Frankenweenie

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(out of 5)


Tim Burton expands his inaugural short film into a delightful, charcoal-hued animated feature. A creative little boy with a desire to excel in science is something of a nuisance to his parents, who have grown tired of their kitchen appliances being destroyed in his experiments. Inspired by a new substitute teacher () to go beyond the norm, Victor attempts to reanimate dead tissue in his attic laboratory and finds the perfect subject when his beloved dog Sparky is killed in an accident. The pup is resurrected and comes back complete with baseball stitching and morbid hue, but trouble ensues when the success of the project leaks to Victor’s fellow students and science fair competitors, who try it on their own dead pets and end up creating a town full of giant monsters. It’s wonderfully fun, with the monochrome animation enhancing its beauty, though its plot is also marred by Burton’s familiar habit of throwing too much in at the eleventh hour. It does not overstay its welcome, however, and while the characters don’t enter your heart, they do manage to keep your attention. Features warm, quirky voice work from the entire cast, including ,  and .


Walt Disney Pictures, Tim Burton Productions

USA, 2012

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on an earlier screenplay by , from an idea by Tim Burton

Cinematography by

Produced by , Tim Burton

Music by

Production Design by

Film Editing by ,

Academy Awards 2012

Golden Globe Awards 2012

New York Film Critics Awards 2012

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