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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Frankenweenie: Quick Movie Review




Frankenweenie.


Cast: Martin Short, Winona Ryder

Writer: John Augest.

Director: Tim Burton


** and a 1/2*'s out of Four.





Tim Burton's full length adaptation of his first live-action short has many great things about it and is a welcome return from the usual schlock he has made in the past few years.  Filmed in glorious Black and White, "Frankenweenie" is a love affair to classic studio monster movies just like "Ed Wood" was a love letter to B movie productions.


The story line is just like the short.  Victor (Charlie Tahran)'s dog Sparky gets run over by a car and he decides to reanimate him using electricity.  When one of his classmates discovers his secret, it sets loose a bunch of  dead animals rising from the grave with different, but funny, results.

Being a movie buff, I was excited to see this and loved all the classic film elements.  I almost wished that both the opening and end credits were made to look like it came from that era, but instead it looks like it could be from any movie.  I do very much admire that the film isn't afraid to give some really good scare moments and, for a Disney flick, that is a real treat.  I just hope we'll see some good live-action fright flicks from the studio again.  The only thing I didn't like was the addition to some of the story line from the original.  Adding the other animals took me out of the story, when the focus should have been on the dog.

When I saw that Winona Ryder was cast in this, I assumed she would be one of the adults, yet she gets cast as one of the kids.  I swear that woman barely ages.  The other voice that stood out is Atticus Shaffer as Edward  'E' Gore.  If they ever did an animated Casablanca movie, he would be perfect as the Peter Lorre character.






(I love this trailer. I wish this was the one used to promote it in theatres)




I'm glad that there are more movies for kids to watch during Halloween and I hope this one will spark an interest to see more classic films from the past.



24 comments:

  1. Frankenweenie, huh...? You know, I saw a comment on another site that said "ParaNorman managed to out-Burton Tim Burton" -- essentially, that ParaNorman > Frankenweenie. Agree or disagree? Is there a wide gap between the two?

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    1. Both are complete different. ParaNorman plays homage to 80's style horror, and Frankeweenie pays homage to 30's horror. Both have their different strengths and weaknesses. Thanks for the comment Voltech

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  2. Good review Vern. Definitely did not pull on my heartstrings as much as I imagined it would have, but I still enjoyed everything on-screen from start to finish thanks to Burton's obvious love for the material and what he's showing. It's been awhile since we've seen Tim like this, and let's hope he keeps it going.

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    1. I agree with you on the whole heart string pulling. I thought the original had more heart than this, but it was still cool to see. Thanks for the comment Dan O

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  3. I can't wait to see this one, word is it's really good and I was hoping this movie will break Burton's terrible record of the last few years.

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    1. Burton goes back to his roots with this, and I'm glad he did. Let's hope his next effort is just as good. Thanks Sati for commenting

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  4. At first I was thinking about which one to go to, this or Hotel Transylvania... but then realised, its no competition! Burton might be off-form now, but I just have to see this. Also I agree about Winona not ageing.

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    1. Thank you very much. I still will see Hotel Translyvania to see what it is that got it the number one spot

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