Frankenweenie (2012) (Movie Review)

PRAISES:

Halloween it is and the horror movies are rolling. Tonight I have published reviews on Psycho and Poltergeist and hope you like them. A hilarious, dark, and very creative film by Tim Burton written as a fun spoof of not just Frankenstein’s Monster but of many other horror classics. Starring Catherine O’Hara (A Nightmare Before Christmas, Home Alone), Matin Short (Mars Attacks), Winona Ryder (Stranger Things, Beetlejuice),and Charlie Than (I Am Legend, The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud), this is well animated and full to the brim with references to movies such as Poltergeist, Bride of Frankenstein, Coraline, and Edward Scissorhands. There have been fan theories since the release of this film that it goes hand in hand with A Nightmare Before Christmas and Coprse Bride (both directed and partially written by Tim Burton) in telling the tale, in reverse order, of the same boy throughout his life. As one of the few recent films in black and white, this animated feature is amusing for not just children, but adults too. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and think it was very tasteful and creative (unusually so for remakes)

PLOT:

When a young boy, obsessed with science, is playing baseball and his dog gets run over after chasing the ball, he takes on a task to bring his pet back to life.

PROBLEMS:

During the classroom scene when Mr. Rzykruski is explaining the mechanics of lightning, his diagram shows positively charged clouds above the ground, which is shown as being negatively charged by electrons. The diagram should contain negatively charged clouds (containing a surplus of negatively charged electrons) over the ground which should not have any charge.

When Elsa sings for Dutch Day, the candles on her hat are half melted. In the next shot, the candles have only melted a little.

POINTS:

Enjoyment: 🌟🌟🌟🌟⭐️

Artistic Impression: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Overall: 🌟🌟🌟🌟⭐️

PETTY TRIVIA:

1) This film reunites Tim Burton with Winona Ryder and Catherine O’Hara who previously worked with Burton on Beetlejuice.

2) When Victor goes to the pet cemetery, Zero’s doghouse from ‘A Nightmare Before Christmas’.

3) Persephone’s white streaks that appear after being electrocuted very much resemble those of Elsa Lanchester’s character in ‘Bride of Frankenstein’.

4) Persephone the poodle is named after the Greek nature goddess who was kidnapped by and forcibly married to Hades, god of the underworld and lord of the dead. 

5) Edgar E. Gor, from the film, bears an uncanny resemblance to Ygor from the original Fankenstein films.

PANDA:

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1142977/?ref_=nm_knf_t3

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cqI6hPra7c

Liked this? Check out my reviews of Rear Window or Parks and Recreation!

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