Last week I attended the world premiere of Tim Burton’s newest release, Frankenweenie. Let’s just stop there for a moment and pause. I said Tim Burton! In years past Tim has never disappointed and the same can be said for this not so normal tale of a young boy, Victor ( played by Charlie Tahan), and his beloved pooch Sparky. I’ve been a Tim Burton fan for years, his style is unique and through his movies I learned that it’s okay to be a bit different. This movie definitely looks, and feel like a traditional Tim Burton movie. Tim Burton is known for his unique style, mainly his stop-motion animation. Frankenweenie was filmed in black and white and rendered in 3D, which elevates this movie to a whole new experience. Tim Burton’s classic style comes to life in Frankenweenie.
Frankenweenie follows in the footsteps of Tim Burton’s other stop-motion animated films “Corpse Bride” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas”—both of which were nominated for Academy Awards®. Tim Burton sets the bar pretty high when it comes to stop-motion animation and his films will stand the test of time.
Frankenweenie is loosely based on Tim Burton’s childhood, from where he grew up to his love to movie making as a young child. The suburban backdrop closely resembles the hills of Hollywood. You’ll even recognize how closely the New Holland sign resembles the famous Hollywood sign.
Who Voices These Characters?
The voice cast includes four actors who worked with Tim Burton on earlier films: Winona Ryder (“Beetlejuice,” “Edward Scissorhands”), Catherine O’Hara (“Beetlejuice,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas”), Martin Short (“Mars Attacks!”) and Martin Landau (“Ed Wood,” Sleepy Hollow”). All of who I might add I ran into at the Frankenweenie after party!!!
When I think of Tim Burton, I hear these actor’s voices in my head. It’s nice to know Tim went with people he had worked with before. The sense of loyalty is great and very refreshing.
I promise, I won’t spoil it for you.
I think just about everyone can relate to young Victor and the pain he felt after his dog Sparky died unexpectedly. Victor uses his love of science to help raise Sparky from the dead. Little does Victor know that his experiment will have a monstrous outcome. Victor Frankenstein’s sleepy little town of New Holland is turned upside down when his experiment gets into the hands of the wrong kids. Oh, and there’s a cat, his name is Mr. Whiskers, he has poo that can predict the future. I told you this movie is going to entertain and surprise you.
You’ll find yourself laughing, you might even shed a little tear. Frankenweenie will spook you and you’ll leave the theater reminiscing about a pet you once had or you will be eager to get home and show the pet you do have at home some much needed affection. Either way, you’ll be happy you saw this sensational Tim Burton masterpiece.
Will My Child Be Frightened?
Yes and no. I have a very timid 5-year old and the previews spooked her, she even wanted me to close my eyes. I guess it’s up to you and if you think your child will not be to freighted. Some children aren’t easily scared though. There were a few scenes that I thought might scare my daughter so no, I wouldn’t take her to see this. Vampire Cat and the Were-Rat would definitely scare her.
I would feel comfortable saying any child over the age of 8 would love this film. It’s perfect for older children, tweens, teens, moms, and dads too. Take the entire family to the movies. This is the quintessential fall, Halloween-esque movie.
This electrifying tale of a boy and his dog arrives in theaters everywhere on October 5th! Frankenweenie is rated PG.
Disclosure: Disney provided me with a trip to LA in return for my honest review on the movies and events mentioned above. All expenses were paid by Disney and no other compensation was given. All experiences and opinions are 100% my own.