From creative genius Tim Burton (“Alice in Wonderland,” The Nightmare Before Christmas”) comes “Frankenweenie,” a heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life—with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor’s fellow students, teachers and the entire town all learn that getting a new “leash on life” can be monstrous.
Frankenweenie, a stop-motion animation film, did a great job in showing how much Victor loved Sparky, and when Sparky died, the grief that Victor felt was very evident.
However, Victor was able to bring Sparky back to life after learning a few science tricks, and Victor was once again happy to have Sparky around.
Unfortunately, Victor's classmates, who really wanted to win an upcoming science fair, found out about how Sparky came back to life, and they experimented in bringing other beings back to life in order to win the science fair.
What resulted was a problem. A BIG problem, which eventually put Victor's life at risk.
But Sparky's devotion to Victor was unwavering, and he does everything he can to help save Victor while risking his own life.
And risk his life he does, because the outcome is Sparky's lifeless body once again, and once again, Victor tries to bring him back to life...
I don't want to ruin the ending, but although I thought the movie would end differently than it did, I still thought it was a fun movie and that the animation was outstanding.
Although there was an eerie vibe throughout the entire movie, it was still very entertaining. The characters, especially Edgar and Weird Girl and her cat, Mr. Whiskers, really deliver a creepiness in a fun way. And there were many humorous moments throughout the film. I especially loved what appeared to be little tributes to other movies, such as Godzilla and Gremlins.
The movie was shorter than most - just under 90 minutes, and I think it's better suited for older kids, perhaps maybe age 8 and above. All of my kids are younger than that and they seemed to enjoy the movie, but Smiley, who is 3 years old, jumped in his seat on several instances. However, in the end he still said "I liked that scary movie."
I liked the general emphasis on science throughout the movie, and I also enjoyed how the movie incorporated scientific facts to help move the story along, but what I really loved most about the movie was how well the bond between boy and dog was depicted.
Frankenweenie is out in theaters today.
Thank you to the sponsor for providing the complimentary tickets. I received no monetary compensation for this post.
Gem is a Hawaii Mom Blogger who posts reviews and giveaways, and blogs about life in Hawaii as a mom of 3 boys, including one with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. She loves to travel, bake, and eat anything with chocolate.