|Formats:||PG DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Winona Ryder, Martin Landau, Martin Short, Catherine O'Hara|
|Genres:||Animated, Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy|
|Studio:||WALT DISNEY STUDIO HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Collections:||February - Comedy|
|Run time:||1 hour 27 minutes|
|Rental release:||25 Feb 2013|
|Main languages:||English, English Audio Description|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
Frankenweenie is a delightful movie, funny and macabre, heartfelt and throwaway.
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It's a graveyard smashBy blackpolekev (248 reviews) from blackpole , 09 Nov 2012
[Highly rated reviewer]This is a welcome return to form for Tim Burton after the awful Dark Shadows. It's a full length remake of Burton's 1984 short film which was shown in cinemas along with Baby Secret Of The Lost Legend way back in 1985.
This time it's in 3D, which works well in black and white as it doesn't seem as dark as colour 3D films. Here Victor Frankenstein is a young boy whose beloved pet dog Sparky is accidentally killed. It's interesting to note that the accident occurs as a result of Victor having been persuaded, against his will, to play baseball (he's not the sporty type); it just makes me wonder if Burton hated sports when he was in school. Consumed with grief, Victor gets an idea from his school science teacher and brings Sparky back to life with lightning, just like the Frankenstein monster. Sparky even has the same bolts in his neck as electrodes.
This is more serious and darker in tone than typical animated films but if you've seen Corpse Bride or The Nightmare Before Christmas you'll know what to expect. This is far better than the recent Paranorman and Hotel Transylvania which were both so disappointing.
Format: Cinema - Digital 3D
Audio: Dolby Digital
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Very enjoyableBy dads-cinema (5 reviews) , 08 Mar 2013A typical Tim Burton story - the black and white aspect made it even more interesting. I loved the use of original Frankenstein elements which made the movie even more enjoyable. Is this the best Tim Burton film? Probably not, but it definitely worth watching with the family. Suitable for all ages too. I would recommend it!
Quality dark animationBy BenLaw (32 reviews) , 06 Mar 2013I've found myself catching up on a lot of animation from the last few years and this is one of the best. If you don't like Tim Burton you may struggle, but if you are a fan, and in particular of Edward Scissorhands and Corpse Bride, then this is sure to be a hit. The animation itself is fantastic. It's very dark but whoever's done it has clearly loved every minute, there's a lot of quirky stuff going on and humour in every facial expression. The dog, especially, is tremendous, and the character that you are most involved with. It's clear that Burton feels particularly close to this subject matter and that the boy making movies, being disapproved of by his family and thought of as odd by his classmates is more than a little autobiographical. As a result, there seems to be a lot of heart and warmth in the story. It is also genuinely scary; my girlfriend was genuinely upset at a few points, particularly the fate of the dog. And this is a film clearly made by a long-standing fan of the horror genre with references dating back to the original Frankenstein and Godzilla. The humour is broad, though, with a play on 'hello kittie' also. This film won't be for the very young, as it is so dark and quite scary. However, it is a film that treats its audience with respect and has elements for old and young. Children will no doubt empathise with the child characters and there are some simple elements of humour, such as a fat kid trying to flow off a roof as part of a science experiment!
doggie day care.By jaybirdy (6 reviews) , 05 Mar 2013great film whole family enjoyed,might not go down well with some people as its done in black and white but has good story.
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Let Sleeping Dogs LieBy Chinry (13 reviews) , 04 Mar 2013
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideThis film would have been better if it had no original to compare it to. The original short by Tim Burton had all the story and heart this tale needed. Though it keeps to the original theme, the 'padding' to drag this out in to a full length film is then too short lived. There are too many characters who remain virtually unexplored with even Victor himself a tad wishy-washy. The monsters that are brought to life are destroyed all too quickly and feel wasted, and the angry townsfolk remain all but background to progress the story along. The animation and choice to use black and white is still charming, but I can see how parents found their children becoming bored. If this film was aimed at anyone, it would probably be teens who love Burton now and the 20-30 somethings that did when THEY were teens (and some who still do). The music doesn't stick in the mind too well but it was nice to see little dedications to the era of Hammer Horror buried in scenery. For Burton fans this is worth a watch to see him marry his stop motion style with his original story telling. For parents who wish to keep their children entertained with animated monster/horror films, there are others out there.
Great SchoolBy a customer , 04 Mar 2013Truly excellent. Our kids attention span was never in doubt from the go. Macabre, funny and boy, I wish my school had some of those kids.