Verdict: 4 / 5
Tim Burton has brought many great movies to the big screen since the 1980s. His latest work, Frankenweenie is a tale of a young boy, Victor, who has lost his dog, Sparky, and seeks to return him to life.
The movie was inspired by Burton’s 1984 short film of the same name. After inventing a machine to bring his dog back to life, things take a turn for the worse when Victor’s classmates stumble upon his creation to bring their lost animals back from the dead. Although the plot is a simple one, the manner in which the story is told is what makes this movie worth watching.
We’ve all seen 3D movies, black and white movies, and stop-motion animated movies. Frankenweenie, however, is a stop-motion animation, filmed in black and white, and 3D. I can’t imagine anyone other than Tim Burton bringing a movie such as this to life. Each of the characters from the film are created based on movies from the past, with imaging reminiscent of Corpse Bride and The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Frankenweenie is a movie filled with hidden trivia and goofs that will amuse both movie buffs and the average movie goer. It includes references from movies such as The Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissor Hands, Frankenstein, Dracula, Pet Cemetery, Hello Kitty, The Mummy (1934), Bambi, Gremlins and even Godzilla.
The movie is dark and funny with a few scares thrown in for good measure. Although most of the humour and script will be lost on kids, it’s still good watch for all ages.