenweenie is something special.
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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