Tim Burton's 1984 short film Frankenweenie is resurrected for the big screen with this stop-motion 3D remake, which once again centers on a boy (Charlie Tahan) who reanimates his dead terrier and the suburban fallout that occurs because of it. Big Fish screenwriter John August provided the script for the Walt Disney production.~Jeremy Wheeler
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One of the best children's movies in recent memory for sure. The stop motion is charming and the decision to have it made in black and white was for the best. Tim Burton's signature style is latent throughout the entirety of the run time and with that comes odd character models and scary looking creatures that play off of the classic Frankenstein narrative. It touches on the death of a beloved pet and well that's a heavy subject to get across to kids, but it does it a way that should help young children understand what it is without frightening them (the scares come from the creatures). A real cute watch if looking for a more unorthodox movie to show the young ones.
This movie is cute. Although some people can't handle black and white stuff, I'm assuming because people are afraid of the dark or something. It's cute except for the fact the dog *Spoiler Alert* basically dies twice. Thanks a lot, kid. The dog already got hit by a car once and then you had to bring him back again to have him die again. But it turns out okay at the end. Yay!
I did not get to see Frankenweenie in theaters, so the bluray was my first time seeing the film. A great, touchy, morbid, but fun story told through the continued evolution of Tim Burton's style of stop animation, which has never looked better. I love the decision to keep the film black and white, just like the original live action short. This decision really adds to the overall look and feel of the film.
While not as great as say Nightmare Before Christmas, Frankenweenie is worth adding to your library. For those who love animation, particularly stop-animation, it's really cool to watch this after Nightmare Before Christmas, James and the Giant Peach, and Corpse Bride to see how far the art form has evolved.
In 1984, a young Tim Burton shot a 30 minute short that played homage to the classic FRANKENSTEIN films of the 1930s. 28 years later, Burton revisited that film in the form of a stop motion effort. With a voice cast boasting such luminaries as Martin Short, Catherine O'Hara, Martin Landau, Winona Ryder, Frank Welker, Conchata Ferrell, Tom Kenny and even Christopher Lee, this heart warming and sometimes heartbreaking film is a delight. As a bonus, the original short is included.