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Frankenweenie

  • Animation
  • Family
  • 2012
  • Tim Burton
  • 83 mins
  • PG

Summary

Animated fantasy with the voices of Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short and Charlie Tahan. Unable to accept the death of his pet pooch, young science whizz Victor performs an experiment that brings him back to life. But his secret is soon discovered and it's not long before havoc iswreaked all over town.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Director Tim Burton fleshes out his 1984 short film about a boy who resurrects his dead pooch, doing so with subtle deadpan humour and joyful, life-affirming spirit. As with Corpse Bride (2005), Burton uses stop-motion animation, but this time opts for a polished monochrome palette to evoke old B-movie horror flicks, which are heavily referenced throughout. Victor (voiced by Charlie Tahan) is a sensitive hero, a science geek whose formula for reviving dead pets unleashes all kinds of monster mayhem on his sleepy home town (check out the nods to Godzilla movies). The story wavers slightly in the middle as Victor's classmates plot to uncover his secret, but the characters nevertheless keep you transfixed; a wickedly funny gallery of grotesques that are vividly designed and dryly voiced by the likes of Martin Landau, Catherine O'Hara and Winona Ryder. It's poignant, too, with an epic sweep that fills the screen and amplifies small moments of pathos. A genuine spine-tingling delight.

Credits

Cast

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Mrs Frankenstein /Weird girl / Gym teacherCatherine O'Hara
Mr Frankenstein / Nassor / Mr BergemeisterMartin Short
Mr RzykruskiMartin Landau
VictorCharlie Tahan
Elsa Van HelsingWinona Ryder
Edgar "E" GoreAtticus Shaffer
BobRobert Capron
Bob's momConchata Ferrell

Crew

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DirectorTim Burton

Details

Theatrical distributor
Disney
Released on
2012-10-17
Languages
English
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Black and white
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