15 October 2012 4:39 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Preferring stop-motion animation is an affectation of the digital-disdaining classes. CGI does a much better, more effective job

Few kids' films get to open major international festivals: they just don't wield the cineastic clout. Frankenweenie was viewed by some as one dose too many of Tim Burton's goth whimsy with a copout ending. Maybe, though, the film's selection as London film festival's curtain-raiser was helped along by one miracle ingredient.

A clue as to what this might be lies in another unusual laurel accorded to this animation. The film's global rollout is being accompanied by an elaborate exhibition, celebrating the physical process that brought it into being. What could account for such attention to mere mechanics? Only one thing: stop-motion.

Wondrously enough, Victor and Sparky's electric adventure was enacted by puppets, repositioned and then photographed 24 times for each second of screen action. Single scenes took a week to put together. »

- David Cox

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