Frankenweenie

Frankenweenie

DVD - 2013
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lukasevansherman
Nov 12, 2019

Tim Burton used to be one of my favorite directors, but he's been in a rut since, oh I don't know, his flat "Planet of the Apes" remake? Everything he seems to do is a remake/reboot/adaptation. "Frankenweenie" is actually a feature length version of his 1984 short; it is no small irony that he was fired from Disney after making this and now back in the Disney fold. That said, "Frankenweenie," if totally familiar, is visually striking (something he's always excelled at), using the same stop-motion technique as "Nightmare Before Christmas" and "Corpse Bride," and has a lot of nice homages to old monster movies. Voices by Winona Ryder, Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short, and Martin Landau. Might be a little too intense/spooky for kids under 6.

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animisy
Dec 02, 2018

My 2 year old was concerned with the death of the dog, but my 6 year old loved the entire film and watched it multiple times. This may not be a good choice for all kids, but it is a great choice for some of them.

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Derringer
Dec 01, 2018

Favourite movie-quote - "Arf! Arf! Arf!...."

Frankenweenie is an "electrifying" tale of a boy and his dog. It tells the gruesome, little story of young Victor Frankenstein who conducts a daring and amazing scientific experiment in hopes of bringing his beloved dog, Sparky, back to life.

With the successful re-animation of Sparky, Victor soon finds that he (as well as many others) must now face some unforeseen and monstrous consequences.

All-in-all - Frankenweenie certainly had its fair share of flaws, but, alll the same, I really hadn't expected to enjoy this film as much as I did.

Appropriately filmed in b&w - Thank goodness that this picture didn't contain any musical numbers.

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catherinejoy
Apr 06, 2018

When my 7-year old grandson chose this movie to borrow, I wasn’t too sure about it, but was pleasantly surprised. Cute and heart warming story about the love between a boy and his dog. And about being true to yourself, even if you’re a bit different.

It has Tim Burton's signature macabre, and there are many nods to classic horror films besides the obvious Frankenstein. Most surprising of all are the genuine heartfelt moments and love you feel between a boy and his dog. I liked this better than I expected.

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Gingerhorse
Apr 22, 2017

I love this movie so much. If you've ever lost a dog you loved, you will relate to the relationship of the boy and the dog in this movie. It has so much heart and the stop motion animation of the dog is perfect. One of my top ten favorite movies of all time.

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TwilightBlue
Oct 25, 2016

Cute and creepy. Not for all tastes though.

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dylankemp
Oct 16, 2016

Not for the very small, or those kids who get freaked out easy. It is, after all, a horror movie for kids. That said, its pretty mild, kinda gorgeous, interesting, and lots of fun.

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NicLaBor
Jan 04, 2015

It's not just Frankenstein. I love the countless references to classic monster/horror movies. Also in my opinion Frankenweenie looks fantastic. On the other hand, the first half of the story feels fairly drawn-out with not enough depth to keep the adult watcher entertained. And I'm really annoyed by the blunt gender-stereotyping.

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Nursebob
Dec 05, 2014

This is Tim Burton at his finest doing what he does best: clever works of gothic animation replete with quirky characters and a dark fairy tale aesthetic. The B&W photography and pasty white puppets perfectly capture the look and feel of all those Saturday afternoon monster movies. Look closely and you will see brilliant nods to the likes of Frankenstein and company, the Wolfman, Count Dracula, and the Mummy while a few townsfolk bear uncanny resemblances to Boris Karloff and Vincent Price. Plus, as a hilarious update, there is a clever take on one of Toho Studios more loveable creations complete with screaming Japanese victim. It’s all good gruesome fun, definitely not for the littlest family members, which will leave older kids amused while the rest of us howl at the literary allusions and Hollywood in-jokes.

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movie20
Nov 10, 2014

Very good movie. Wish it was in color.

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Matisse
Oct 31, 2014

Fantastic homage to classic horror movies. Great fun! One of Tim Burton's best.

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s21168036871911
Apr 10, 2014

Loved the graphics of this movie, the story line and plot were not bad either.

DFulks Nov 05, 2013

I have been a fan of Tim Burton movies my whole life. This was a fantastic movie!!! I cried a few times. Mostly because I was thinking of how I would feel if I had to watch my doggy die. It's a great concept that "if done with love" the experiment won't go awry. If you don't like Tim Burton and the "dark" way he does his movies you will not like this. If you are a Burton fan, you will. Point blank. As always, Danny Elfman did a fantastic job on the soundtrack.

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britprincess1
Oct 28, 2013

A lacklustre effort from Burton. If he put half the effort he put into BEETLEJUICE, THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, or my personal favourite, EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, this film would be creative and interesting. Unfortunately, it falls flat, becoming a tedious chore in how obvious and hamfisted a film about reanimation can be. I don't recommend it.

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3reading4stem2011
Oct 22, 2013

I used my Dvd player to go through the scenes(of this story) and came to the opinion that this is more for Children whom are not scared of Frankenstein. I do not believe in Frankenstein as it is a Halloween theme. I do not celebrate Halloween. This is for people whom celebrate Halloween.

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lillysears
Oct 11, 2013

well it was a heartbreaking movie, when the dog died. you should watch this movie because it is a great movie. i watched it 4 times. my little sister who is 5 liked it too.

debra_759 Oct 02, 2013

Awful. I fell asleep on this movie so many times, finally I just gave up. I normally like animations such as this, but it was too slow, dry and in B&W... really?! I wish it was more enjoyable and less painful to watch. Recommended viewing only if you need a good nap.

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Monolith
Aug 24, 2013

I loved it. Incredible stop-motion craftsmanship, centered on a charming, satirical story, of a young, future mad scientist, and his reanimated pooch. I was transfixed and completely entertained. Martin Landau's character, reminiscent of Vincent Price; Sparky's poodle girlfriend (bride of Frankenweenie); everything. I can't understand the negative comments. Oh well, whatever -- to each his or her own. Tim Burton's twisted vision is just plain amazing.

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rslade
Jul 30, 2013

Fairly obvious idea. Maube someone should have brought it to life ...

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ManMachine
Jun 14, 2013

With its cute, yet, decidedly creepy-looking characters, and all, I thought that Frankenweenie was a pretty darn good "Mad Scientist" story that's sure to be a hit with audiences of all ages._____ Containing some very nice touches of warped humor, grotesque horror, and several arousing moments of pathos (cleverly injected into its weird, but oddly wonderful, little tale), Frankenweenie has proved, once again, that director Tim Burton still has a master's touch when it comes to making stop-motion, animated films that seem to emerge from the very depths of the dark-side._____ If nothing else, this film certainly turned out to be a lovingly-charged homage to a variety of classic horror, monster and Sci-Fi pictures from those glorious days of yesteryear._____ Appropriately filmed in b&w, thank goodness that this movie didn't contain any musical numbers.

hania4987 Jun 06, 2013

another incredible movie from Tim Burton ... an homage to the classic black & white horror movies mixed with sci-fi movies

amazing work with puppets and specialty photography

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dearreader1
May 18, 2013

Some somewhat ghoulish scenes and some pretty scary scenes. Explores love, loss and loyalty.

mamiuno May 01, 2013

well ima giv it a luk 4 ma self..........so now ill b da judge,but if itz lik da gud werk he did on the nightmare before christmas and corpse bride,i think it might b a gud flim over all.but let m take a luk 1st..................ok guyz........

theorbys Apr 29, 2013

I certainly enjoyed the film. Burton usually knows how to create an atmosphere that I enjoy in and of itself. And Danny Elfman did a great job enhancing this film with his music. The film does drag a little here and there, but it has strong characters, a powerful mood, and a good, long, and exciting climax. Along the way it pays a nice tribute to the great Universal films of the 30s and some others, such as Gremlins, and Burton's own GREAT early short: Vincent. If you like films like this, you should be glad we have one more, even if it is not as good as Nitemare B4 Xma, it's quite good.


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