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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 bit toward the end where several of the supporting characters' pets get turned into giant monsters (a callback to the beginning of the film when Victor and Sparky made a kaiju-esque homemade movie together) was probably the best part of the movie. Its main competitor was the brief subplot about the town's ignorance-driven hysteria against science, but that's not really explored and most of the good it does is undone when Victor's science teacher bafflingly tells him, "People think science is here, but it is also here" pointing to his head and heart respectively. (It's one of those moments where you really, really want the movie to be joking but it plays it completely straight.)
On the whole, not a great effort. It drags quite a bit and leans rather heavily on some truly frustrating cliches.
Um filme que começa muito bem, tem em sua metade algo ainda aceitável. Porém, tudo derrapa no último ato tornando-se previsível e chato.
Read the review here: pointofreviewpr.com/movies/horror/frankenweenie-2012/
This great looking stop motion animation with the dark style of Tim Burton (reminisce of Nightmare Before Christmas) has a great story with a lot of heart that blends comedy and horror elements really well.
The story is also a homage to filmmaking as well with lots of little elements of the children making their own films strewn throughout.
A great collaboration between Disney and Burton and the inclusion of Martin Landau is fun.
My Take: More of a Burton film than a Disney one, but a good change in this fun Frankenstein reimagining.
If it wasn't a bit scary, I'd say that "Frankenweenie" would make a fantastic film I'd like to show to my daughter when she's, say, 5 years old. It was just fantastic! I can't really think of any other animation I had so much fun with since "Shrek", though this one is clearly not going to age in a way "Shrek" did.
i agree, it's full of references, but they almost always pertain not to the era the film was made, but to the classics of cinema and Tim Burton's own work. In fact, "Frankenweenie" does take place in his own cinematic universe shared with the likes of "Edward Scissorhands", but having fun with this movie does not require understanding…
Honestly, I think Tim Burton should just do films like this from now on. If you look at his recent live action films, which have been rather disappointing, and compare them to his stop motion work such as Corpse Bride, or this film, you can truly see his style shine through in every frame. This is pure Burton, shot in beautiful black and white, and chock full of tributes to films from Frankenstein to Gremlins. I know, for me anyway, this will become a staple for viewing around the Halloween season.
Watched with Ireland.
The fact that this film even exists is pretty remarkable, an adult themed black & white stop-motion tale. I'm sure Tim Burton has a lot of clout to throw around at Disney but I was really surprised by just how stark and grim this "not really for kids" tale can be. Burton expands his original short to mostly successful results. Frankenweenie definitely hits some pacing issues and the kids are overly "Burtonesque", but the animation and visuals are top-notch.
Side note: I have a theory that the kids in this film are actually the kids who received Jack's "presents" in Nightmare Before Christmas...
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