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:
Winona Ryder, Martin Landau
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature parental_guidance
Runtime 1 hour 27 minutes
Starring Winona Ryder, Martin Landau, Martin Short, Catherine O'Hara
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 Winona Ryder, Martin Landau, Martin Short, Catherine O'Hara
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 Winona Ryder, Martin Landau, Martin Short, Catherine O'Hara
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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19 of 20 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Mccaffrey on 25 Feb 2013
Format: DVD
Frankenweenie is a real oddity - who is it aimed at? Who will appreciate it?
Well I am in my late twenties and heres why I thoroughly enjoyed it:
Its stop motion- it looks gorgeous and its not another CGI movie.
I love Universal Monster films and this is filled with references and nods.
I love 50's B-Movie monster movies and the finale of Frankenweenie IS one.
I love black and white film, it just looks so crisp and clean.
I love Burton's earlier highly imaginative and original films.
If you agree with any of the above you very well may love this film.
A few things felt wrong with it though - apart from Victor and his family, the characters are mostly pretty unlikable or forgettable. And (although not a problem for me) this film is surprisingly dark and I honestly don't think its suitable for all kids and it may not hold their attention. Finally, I think a bit more focus or scenes could have been spent on Sparky himself. It is his film afterall.
In a world of Madagascar Part 29 and Ice Age Part 143, Frankenweenie is such a breath of fresh-air and for a select few, something to treasure.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jessica on 5 Mar 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Tim Burton at his best. It's very Edward Scissorhand-ish meet Frankenstein. If you love his films, you'll love this. The package is in excellent condition and the service from Amazon was satisfying.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 14 Jan 2013
Format: DVD
Frankenweenie is indeed delightful, although perhaps not entirely suitable for very young children. It's a cartoon, indeed, but it's an offbeat animation about a weird kid who reanimates his equally weird and much-loved but dead dog... And there is a strikingly graphic scene which brilliantly portrays the dog's demise. I flinched, and I imagine that it'd be a bit too much for some little ones.
For older kids and adults, however, Frankenweenie is a total treat. It refers back to many of the themes which Tim Burton first explored in Edward Scissorhands [1991] [DVD], about being the freaky, geeky and isolated kid; about making attempts to integrate; about the treachery of childhood friendships; about the nobility of sacrifice. And never mind all the serious stuff - Frankenweenie is jammed full of subtle chuckles, wry observations and some laugh-out-loud moments. The scenes where the dog stars in the home movies are priceless. The 'I can fix that' refrain when another experiment goes wildly awry are delightful, as are all the nods and tributes to cult horror films from days gone by. It's a geeky nerdfest wonderdream -- but none of that interferes with your enjoyment of the film if you don't understand the references.
And the final homage-to-Frankenstein kill-the-monster sequence is a stunner. Genuinely had me sniffling and cheering: one of those rare, heartfelt rollercoaster moments.

An easy film to recommend: full of entertaining humour, quirky and inventive, offbeat and unpredictable, yet with a solid moral core at its centre. It's also nice to see a film which bigs up the unconventional / weird people of the world...
8/10
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sam Tyler on 15 Aug 2013
Format: Blu-ray
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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