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:
Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D

Product Details

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 STUDIO 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
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

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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sam Tyler on 15 Aug. 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
There are few directors who can be called auteurs in modern Hollywood - these are the men and women who have a distinctive style that permeates their work across genres. Love him, hate him, or plain indifferent him, Tim Burton is one such director. I find that his work is very hit and miss, especially in recent years, but his animations have always been fun, especially `The Nightmare Before Christmas'. `Frankenweenie' is an idea Burton first tackled when working for Disney in the form of a short film. Sparky is a dog that dies then brought back to life by schoolboy Victor Frankenstein. In this longer animation the story is stretched further and the some of the town begin to learn the skills of Young Victor.

As a piece of stop motion animation `Frankenweenie' looks magnificent. The art direction and use of black and white means that has some incredible visuals. Fans of classic horror tales will also have a lot to look forward to with plenty of Easter Eggs to find as Burton plays with the genre. I enjoyed some of the characters that were on offer; Victor's various school friends are all mini versions of classic horror actor/characters. It is a shame then that some of the voice acting is a little flat. Charlie Tahan as Victor is a prime example; his all American tone is too flat and lacks emotion.

I also feel that the story was bland. I was never a big fan of the original short version of `Frankenweenie' and this extension has done little to fix the flaws. It is all a little linear and any new elements are too basic. The film is trapped between being for adults or for kids. The story is slow, full of interesting things to look at - this will interest the adults, but they will get tired of some of the later action sequences.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Feb. 2013
Format: DVD
If it wasn't for my little sister this film would have just probably passed me by, but I am so glad that I have seen and got this dvd. Set in the American Sixties small town of New Holland this is ideal for family viewing. There is enough excitement, comedy and thrills to keep everyone entertained in a film which is really a homage to the horror movie genre. As an adult whilst following the story along with your children you will also find yourself identifying all the in jokes to well known horror films, which to give you some idea include obviously Frankenstein, also The Fly, Godzilla and even The Gremlins, as well as many more.

Filmed in black and white the animation is perfect, and so much detail has gone into the sets and characters that this will leave you stunned. When the school science fair is coming up unluckily Sparky, Victor Frankenstein's dog dies. Inspired by what the new science teacher (who looks like Vincent Price) is teaching Victor decides to bring his dog back to life. Unfortunately Victor's secret doesn't stay hidden for long, inspiring the other kids to experiment.

This is a good old romp that everyone, young and old should find themselves enjoying. There are subtitles on this if you require that option, and a couple of featurettes, one is a music video, and the other is about the touring exhibition. All in all this is one film that is well worth watching.
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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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