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Last year animated suspense was a hit. Including movies like this.
Frankenweenie had just been reviewed on a Youtube show I seen so I got
here. So many colorful animal movies are out there, but they have some
tragedy too. It's a modern black and white movie with good use of sound
effects and music. This is the story of a young boy that looses his
dog, but he revives it with new technology. But other kids does the
same, as it ends in disaster. At the end the dog and his friends must
fight the monsters the bullies had created. By a moving scene the dog
is charged alive again after the fight. Not many mentions this movie,
but it's highly recommended anyway for kids that love a spooky cartoon.
Shot in black n white, brought to life through stop-motion animation
and homaging various horror classics of the past, Frankenweenie is an
expertly crafted, wonderfully animated & heartwarmingly told comedy
from Tim Burton that may not rank amongst his finest works but that
doesn't mean it isn't an enjoyable ride.
A remake of Burton's own 1984 short film of the same name, Frankenweenie tells the story of a young boy named Victor and covers his relationship with his deceased pet dog whom he reanimates through the means of science. But when he is blackmailed into revealing the trick to one of his classmates, it leads to some monstrous consequences.
Directed by Tim Burton, Frankenweenie features all the ingredients that are associated with his works whether it's the dark ambiance or the Gothic feel or having a lead character who's an outcast & other stuffs while the stop-motion animation ends up adding a uniqueness of its own. And the story also benefits from its splendid use of humour & fine voice work from its cast.
On an overall scale, Frankenweenie nicely demonstrates Tim Burton's continued fascination with this traditional animation style and is a rare breed of its medium in a time when almost every other animation film is computer-generated. A frisky paced, darkly comic & amusing ride for the most part, Frankenweenie presents its quirky filmmaker paying his tributes to a vast number of horrors classics, including his own films.
Young Victor Frankenstien's pet dog Sparky is hit by a car. He decides
to bring him back to life. When Sparky returns and wreck havoc, he
enlists his friends Edgar 'E' Gore and Elsa Van Helsing to help.
This is Tim Burton's style through and through. It's a black and white stop motion animation film. He has set this in a nice suburbia populated with weirdly vanilla characters from classic horrors. It's not only the style but the material. If you're a fan, you won't be disappointed. Even if you're not, you'll probably like it.
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I watched this film on a flight to Dubai due to my mum suggesting it
and although certain parts were initially forgettable (such as the
ending), the film was intriguingly produced nonetheless.
The most memorable parts of this film were Victor (the second Tim Burton stop-motion character with this name, the other one being in 2005's Corpse Bride) and his parents watching a horror film starring Sparky, Sparky being run over (which may be distressing for people whose dogs have died) and resurrected a la Frankenstein's monster, Victor's parents becoming insulted about the resurrection and a mutant Shelley stomping around the town like Godzilla.
Other high points of the film included its black and white animation, Edgar's full name being a smart satire of Igor, the part where Sparky drinks some water that spills out of his stitches like a fountain (the funniest part), Danny Elfman's chilling and dramatic musical score, and the decent voice cast including Catherine O'Hara (Kevin's mother in the first two Home Alone films) and Winona Ryder.
All in all, this film was originally nothing compared to other stop-motion films I've seen (e.g. Coraline and Chicken Run) but it was entertaining enough to pass time on a long flight and more substantial second time around. 8/10.
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FRANKENWEENIE (2012) is an animated movie about a boy, Victor
Frankenstein (Charlie Tahan voice), and his dog, Sparky, which is also
his best friend. Using science to remedy his heartbreaking loss, Victor
reanimates his dog, setting off a chain of consequences that get out of
hand for his quiet little town. It is then up to Victor and Sparky to
stop the ensuing chaos. This film also stars, Winona Ryder as the voice
of Elsa Van Helsing, and Martin Short as the voice of Mr. Frankenstein.
Through Tim Burton's focus on emotion, the theme of the film is found within the stages of love and loss. The emotional stages involve love/happiness, deep sadness, and also acceptance. As the viewer, we go through these emotions with Victor: as he plays with Sparky on a daily basis; as he witnesses the premature death of his pet and best friend; as he decides to bring Sparky back to life; and finally, as he must come to accept his pet's true fate. It is through this acceptance that the viewer can still feel as though the movie has an overall happy tone, even with the recurring sadness of the loss of a friend/loved one. The emotions portrayed are real and very relatable to child or adult.
Tim Burton has made several movies that deal with emotion, even some sort of loss, such as a dream, like in The Nightmare Before Christmas, when Jack Skellington wants to do something different, like be Santa Claus, but fails miserably. Through the use of appropriate music and sound effects, these films draw the viewer into the movie and keep the adventures interesting. An example is the use of the storm sounds and laboratory sounds when Victor is attempting to reanimate Sparky in his attic. Those sounds make the scene feel real and contribute to a feeling of hope for the experiment to work. Then the close-up of Sparky's tale combined with a moment of silence gives way to the feeling of disappointment, and a bit of sadness. The use of black and white during this and a few other scenes helps to guide the viewer's attention to what is happening, rather than to all the clutter in the attic or the gadgets being used by Victor for the experiment. This attention to the action more facilitates the emotional impact of what is happening; making it a good choice, whether or not it was meant to do just that. Using the innocence of childhood woes, in the proper story line is a brilliant way to present an emotional story that will touch the heart of people from all age groups. This was accomplished very well by Tim Burton through the use of a pet in FRANKENWEENIE.
Frankenweenie was a pleasant surprise: a very entertaining film that
was fun for a number of reasons. The story featured drama, comedy,
suspense, action and even a little romance.....it had everything. Plus,
it had a terrific black-and-white palette. The stop-motion animated
movie looks gorgeous.
Anyone who is familiar with the original Frankenstein film and Bride of Frankenstein had to get laughs out of the references to those 1930s classics. I know I did, laughing out loud several times. There also were touches in here of other pretty famous movies such as Godzilla, Gremlins, Gremlins 2, The Mummy and probably a couple of others that don't immediately come to mind.
All of that is involved in this story about a young "Victor Frankenstein," whose beloved dog "Sparky" is killed and then brought back to life by the young kid scientist (who went on to bigger things, as you know.) In this story, it's fairly mild until a bunch of weird schoolmates want to cash in on Victor's secret for re-animation. Then it gets tense/dark......probably a little too much for young viewers, so parents beware. However, for teens and up - particularly adult film buffs - this is a fun flick, start-to-finish.
I love Burton's stop motion animation style; it really suits this type
of tale. The fact it was in black and white was also a bonus for me; it
made it look like the early horror films, many of which are referenced
here. I also like that he made Mr. Rzykruski look an awful lot like
Vincent Price; he was an early horror movie hero of mine. I haven't
seen the earlier 1984 film and so cannot make a comparison with that
but I did like what I saw. Definitely well worth a watch for any horror
fan; or even if you just want to be entertained; it'll do that too!
SteelMonster's verdict: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
My score: 8.7/10.
You can find an expanded version of this review on my blog: Thoughts of a SteelMonster.
Tim Burton shows his class again with this black and white animated film inspired by famous horror classic Frankenstein. This time not a man is brought back to life but a dog Sparky, very playful and energetic but unfortunately dies hit by a car while chasing a ball. His owner Victor attended at school at a science experiment that teacher made a dead frog to move his feet and he explained that has to do with electricity. So after going to the cemetery to dig up the dead dog takes the necessary tools from the house so he could perform these tests and with a few lightning miracle occurs, he managed to resurrect his beloved four-legged friend. But things are not so beautiful as soon as it seems to enjoy and move the tail or scratching an ear, they fall down. Victor says there's nothing, we can fix it. He kept it hidden in the attic of his parents, but the secret don't last a long time for being naughty Sparky manages to leave the house and is seen by a colleague of Victor, which makes a visit and threatens to tell all what he has done and if he do not teach him. With no escape is obliged to learn him so brings back to life a dead fish that he bought. But since they don't know more about this procedure, makes the fish invisible the first time and then it dies. Now Victor must face his parents because that the secret is out and the worst is that their peers know and tries to recreates what he did. And they will find out that their pets will turn into giant monsters that will put their lives in danger. It's an animated film with some scary sequences, others charged with dramatic and some emotional themes. Remains Frankenstein version for children but I would not recommend for kids under 14 years because I too was hard not to cry towards the end.
If you know the progression of the classic Frankenstein movies than you
can relate to the characters on display in this movie.Great
re-imagination of a well-known character in a very unique story.
Overall story is heart whelming, about a boy and his beloved dog, who
dies and boy tries and succeeds in bring him back to life.
The story seems simple but all the things happening in the movies is work of Tim Burton's vision. Some of the gags in the movies is re-imagined from the classic Frankenstein movie in Burton's own way. The black and white look of the movie goes well with the mood of the film perfectly.
May not be the greatest animation movies ever but still is a unique and imaginative movie.
Honestly, I'm surprised Tim Burton remade this classic. For those of
you who don't know, "Frankenweenie" was a short, black-and-white
live-action film Burton made back in 1984, which you can find now as a
special feature to his other classic "The Nightmare Before Christmas".
It, along with this remake, pays homage to the classic monster movies
back then like Frankenstein, Dracula, Wolfman, and even Japanese
monster flicks. It' s so nice to see that Tim Burton is keeping the
tradition of stop-motion alive with all the overused CGI running amok
in Hollywood. So, how does this film hold up. VERY WELL!
Plot: Young Victor Frankenstein is a reclusive boy with his only friend being his loyal dog Sparky. Sadly, a horrible accident occurs when the poor dog gets hit by a car. While naturally becoming depressed at first, Victor becomes inspired by an eccentric science teacher of his to bring Sparky back to life using lightning, to which he actually succeeds, though he fears what would happen if the ignorant and frightful adults of the town ever see his resurrected pet. But, that's not the least of his problems. When other students at his school find out about Victor's pet secret, they perform similar experiments of their own with monstrous results. It's up to Victor and Sparky to put an end to the madness.
Burton's vision lives on as his character designs remain as bizarre and exaggerated as ever, if not even more so than usual. The characters are, while sometimes creepy (in a good way), most of them are highly enjoyable. Interestingly, Burton keeps the film black-and-white to not only honor the original film he made, but to also keep paying tribute to the classic creature features. Voice acting is great and there are a lot of cute, funny moments, many of which involve Sparky the dog. The other creatures are a load of fun too as they terrorize the townsfolk in a delightful manner. What really drives the stake in this one is how the film makes you feel for Victor and Sparky, often to the point where I was really moved and felt myself emotionally invested. Even if you're not a fan of Tim Burton, you'll find this to be just as heart-warming to you as it is to me.
What else can I possibly say about this? This is definitely one of Tim Burton's best films. It has heart, comedy, dark atmosphere, great creature scenes, and a thrilling climax. If you're a fan of Burton's work, enjoy the old monster movies, or just want some family fun, then check this action out.
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