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Frankenweenie
Reviewed by Andrew Bistak on October 22nd, 2012
Disney
presents a film directed by Tim Burton
Screenplay by John August
Starring:
Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau, Winona Ryder and Charlie Tahan
Running Time: 87 minutes
Rating: PG
Released: October 25th 2012


8/10

 


Tim Burton is back! After a string of rather average movies, it seems that this quirky director has found his groove again and Frankenweenie is one of the most bizarre and fun films of the year. Although this is not the first time Frankenweenie has seen the light of day, Burton helped bring this story to life in 1984 which was a live action incarnation of the story of Victor Frankenstein who used science to bring his dog back from the dead. Unlike the original film, this film has a considerable bigger budget and uses stop-motion animation to bring this comedy-horror to life. Who would have thought that a story about a boy and his dog could be so emotional?

The star of Frankenweenie is Victor Frankenstein (Carlie Tahan), a young boy who happens to love science and movie making. However his dog and best friend in the world, Sparky, comes first and when he is accidentally killed by a car while chasing a ball, Victor is left heart broken.

With his life crushed by this incident, his favourite teacher, Mr. Rzykruski (Martin Landau) inspires him to use science to bring back his best friend. As he sneaks past his parents (Catherine O'Hara & Martin Short) on the even of a huge storm in the city of New Holland, he does the unthinkable and digs up his dog. Upon returning home, he creates the ultimate science experiment and just like the original Frankenstein, Sparky is brought to life thanks to the power of lighting.

In order to keep his dog safe, he hides Sparky from his parents, however one of his school colleagues, the hunchback Edgar Gore (Atticus Shaffer) discovers Victor's secret and blackmails him into revealing the mysteries of life and death. However our sneaky hunchback cannot keep the secret to himself which leads his other classmates in discovering this power.

As a result, the Weird Girl (Catherine O'Hara) of the school merges her cat Mr. Whiskers with a dead bat to become a Vampire batcat, Nassor brings back his mummified hamster Colossus, Edgar resurrects a dead rat that in turn becomes a Were-rat, Bob amplifies the size of Sea Monkeys which becomes these Gremlin-like creatures and Toshiaki's turtle Shelley turns into a giant Godzilla-like turtle.

With chaos is unleashed in the small town of New Holland thanks to these students, it is up to Victor and his knowledge of science to eliminate these threats in some very unpredictable ways. Just like Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Frankenweenie has some strong parallels that really tug at your heartstrings.

It is hard to believe that a stop motion film is crammed with so much emotion and Burton should be commended in making the inanimate animate. To compliment Victor's character, there are some great moments with the other characters thanks to the voice acting behind the characters.

Martin Landau is perfect as the creepy Eastern European science teacher Mr. Rzykruski as is Catherine O'Hara who not only plays Susan Frankenstein but also the Weird Girl who believes her cat is psychic, especially as she interprets his droppings as psychic messages. It's truly a classic moment in the film.

Another great character is Edgar who is played delightfully by Atticus Shaffer with this amazing cheeky personality that you cannot help but smile when his character comes onto the screen. Winona Ryder also plays Elsa Van Helsing, a neighbour of Victor who also attends his school and becomes embroiled in the night of the living dead in New Holland.

All in all, Frankenweenie is a fun family movie that will not only tug at your heart strings but will leave you walking out of the cinema feeling great. The only drawback in the film is the use of 3D which is unfortunately is a little flat and there are only a few standout moments. Nonetheless, Frankenweenie is a movie that will be enjoyed by everyone.

Check it out!






 
 



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