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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
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
Studio WALT DISNEY STUDIOS 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
Studio WALT DISNEY STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 25 February 2013
Main languages English

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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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By Mr Baz #1 REVIEWER#1 HALL OF FAME 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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Sometime in the 80s of the last century, the quirky visionary Tim Burton made a short, "Frankenweenie." This was not widely available, if not even banned by Disney. And finally, the full-legth 3D stop-motion "Frankenweenie" hit the big screens of the world in 2012, and I was excited to finally watch it at home, a few days ago.

The new "Frankenweenie" (delightful and wonderful stop-motion, if you loved Coraline (Blu-ray 3D) [2009] [Region Free] and ParaNorman (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UV Copy) [2012], you will love this!) is one of Burton's best works, and it has pretty simple and humane plot - a young boy's adored dog (a pit-bull!) dies. What has one to do, instead of mourning?

Victor, who is an introverted loner, but also quite an ingenious and brave kid, encouraged by his science teacher (An Eastern European, but of course!), decides to dig the pet up, hit him with a lot of electricity and, perhaps, succeed in bringing his Sparky back to life. Is he lucky in his enterprise, you wonder? Oh yeah, but the experiment carries quite a few... what to call it... side effects. Naturally, these things never quite work out the way we expect. And this time Burton really raises the ante with a monster rally of a plot that adds several additional fiends and layers of movie memories.
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