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.
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…
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…
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.
Gorgeous puppetry and chock-full of references to horror films, Burton's own filmography included, but it played out like an unnecessarily extended short. I didn't feel the love for this one. I have to add that I'm not a fan of the message either: kids, all is permissible in science as long as you love what you do.
It looks great but it does kind of feel stretched out. Wasn't surprised to find out there was a short film with the same story.
"Science is not good or bad, Victor. But it can be used both ways. That is why you must always be careful."
This is the most "Tim Burton" Tim Burton movie, Tim Burton has ever made. So overly swarmed in referential humour it's difficult to find where this movie starts and Gremlins but to be honest that's what I find so endearing about this film. Watching this is like watching every other horror film of the past century through the 'unique' eyes of Tim Burton, and while he's an easy director to make fun of, his imaginative writing and storytelling is almost undeniable.
The story is an adaptation of a short film Tim Burton made in the 80's, and unfortunately…
Kid scientist finds a way to revive his beloved pet dog who's been run over by a car. Feature-lenght, stop-motion expansion of Burton's 1984 homonymous short doesn't show any seam or padding and aims straight to the heart of anyone who loves horror movies from the '40s, dogs and 8mm films.
Burton al 100%, in un'analisi adolescenziale colma di ricordi, con tinte dark sfocate. Bella l'animazione in stop motion.
MY GREAT DIRECTORS PART 35: TIME BURTON PART 25
FRANKENWEENIE is Tim Burton's childhood fantasy finally realized in a full length film release. Victor Frankenstein is a young boy who loves his dog, Sparky, Sparky is Victor's best friend and they spend their time making home movies.... Okay, now you have my attention! But sadly, Sparky is run over and dies, but Victor gets an idea, using electricity from a thunder storm he brings Sparky back to life as Frankenweeine!
This film is beautiful, technically and narratively. The black and white cinematography adds to its charm as Burton brings this small town suburbia of New Holland. The characters, although are complete stereotypes are all perfectly fit into this universe. The…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
The Good: Martin Landau and his character, Mr. Rzykruski. Danny Elfman's score. Props for making it black-and-white.
The Bad: Dull. Predictable. Unoriginal. Terribly contrived. Sorely lacks magic and fun. Puppets aren't as expressive as the ones by its contemporaries, Laika and Aardman. Why must all of the main character's classmates be weird?
The Bottom Line: Frankenweenie is a decent but disappointing effort from Tim Burton. Will he ever return to form and remind us of his talent?
Universal Monsters done with animals.
Not Tim Burton's worst, but close. Comparing this to films like Coraline, Night Before Christmas and Monster House may be a bit unfair, but that's were it's competition lies. And it falls flat in every creative sense in comparison.
It was partially enjoyable and unique with every typical Burton element to kept this alive with it's unusual and intriguing creatures. Also having a new unoriginal idea for an animation. Specially for it's target audiences (7-13). But from an older perspective, it's simple short and stale. No likeable or comedic characters and above all, very unmemorable through- out.