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Review: Frankenweenie (2012)

Posted on February 28, 2013 at 9:21 pm by Jess Hicks


While some will say Tim Burton has had his run and should probably hang up his gray scale and comb his hair (seriously a comb is like a dollar) he still continues to press on. I am a Burton fan but I will be the first to admit that his last few movies have been pretty awful. When I saw that he had both Dark Shadows and Frankenweenie coming out I was actually pretty excited…until I saw I saw Dark Shadows. That movie almost single-handedly ruined me for his films altogether. Thank god my love for stop-motion animation and nostalgia kept me going because Frankenweenie has now become one of my favorite movies of 2012.

Of course we have seen the “boy and his dog” story done time and time again but not one quite so strange. Essentially it’s a modern retelling of Frankenstein when our main character’s, Victor, dog gets hit by a car. Victor is so upset he turns to science to help him bring his beloved dog back and it works! Everything turns upside down when his classmates find out and try to bring back their pets for the science fair.

Victor & Sparky

The film is in black and white and uses classic stop motion animation that is a signature mark for Burton. The animation gives the film so much texture that I felt like if I touched my TV I would be able to feel the grass. Both of these techniques bring out the beautiful simplicity of the story. There is no distractingly bad computer effects or obnoxiously bright colors to interfere with your viewing. And of course there are all of the awesome references to classic monster movies including, albeit a tad bit stereotypical, reference to Japanese monster Gamera.


Not only is this movie extremely touching it also sends out a fantastic message about being open minded and using science for good instead of using it to hurt people. This is a great movie for the whole family with jokes and references for the young and old. Beware you might shed a tear or two but that is just apart of growing up! Be sure to check it out on Blu-ray for the ultimate experience.

5/5 Stars

    • cmrok93

      Probably not the best movie to take your kiddies out to go and see, but still a fun-loving, heartfelt flick that’s a nice return to pace for Burton. I just hope he can keep it going. Nice review Jess.

      • Jess Hicks

        Thank you! And yeah it's a little scary for little kids but most of his good stuff is. He just needs to stay with original ideas and he will be good

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