Suspicions were in no short supply when it was announced that director Tim Burton was updating his wonderful short film, Frankenweenie
, to feature length. But the news got more interesting: he was utilising stop motion animation, producing the film in black and white, and the end result would have plenty of nods to classic monster movies. The most impressive thing of all though is that Tim Burton pulled it off: Frankenweenie
is one of the boldest and most ambitious animated movies of recent times.
Unwilling to talk down to its audience, Frankenweenie is also willing to address issues that other films of its ilk don't get near. Burton's film touches on death and loss in a really accessible way, channelled through the story of a boy who brings his dog back to life. Glorious and detailed to look at, it's an engrossing, warm tale, with memorable characters and a superb score from Danny Elfman.
Frankenweenie isn't a film for the very young, but its appeal is nonetheless broad, especially for those looking for something just a little deeper in their animated movies. As a double bill with Henry Selick's wonderful Coraline movie, it's pretty much perfect. --Jon Foster
From Disney and creative genius Tim Burton (Alice in Wonderland, The Nightmare Before Christmas) comes the hilarious and offbeat Frankenweenie, a heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor hanesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life - with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor's fellow students, teachers and the entire town learn that getting a new "leash on life" can be monstrous. Complete with electrifying bonus features, Frankenweenie is alive with enchanting fun for the whole family.Bonus Features:
Frankenweenie Touring Exhibit/ Plain White T's "Pet Semartary" Music Video