Frankenweenie Movie Reviews
User reviews on Frankenweenie
This is how animated movies should be made. Frankenweenie is honestly comparable to Pixar films, but animated in a very cool way (stop motion). This film is the creation of long time movie producer Tim Burton. His themes are all over this film including death, friendship, oddness and more. Frankenweenie is about a boy and his dog, who dies, and then gets reanimated in the same fashion that Frankenstein did. The movie is warm, funny, endearing, and has a great story. I would say my favorite part is definitely the animation. It looked like Coraline and other stop motion movies, just amazing. This is a movie for everyone and I would absolutely recommend it to my friends and family. Great film!
Tim Burton is at it again in this animated film about a boy and his dog. After his dog dies, the boy tries to put him back together (frankenstein style) so he can be happy with him again. I can easily say that this is my favorite Tim Burton movie in quite a few years. I’m also glad he didn’t decide to go the normal animation route and instead opted to use stop-motion, which I always enjoy. This light-hearted comedy also combines horror, suspense, and science fiction. It’s obvious that Burton did this project as a passion project. The characters in the film are great and deep and most of all believable. The story is also well done and the animation is quite cool. This is a movie for everyone from parents to kids.
If you're a fan of Tim Burton, you will definitely like this movie. Some people were complaining that the whole thing is in black and white, but when you see the movie you will see why this was the best way to tell the story. It's about a young boy named Victor whose dog dies. He learns in school how to revive dead frogs and he tries it on his dog...and it works! Before you know it, word gets out and the whole town is trying to bring their dead pets back to life. It's not as great as Corpse Bride or Nightmare Before Christmas, but it's still pretty darn spectacular, especially if you have a taste for the dark and foreboding as Burton likes to work with. I didn't care much for his last movie Dark Shadows, but he is back in form in this one and I think it should be a big hit, especially with other movies like Hotel Trannsylvania and ParaNorman doing so well at the box office. It's offbeat but sweet, and that's just right.
I completely and totally adored this movie, not only for the beautiful animation, but for the message about love and family that it gives to the audience. Yes, Tim Burton's movies are sometimes weird just for the sake of being weird, but they also have a lot of heart. In fact, I think his big overarching theme throughout his career is that even offbeat weirdos deserve to be loved and cherished like everyone else. My kids laughed a lot at the dog Sparky and were devastated when he "died" (don't worry, this is not a spoiler) but they especially burst into joyous peals of squealing laughter every time Victor's science teacher happened upon the scene. His voice is just PERFECTLY done and he can make any line a home run. A sweet story about how a boy will go to very far ends to make his family whole and appreciating your loved ones while you have them around.
Many who wander into the cinemas this weekend will think of Frankenweenie as an attempt by Tim Burton to duplicate the success of the Halloween-Christmas hybrid classic, The Nightmare Before Christmas. Nightmare, alas, has the added benefit of being not only much beloved by audiences, but by a generation of critics that has long hailed it as the crowning masterpiece of Burton’s offbeat cinematic repertoire. Frankenweenie tries, in earnest, and occasionally approximates the brilliance of Burton’s best attempts to marry entertainment with the darker recesses of the human mind, but the overall effect is somewhat muted and jarring.
The story centers on the relationship between a young Victor Frankenstein and his dog Sparky. Sparky is the beloved family pet despite his predilection to love and be loved by all who encounter him on a second by second basis. Sparky ends up getting hit by a car and dies, which understandably devastates Victor. But, since this is Burtonland, death is only the beginning of the journey.
Victor learns from his wacky science teacher Mr. Rzykruski that dead frogs can be reanimated by electric shocks to their system. So what’s a recently devastated dog owner and science-minded young boy to do? Yup, he digs up the corpse of his dead dog and jolts him back to life. Soon, all the kids in class are doing the same thing with their dead pets. It all culminates in a feeding frenzy of zombie-esque animals that makes you glad Tim Burton isn’t God.
The movie works better for teens and older kids than it does for adults. Unlike Nightmare, this movie paints adulthood as the last reservoir of desperation and an autocratic opposition to all things fantastic and imaginative. Adults never get “it”, and kids always do, except when they don’t. And when the man-child we’re really dealing with is Tim Burton, well, then we never know what to make of it.