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Frankenweenie (2012) at a glance

Frankenweenie (2012) 3D stop-motion animated feature directed by Tim Burton. It is a remake of his short film Frankenweenie (1984) and a homage to Frankenstein (1931), a film based on Mary Shelley's novel of the same name.

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Frankenweenie (2012) Trailer

Frankenweenie (2012) Synopsis

When a car hits young Victor's pet dog Sparky, Victor decides to bring him back to life the only way he knows how. But when the bolt-necked "monster" wreaks havoc and terror in the hearts of Victor's neighbors, he has to convince them that Sparky's still the good, loyal friend he was.

Frankenweenie (2012) Review

Victor and his beloved Sparky.
Victor and his beloved Sparky.

Frankenweenie (2012) is a beautifully animated stop motion film homage to classic horror films with references to Frankenstein (1931), Bride of Frankenstein (1935) and Godzilla. This animated feature though cannot be compared to Tim Burton's live action films as they are essentially different types of movie, it is just as dark, gothic and artistic as his other films; perhaps just much more personal.

Sparky by his grave.
Sparky by his grave.

Although completely in black and white, everything is lively. It would be extra appealing to those who love black and white films. There are certainly several scenes that are impactful even with no words expressed at all. Nostalgic as the whole film is old school, the main character Victor also resembles Tim Burton childhood; they both make their own films in their early years.

Toshiaki's Shelley, the turtle monster.
Toshiaki's Shelley, the turtle monster.

In Frankenweenie (2012), the relationship between the pets and their owners are admirable, the children's competitiveness in fear of losing in the science fair are funny and the science teacher has unique personality that is honorable but it deals with the lost of loved ones, the mysteries of science and the fear of something unknown to the masses in addition to conformity, loneliness and ignorance too. Therefore, this film is bittersweet in its own ways. And I like that.

Weird girl and Mr. Whiskers.
Weird girl and Mr. Whiskers.

However, one thing I don't really like about this film is towards the end, it feels a little ridiculous. It was really awesome until everyone conjured something different up. It is not that bad but the art seems not consistent anymore. Still, I still love this film and it'd be one of my favorite animated films!

The Frankenstein family spending quality time together.
The Frankenstein family spending quality time together.

You will find that this film does have a lot of precious moments if you watch it. Victor's parents are supportive of his ventures. The pets such as Sparky, Persephone and Mr. Whiskers are so adorable and they are truly the best companion any children could have. I find the pets' eyes looks so real, realistic. Their expressions are genuine. Just like Tim Burton has mentioned, "Dogs are special. You leave them and go out the front door. Then you come back two minutes later and it's like they haven't seen you in three weeks... You don't get that with people, really".

In short, Frankenweenie (2012) is endearing and certainly a black and white beauty!

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Who will like this?

People who love black and white films, pets and/or people who love dark and gothic films.

That also means, Tim Burton's fans!!

Details of the movie

Director: Tim Burton
Producer: Tim Burton, Allison Abbate
Story: Tim Burton
Screenplay: John August
Cinematography: Peter Sorg
Music: Danny Elfman
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Starring: Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan, Atticus
Shaffer, Winona Ryder
Full Credit: [IMDb]
Distributor: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Country: United States
Language: English
Genre: Comedy Family Horror Sci-Fi
Running time: 87 mins
Budget: USD 39,000,000 est.
Box office: USD 81,500,000 est.

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Original post from Rosalyn's Blog.
This article is a part of Rosalyn's Animated Movie Marathon.
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Frankenweenie (2012) Behind the Scenes

Frankenweenie (2012) Poster


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