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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…
"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,…
Contrary to the misleading title, this is not a porn parody of Frankenstein.
Does Tim Burton even care anymore? Or is he lost in his own myth that he can't see when he's doing everything wrong? Frankenweenie is Burton's latest attempt to return back to his roots. Unfortunately he brought all his rotten ends with him.
I mean, is Burton actively trying to keep this from being great? This is a film about a boy who brings back his dog from the dead. Why am I so uninvolved with this film? Why am I so unengaged from this story that I don't care? Why am I not weeping when I'm supposed to be?
Most of the issues here, once again (as it is with all recent Burton projects) come down to the script.…
Stick with the original short.
Tim Burton ran out of other peoples' movies to remake, so he had to remake one of his own.*
I couldn't really get into this. The story is really stretched out at 90 minutes and it feels like the movie is actively avoiding being about the boy and his dog when it gets into subplots about invisible fish and sea monkeys.
There are some cute moments and a lot of the animation looks great. The finale is good and is one of the only really energetic sequences in the movie.
*Which is basically just a remake, itself.
I feel like 2012 was a really good year for Tim Burton. It’s been so long since it felt like he was trying, probably since 2003’s Big Fish, but this and Dark Shadows were both pretty damn good.
It’s a close call between ParaNorman and Frankenweenie which stop-motion animated gothic-comedy feature was my favourite of the year, but I’m pretty sure I’ll watch both of them next Halloween.
Off beat, kooky and charming animation about re-animation of lost loved pets. So many lovely homages that its hard to dislike. The animation is beautiful even if there is little to love in the characters or story. But its still a great film, and very funny.
Saw the 3D version, added depth but not a lot else.
I asked myself why they would remake a perfectly delightful live-action short film as a feature-length stop-motion movie and I had low expectations. But the remake gradually won me over. I liked the art direction and the character design. Fun stuff.
I was not expecting much from this movie, but found it really enjoyable. What put me over the edge though was the monster and sound design in the last leg of the film. So great and reminded me of when monsters in movies were actually intended to be creepy.
This is Tim Burton going back to his early days and I was glad that he did. In my personal opinion, before he had Johnny Depp plaguing his movies, Tim Burton ha a short film called FrankenWeenie and to revisit that short these years later is just fantastic. this film looks fantastic because of the old school monster movie vibe you get from the film this Tim Burton doing what he does best; memorable, enjoyable films.
★★★★ = Very good
Tim Burton’s delightful Frankenweenie is a harmless comedy horror starring one of the most adorable dogs to grace celluloid.
The film is packed with excellent characters, voiced by an excellent cast.
This stop motion animation is yet another fine Burton production which is sure to charm and entertain almost all age groups; under-6s could quite possible be a little scared!
We laughed a lot watching Frankenweenie and we all fell in love with him. In fact, we were so enamoured, we ordered our very own from the Disney Store! Don’t say we’re not a serious film review site!!
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Frankenweenie sigue la historia original del cortometraje de 1984 (bit.ly/1eKwoP5) donde Víctor Frankestein decide revivir a su fallecido perro Sparky mediante descargas eléctricas después de haber sido atropellado.
La ventaja de esta versión animada frente a la realizada con actores reales, radica en la animación que precisamente se puede brindar a los personajes que no son humanos. Sparky es la estrella de esta película, su personalidad, carisma y fidelidad hacía Víctor, nos encierran en una historia de cariño de esas que hacen recordar a nuestras mascotas. Y es que, ¿quién no quisiera revivir a su perro?
Bajo esta línea argumental, Frankenweenie nos cuenta una historia, con tintes de terror, llena de homenajes a otras películas de Tim Burton como "Vincent",…
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- Les Misérables
- Life of Pi
- The Master
- Only God Forgives
- Room 237
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In rough order of potential brilliance. Check out list view for any available…