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Frankenweenie 2012

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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.

Starring:
Martin Short, Martin Landau
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature parental_guidance
Runtime 1 hour 27 minutes
Starring Martin Short, Martin Landau, Catherine O'Hara, Winona Ryder
Director Tim Burton
Genres Comedy, Horror, Science Fiction
Studio WALT DISNEY STUDIO HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 25 February 2013
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature parental_guidance
Runtime 1 hour 27 minutes
Starring Martin Short, Martin Landau, Catherine O'Hara, Winona Ryder
Director Tim Burton
Genres Comedy, Horror, Science Fiction
Studio WALT DISNEY STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 25 February 2013
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature parental_guidance
Runtime 1 hour 27 minutes
Starring Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short, Winona Ryder, Martin Landau
Director Tim Burton
Genres Comedy, Horror, Science Fiction
Studio WALT DISNEY STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 25 February 2013
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By G. Stephenson on 26 Oct. 2012
Format: DVD
FRANKENWEENIE is a black-and-white 3D stop-motion horror/comedy directed by Tim Burton (DARK SHADOWS, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, CORPSE BRIDE). What a fantastic, funny, imaginative film! I preferred this film to the recent PARANORMAN, and it was almost as good as the amazing CORALINE. Tim Burton's films have been getting worse and worse in terms of quality, in my opinion, but this is a huge improvement!

Young Victor Frankenstein has no friends except for his adorable pet dog, Sparky. When tragedy strikes and Sparky is killed, Victor feels more alone than ever. Until one day, when he performs a dangerous and controversial experiment, which brings Sparky back to life. Soon, however, his class mates discover what he has done and attempt to bring back all the dead pets of the town. Can Victor and Sparky stop the onslaught of deformed, monstroys pets, or will the town be plunged into total chaos?

The storyline was incredibly original and inventive, and featured some very powerful moments. I felt that the black-and-white really enhanced the storyline and made the film all the more enjoyable. The ending was scary, action-packed and emotional, and I thought the dialogue was very realistic.

The characters were fleshed-out, creative, whacky and thoroughly interesting. When the dog dies, you really feel sorry for Victor and there are one or two scenes that really make you care about pretty much every character, even the cruel ones. Weird Girl was hilarious!

The animation was a lot smoother than many of the other stop-motion flicks I've seen. I loved PARANORMAN so much but some of the animation was a bit dodgy. FRANKENWEENIE was far more impressive animation-wise. I think the 3D really wasn't needed at all, but it didn't take away from the films brilliance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 31 May 2015
Format: DVD
This is a highly inventive and original, black and white stop-motion movie from director Tim Burton. Victor is a young boy, aged maybe 11, with a very strong interest in science, and lots of love for his pet dog Sparky, who looks a bit like an all white Bull Terrier. A schoolgirl has a cat named Mr Whiskers, which looks like a white Persian kitty and can foresee future events in his dreams. Mr Whiskers dreams that something unfortunate is going to happen in Victor's life and, sure enough, Victor's beloved dog dies in a car accident later that day.
The crestfallen boy determines to bring his sorely missed pet back to life, using electricity generated by a thunderbolt, and miraculously the fallen canine rises like a Phoenix from the ashes, albeit with a lot of strategically placed sutures.
Unfortunately, all doesn't go according to plan with the re-incarnated pooch, who's post-mortem personality has changed a little for the worse, with the cute Mr Whiskers the first to find out...
This is a truly magnificent stop-motion fantasy, which both my 12 year old daughter and I loved. It's undoubtedly a slightly dark tale, but no more or less scary than an old black and white Frankenstein flick starring Boris Karloff, and some youngsters under age 9 might be a little perturbed by the story of a dead animal's second life after death. In any event, the characters and their voices are perfectly judged, the stop-motion artwork is beautifully crafted, the black humour is deliciously wicked, and overall, this is a masterful family movie, with the essential ingredient of originality administered in large doses. Unreservedly recommended, especially if you have a soft spot for slightly creepy and spooky tales, which my daughter and I do.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr Baz TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 17 Oct. 2014
Format: DVD
This stop motion animation has all the visual style that you expect from a Tim Burton film, shot entirely in black and white which after a while seems to work pretty well (during the early scenes you do wonder if he'll switch to colour)

The story is basically a re-working of the classic Frankenstein story with the main character now being a dog rather than a man, this is quite tame regarding onscreen images (there is no gore as such and quite suitable for children to watch) We are introduced to Victor Frankenstein (Charlie Tahan) who has a strong interest in science at school and adores his dog Sparky, but whilst out playing a baseball game the dog sadly dies when chasing the ball, Victor who is struck with grief but determined to bring Sparky back to life to be with him again. As expected you get the bolts in the neck procedure with some rather large stitching on the limbs...and a swift dose of lighting to re-animate the deceased dog.

There is a bit of variation from the Mary Shelley original (here we have science competition rivals who also bring back other animals from the dead which causes problems in the town later on in the film) but quite a few passing nods too in many parts. Animation is very good and the b&w feel works well for this film. There are some solid cast members including Winona Ryder, Catherine O'Hara, Martin Landau, Martin Short all of whom do the voice acting very well really no complaints on this front.
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