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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,…
the character designs were super cool, i love the girl with wide eyes
Frankenweenie is a really fun stop motion film with an original concept and Frankenweenie is so cute.
Despite being a return to form for Burton, and even making me cry, it simply wasn't as good as it could have been. I found myself longing for the scenes with Victor and his Dawg. And for Victor to get with... Winona Ryders character. I actually wasn't interested in the whole science fare bollocks. Which I should have been because that's an interesting idea! Just poor execution I thought. A missed opportunity.
Credit where credits due, the animation was damn fine, it has some atmosphere, and of course as I stated before, moved me.
The stop motion was beautiful. Loved all the classic film references and the new parts were a hoot. But it didn't quite have the heart of the original short film.
The impressively animated Frankenweenie has enough clever, if not self-indulgent, classic monster movie references and endearing "boy and his dog" moments to forgive for the lack of humor and tonal inconsistencies.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A pretty watchable, although not that memorable movie, that probably would have been much cooler, if they had made it as live action. (I know, it’s based on a live action shortfilm, but one that is completely different from that version!) Although of course then we would have missed out on some seriously cool and weird character designs.
The one thing that really pissed me off, was how the surprisingly gruesome and completely unnecessary fate of another pet got completely ignored. Changing the script in a way, that it either would have been saved or the tragedy of its death would be at least acknowleged, wouldn’t have been that difficult! But seriously, that was some cold blooded Don Bluth-esque shit, what they pulled here!
burton's best animated movie
Short. Kind of fun. Anything with a dead dog in it is going to tug at my heart strings. Some nice classic horror homages including the Vincent Price-esque teacher and James Whale style resurrections. I laughed a few times, which is more than I was anticipating as I'm by and large fed up with Tim Burton's quirky films these days, but I'd rank this as one of his better efforts. It's still not anywhere near the quality of Ed Wood, a film I doubt he'll ever top, but I'd rank it comfortably alongside Beetlejuice and Batman.
(Last Updated: 28 July 2015)
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