October 3, 2012
Frankenweenie is the latest stop-motion animation from the mind of Tim Burton, and by that, I mean another thing that he decided to remake. You can go into this movie expecting it to be pretty much like any other Tim Burton movie. It’s about a suburban kid, Victor Frankenstein, who brings his dead dog Sparky back to life. Craziness ensues. Think of it as Edward Scissorhands meets Corpse Bride, but the bride is a dog. You have a cast of strange, outlandish, and sometimes stereotypical characters that are enjoyable to see on the screen, if not a little disturbing at times, but you don’t generally create any empathy for them. It seems as though a lot of them are there just to be weird and set the atmosphere.
While on the subject, the atmosphere of the movie can be rather disturbing when you take into account that this is suppose to be a family film. More conservative-minded parents may actually want to shy away from this movie if you care about the fragile little minds of you precious children that you keep sheltered from the horrors of the outside world. There’s death, grave robbing, monsters, and a cat that predicts the future with its poop. There’s a particularly gruesome shot toward the end that could scar a younger mind, though I thought it was pretty cool.