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Frankenweenie

(DVD - 2013)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Frankenweenie
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Young Victor conducts a science experiment that will bring his dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous consequences.

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Publisher: [United States] : Disney, 2013.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (87 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,4 3/4 in.

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Dec 05, 2014
  • Nursebob rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

In the sleepy town of New Holland populated by cadaverous children and their clueless parents, where dark secrets abound and thunderstorms are a nightly occurrence, lives young Victor Frankenstein. A genius by nature, a loner by choice, Victor spends his days filming 8mm horror movies on a backyard set assisted by the only friend he’s ever known…his faithful lapdog Sparky. Sadly, one day the unthinkable happens when Sparky chases a ball into the street and winds up mangled beneath the wheels of a truck leaving Victor devastated and completely alone. All seems hopeless for the depressed lad until a science class lecture on electricity gives him a most ingenious idea—if a weak electrical current can cause the legs of a dead frog to jump, could a whole lot of electricity bring a small dog back to life? Quickly constructing a crazy laboratory out of Christmas lights and his mom’s best pots and pans, Victor soon has a hastily sewn together Sparky jumping and yapping once again. Keeping his pet’s resurrection a secret lest his parents freak out, Victor hides the dog in the upstairs attic but it isn’t long before his hunchbacked classmate Edgar Gore (E. Gore) finds out about the experiment and blabs it to a handful of mad scientist wannabes. With the annual science fair trophy up for grabs, the temptation to duplicate Victor’s reanimation technique proves too tempting for some leading to all sorts of macabre mayhem in the streets of New Holland. This is Tim Burton at his finest doing what he does best: clever works of gothic animation replete with quirky characters and a dark fairy tale aesthetic. The B&W photography and pasty white puppets perfectly capture the look and feel of all those Saturday afternoon monster movies. Look closely and you will see brilliant nods to the likes of Frankenstein and company, the Wolfman, Count Dracula, and the Mummy while a few townsfolk bear uncanny resemblances to Boris Karloff and Vincent Price. Plus, as a hilarious update, there is a clever take on one of Toho Studios more loveable creations complete with screaming Japanese victim. It’s all good gruesome fun, definitely not for the littlest family members, which will leave older kids amused while the rest of us howl at the literary allusions and Hollywood in-jokes.

Nov 10, 2014
  • movie20 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Very good movie. Wish it was in color.

Oct 31, 2014
  • Matisse rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Fantastic homage to classic horror movies. Great fun! One of Tim Burton's best.

Apr 10, 2014
  • s21168036871911 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Loved the graphics of this movie, the story line and plot were not bad either.

Nov 05, 2013
  • DFulks rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I have been a fan of Tim Burton movies my whole life. This was a fantastic movie!!! I cried a few times. Mostly because I was thinking of how I would feel if I had to watch my doggy die. It's a great concept that "if done with love" the experiment won't go awry. If you don't like Tim Burton and the "dark" way he does his movies you will not like this. If you are a Burton fan, you will. Point blank. As always, Danny Elfman did a fantastic job on the soundtrack.

Oct 28, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

A lacklustre effort from Burton. If he put half the effort he put into BEETLEJUICE, THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, or my personal favourite, EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, this film would be creative and interesting. Unfortunately, it falls flat, becoming a tedious chore in how obvious and hamfisted a film about reanimation can be. I don't recommend it.

Oct 22, 2013
  • 3reading4stem2011 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I used my Dvd player to go through the scenes(of this story) and came to the opinion that this is more for Children whom are not scared of Frankenstein. I do not believe in Frankenstein as it is a Halloween theme. I do not celebrate Halloween. This is for people whom celebrate Halloween.

Oct 11, 2013
  • lillysears rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

well it was a heartbreaking movie, when the dog died. you should watch this movie because it is a great movie. i watched it 4 times. my little sister who is 5 liked it too.

Oct 02, 2013
  • debra_759 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Awful. I fell asleep on this movie so many times, finally I just gave up. I normally like animations such as this, but it was too slow, dry and in B&W... really?! I wish it was more enjoyable and less painful to watch. Recommended viewing only if you need a good nap.

Aug 24, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I loved it. Incredible stop-motion craftsmanship, centered on a charming, satirical story, of a young, future mad scientist, and his reanimated pooch. I was transfixed and completely entertained. Martin Landau's character, reminiscent of Vincent Price; Sparky's poodle girlfriend (bride of Frankenweenie); everything. I can't understand the negative comments. Oh well, whatever -- to each his or her own. Tim Burton's twisted vision is just plain amazing.

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Nov 29, 2013
  • indigo_raven_13 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Oct 11, 2013
  • lillysears rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Jul 10, 2013
  • violet_panda_690 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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Apr 02, 2013
  • DFX rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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Aug 24, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Mr. Rzykruski (addressing an auditorium of parents who consider him a menace): "Ladies... gentlemen. I think the confusion here is that you are all very ignorant. Is that right word, 'ignorant'? I mean stupid; primitive; unenlightened. You do not understand science, so you are afraid of it... Like a dog is afraid of thunder, or balloons. To you, science is magic, and witchcraft, because you have such... such small minds! I cannot make your heads bigger, but your children's heads... I can take them and crack them open! This is what I try to do -- to get at their brains!"

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