Young Victor Frankenstein (Charlie Tahan) is a science nerd and outsider at school, but he does have one good friend: his dog, Sparky. But then, tragedy strikes, and Sparky shuffles off this mortal coil. Victor is heartbroken, but his science teacher (Martin Landau) gives him an idea of how to jolt old Sparky back to life. The experiment is successful, and all goes well, until Victor's fellow students steal his secret and use it to resurrect other dead animals -- with monstrous consequences.
Director: Tim Burton
Producer: Tim Burton, Don Hahn, Allison Abbate
Cast: Conchata Ferrell, Tom Kenny, Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short, Winona Ryder, Martin Landau, James Liao, Atticus Shaffer, Charlie Tahan, Robert Capron
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This film was an excellent addition to family-friendly Halloween movies. Director Tim Burton included thematic elements seen in some of his other classic films, including the all-too-perfect society, seen in Edward Scissorhands and Big Fish, and the creepy-but-not scary environment seen in The Nightmare Before Christmas. It is nicely paced and Burton pays an impressive amount of attention to detail with his character development and animation.October 5th, 2012 · Details1 Thank ·
For some, the movies of Tim Burton are an acquired taste, but Frankenweenie, based on Tim Burton‚Äôs first short film, ranks among his best. Presented in black and white to mirror the classic 1930s monster movies, Frankenweenie is layered with visual treats that pay homage to those early monsters, as well as to Burton himself, with references to Batman, Edward Scissorhands, and Mars Attacks, among others. Inventive, well-paced, and witty, Frankenweenie should appeal to a wide spectrum of mature viewers... See Full ReviewAugust 12th, 2013 · Details
This movie follows every Tim Burton cliche in the book. Funky and quirky character design? Check. Misunderstanding suburbia that "Just doesn't get it?" Check. Ohhhing and ahhing score written by Danny Elfman? You got it. With the gory imagery, expanded story, (this film is based off a 1984 live action short by the same name.) It displays all the falls of a Tim Burton film in full disclosure. It just comes across as boring and done before. The story is tired and overly gory. The reference to Japenese Kaiju (Godzilla films and the like) was just plain....stereotypical. The final fight isn't exciting, and the score is just tired. Danny Elfman produces something that needs more life. There are some decent nods to Boris Karloff with one character. But Hotel Translyvania did it better and more subtlely. My advice is skip this movie and just watch Hotel Translyvania instead. Or seek out the interesting 1984 Live action film.May 31st, 2013 · Details
As with most films that came out of the Brain of Tim Burton this one definitely has all the weirdness and oddities that mark Tim Burton films. The Kid characters feel like they could have been taken right out of the Nightmare before Christmas. They all have odd quirks and look like walking corpses. The plot is just as odd and impossible. A smart kid brings his dog back to life after lying in the ground for 2 days. Once his secret gets out his classmates create monster reincarnations of their own. chaos ensues and the monsters are vanquished at last. The whole idea that shoving a little electricity and some human tears into a dead corpse will bring back dead animals from death is galling. Like The Nightmare before Christmas you have to keep in mind that this is a world of Tim Burton's creation. A world in which anything is possible, a fantasy.
The animation is superb and the music isn't bad either. Putting aside the whole kid-playing-God message, there is a pretty strong message of family and love. For that this is worth seeing atleast once.
This is definitely a PG movie for animal violence, some disturbing imagery, and a particularly disturbing female character predicting the future through her cat's feces.n Surely there must have been a less disgusting way to present predictions of the future. Thats Tim for you.April 20th, 2013 · Details
"Frankenweenie" feels like a lazy retread of a lot of increasingly tired elements from Burton's wheelhouse. Nowhere near as charming, fun, quirky or memorable as the filmmaker's other animated features, particularly the Henry Selick-directed "Nightmare Before Christmas." Also, some of the imagery might be a little too gruesome for younger viewers.April 9th, 2013 · Details
awesome movie!March 17th, 2013 · Details
Lots of laughs. Kids loved it.January 27th, 2013 · Details
Frankenweenie is a good family movie. Kids will likely love Sparky, the dog brought back from the grave, and there are only a couple of mild scares. I love stop-motion animation, and this movie is fun to watch with all of the detail you can see in it. I did wonder why there was a need to remake the old Frankenweenie short, but the new characters and plot additions are a plus. I especially thought Edgar E Gore (Atticus Shaffer) was a riot. This movie is a good addition to the halloween holiday canon.October 6th, 2012 · Details
This is an excellent film that is the result of months and months of work by Disney and Tim Burton. A couple decades ago Tim Burton made a short film by the same name with the desire to make it into a full length film, a task he has finally completed. The film is beautifully crafted in stop-motion 3D animation. The film very much so has a Tim Burton feel to it, as it should. The town of New Holland even has some resemblances to the town where Edward Scissorhands lived. Frankenweenie has heart and some pretty good laughs. What is also laudable is the fact that several of the voice cast involved provide voices for multiple characters. This was an excellent film that both children and parents will enjoy, especially during the weeks leading up to Halloween. Fans of classic horror films and characters will find references to many characters aside from the obvious Frankenstein references. The film does contain some tense and scary moments mentioned in the rating description that could be a bit frightening to even younger kids. Overall a great film that will be cherished for years to come!October 4th, 2012 · Details