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Frankenweenie Reviews

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Tim Burton back at his very best

Grant McAvaney, MovieFix
Some might say a fable about raising the dead could never be a delightful romp with a message of tolerance. Obviously Tim Burton didn't get the memo. The reigning master of the dark film arts has directed Hollywood's latest (kind of) family movie, Frankenweenie.

This striking animated film introduces us to familiar Burtonesque suburbia (a la Edwards Scissorhands) in the form of a small town, New Holland, where mob mentality rules and townsfolk prefer the comfort of the status quo to new schools of thought.

Alas, change waits for no small town. When the film's protagonist and outcast, Victor Frankenstein (Charlie Tahan), loses his beloved dog Sparky in a car accident on the same day he discovers his talent for baseball, Victor take his high school science lessons to a new level. In a confronting yet sentimental scene, Victor resurrects the scampish and loveable Sparky, although the pooch is slightly more prone to losing his tail ...

Before you can say "zombie axolotl", bringing deceased pets back to life is all the rage with young science aficionados in New Holland, but, of course, not without consequences, or without Victor needing to convince the small town to take on new ideas, much like Kevin Bacon in Footloose.

From a production perspective, Frankenweenie is a credit to anyone involved in its animation. The attention to detail in this black-and-white film is commendable, with some beautiful finishing touches that reflect the thousands of hours invested in the film by its animators. The minor characters – whether it be the clairvoyant pooing cat, emo poodle or Victor's freaky classmates – add an extra layer of humour, as do the homages to some classic horror film figures.

Despite the gothic elements and macabre adult themes, Frankenweenie is more light than dark and more humorous than droll, with Burton cleverly tempering cold colouring with a warm soundtrack. Having said that, parents be warned – the PG-rating is surprising, despite the overall whimsy.

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Just watched this movie with 12 of my sons friends for his 8th birthday,. GREAT movie however not for this age group!!! I had some scared little girls and one of them cried. Im partly to blame should have read the review first. It is however a very cleaver darkly humerous black and white animation about raising the dead, there are zombie like caracters and even touches of other movies like Godzilla. Its cooky, creepy and great!
Being a massive Tim Burton fan i may be a bit biassed but i really enjoyed 'Frankenweenie'. Personally i think this updated and extended version was unnecassary but still worth a watch. Took a while to get going and seemed to drag on but that may just be because i love and remember the original. Sadly it doesnt need to be in 3D. A great to take the kids to.

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