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Frankenweenie is an energetic stop-motion horror movie spoof with lovingly crafted visuals and a heartfelt, oddball story.
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Tim Burton's most enjoyable movie in a long time.
Burton's best film since 1994's Ed Wood or even 1990's Edward Scissorhands.
A likable film, though not a sensational development in Tim Burton's career.
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.
The puppetry is simply superb as is texture; it's excellent attention to detail from puppet-makers Mackinnon and Saunders.
Frankenweenie, which made me cry almost as much as the audibly sobbing kids in the theater, is a big-hearted optimist's tale beautifully warped through Burton's trademark twisted vision.
This movie has so much heart.
Frankenweenie is inventive and fun. Burton fans will likely love it. Others will take pleasure from specific qualities and moments within the production, but not have much feel for the film as a whole.
In step with this year's earlier released ParaNorman, the lively and loony Frankenweenie will capture the upbeat heart and soul craziness of Burton's flashy and flaky playground of absurdity. Sophisticated and colorfully conceived...
What could have been a delightfully offbeat, darkly quirky riff on horror films, kid's cinema and the 'boy and his dog' plot is instead a lazy, disappointing slog.
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...
So. This made me cry! Even if one knows this is about bringing a dog back to life, one might not think about how the dog might have gotten into that situation to begin with... But charming and sweet and odd and lovable.
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