Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Review of Tim Burton's Frankenweenie!

I am a huge fan of Tim Burton's original short of Frankenweenie so I couldn't wait to see a full fledged movie! I went to my favorite place to see a Disney movie, The El Capitan Theatre with a few friends in tow!
The story of Frankenweenie revolves around a young boy named Victor and his dog Sparky. Victor doesn't really have any friends except for Sparky. Victor spends his time inventing things and making movies. A tragic accident causes Victor to lose his dog Sparky but a science class demonstration gives Victor the inspiration he needs to try to bring Sparky back from the dead.
The 3D in Frankenweenie is totally immersive. I think this is one of the best uses of 3D I have ever seen. The illusion of depth plus the decision to keep this film in black and white is unique and plays great homage to the classic horror films of the 1950s!

I am also a huge fan of the art of stop motion animation! I love the painstaking attention to detail as each frame is shot one at a time! You can tell how much Burton has mastered this art form from The Nightmare Before Christmas to Corpse Bride to now Frankenweenie!
I personally feel this is one of Tim Burton's best works in a long time. I think it's because Frankenweenie was such a personal story to him. It also provided the inspiration for such films as Beetlejuice and Edwards Scissorhands. So, going full circle was what Tim needed and what we needed as fans!
This is the charming Tim Burton that we have grown to love. The quirky characters that are full of heart. I mean with a character that just goes by the name of "Weird Girl", you know you are in for a treat! Her cat Mr. Whiskers is my favorite however! He produces some great  laughs and a few wonderful surprises!
Plus, there are lots of great things to look for in the movie! See if you can find the "Goodbye Kitty"! Also look out for Christopher Lee as Dracula! Plus there is a nice tribute to all of the people that were in the original live action Frankenweenie short! 

I look forward to seeing this movie again. I'm actually seeing it again on Friday at The El Capitan of course! This film is full of charm and heart and perfect down to the classic horror film inspired posters! Burton is back!


  1. Thanks for the reviews, recipes and all you share. Jana. (