Critic Consensus: Frankenweenie is an energetic stop-motion horror movie spoof with lovingly crafted visuals and a heartfelt, oddball story.
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as Victor Frankenstein
as Elsa Van Helsing
as Mr. Rzykruski
as Mrs. Frankenstein/Gym Teacher/Weird Girl
as Mr. Frankenstein/Mr. Burgemeister/Nassor
as Edgar "E" Gore
as Bob's Mom
as Fire Chief/Soldier/Townsfolk
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Critic Reviews for Frankenweenie
Burton's best film since 1994's Ed Wood or even 1990's Edward Scissorhands.
This is a Tim Burton film with something to say. And that's a rare and precious thing.
The stop-motion animation - a favorite tool of Burton's - is given loving attention, and the character design is full of terrific touches, such as the hulking flat-topped schoolmate who looks a bit like a certain man-made monster.
The best thing about an animated monster movie with this much heart is: It's alive. In the best possible way.
Audience Reviews for Frankenweenie
Tim Burton is certainly not in a fruitful moment of his career, making one derivative movie after another such as this one, a stop motion animation that is supposed to be a comedy but is only silly and unfunny, with an uninspired premise and a very uninteresting development.
Right before the ending sequence of this film there's a segment wherein a grade school science teacher is brought before the PTA and questioned about his authority to teach and his methods. In his answer, and wonderfully suicidal but straightforward rebuttal, he simply calls out his accusers: "You're ignorant. Stupid." I couldn't help but conjecture that Burton was himself answering the many who are enriched, as are we all, from his contributions to the culture of Western civilisation and yet sneer at the source of the same. Regardless of this aside, here is a user friendly concoction that pays a fun homage to the Shelley work as well as the tradition of monster film that sprang from her work. Though hailing from the Disney studios, it is a decidedly un-Disney work, nearly defiantly so, and a love letter to fans of Charles Addams, the dark, and the moody. The music, as in most of Burton's work, is very good, very appropriate.
I am not the biggest Tim Burton fan...and I thought that this was just ok. Nothing to brag about...
|Victor:||Nobody likes scientists.|
|Mr. Rzykruski:||They like what science gives them, but not the questions, no. Not the questions that science asks.|
|Victor:||[Thinks for a second] Actually, I have a question.|
|Victor:||[thinks for a second] Actually, I have a question.|
|Mr. Rzykruski:||He, he. That is why you are a scientist.|
|Victor:||I was doing my experiment, my project, and the first time it worked great, but the next time it didn't. I mean, it sort of worked, but then it didn't. And I don't know why.|