Tim Burton’s 3D, monochrome stop-motion animated film about young Victor who conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended and monstrous consequences.... More
After Sparky's untimely death, Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best pal back to life - with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor’s friends (including Elsa, voiced by Winona Ryder), enemies, parents (voiced by Catherine O'Hara and Martin Short) and the entire town all learn that getting a new 'leash on life' can be disastrous.
Over 200 puppets were created for the movie which began life as Burton's 1984 short film, a comedy homage to Frankenstein.Hide
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BY Aaron Yap Flicks Writer
I can’t remember the last time Disney made a film as deranged and intensely morbid as Frankenweenie. With its cast of pale, saucer-eyed, zombie-like characters, macabre corpse-resurrecting, grave-robbing shenanigans and gloomy monochrome palette, Tim Burton’s return to stop-motion animation is fairly nightmarish stuff for what’s essentially “family entertainment” (the irony, of course, is that back in 1984 when Burton submitted his original Frankenweenie short for Disney, he was fired). A homage to James Whale’s 1931 classic Frankenstein, this is his spryest, most consistently enjoyable - and refreshingly Johnny Depp-less - film in years, especially after the leaden miscalculations of Alice in Wonderland and Dark Shadows.... More
It plays like textbook, back-to-basics Burton though, so Frankenweenie isn't exactly awe-inspiring in the way it might have been had it had seen the light of day in the ‘80s. Rather than break any new ground, John August’s script is a time-tested boy-and-his-dog tale, borrowing and referencing - Edward Gorey, Vincent Price (see Martin Landau’s science teacher Mr. Rzykruski), Gamera, other Burton movies - as it revisits those old themes (playing God, mob mentality) from Mary Shelley’s novel. But for dog-lovin’ celluloid nostalgists, Frankenweenie’s predictability and lack of ambition can probably be forgiven. Sparky’s an adorable creation, and if you can see past the film’s string of horror nods, Burton has made a highly affectionate bit of ghoulishness that remembers the warm, lustrous magic of black-and-white images flickering across the big screen.Hide