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Frankenweenie
Disney
Directed By: Tim Burton
Starring: Martin Short, Martin Landau, Winona Rider
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The Short: Frankenweenie took an old story and made it new with some of the best stop-motion animation work ever. How detailed everything is in Frankenweenie is something to marvel at, but an excellent story and some good voice work completes a great story. If youíve loved Nightmare Before Christmas, or Corpse Bride, youíll like Frankenweenie even more.

Years ago when Tim Burton was just getting started into filmmaking he made a short called Frankenweenie. Starring a young Daniel Stern, Frankenweenie told the story of a young boy whose dog dies and then is brought back to life by the young boy during a lightening storm. After years of making amazing movies, then taking a serious approach to stop motion animation, Burton decided to revisit one of his early projects and take the stop motion animation approach to Frankenweenie.

In Frankenweenie, young Victor Frankenstein is an intelligent boy who loves science and his dog Sparky. When an accident happens and Sparky gets hit by a car, Victor develops an experiment to bring his dog back to life. When his experiment works and Sparky becomes a full-blown Frankenweenie, things get strange for Victor. With the science fair coming up, Victor gets to deal with his parents not understanding what heís done, scared townspeople, envious kids, and the mysteries of science coming to life to bite people who donít respect it right on the back side.

An outstanding voice cast on Frankenweenie takes back seat to a miraculous job of stop motion animation. Thereís been some quality work done recently in the field, but nothing compares to what Tim Burton and crew have managed to do with Frankenweenie. The style of the models, settings and people, is amazingly original and the movement of the modelís are captured perfectly. The animation is done so perfectly that itís easy to mistake this movie for a computer animated movie. All of the models are incredibly detailed, especially Sparky once heís been brought back to life. The animation is amazing, but Burtonís story is awesome and how close it stays to the original tale speaks loads about Burtonís 1984 short.

Frankenweenie on blu-ray features a ton of extra content. This particular release has a 3D Blu-ray copy of the film, a Blu-ray copy of the film, a DVD copy and a Digital Copy. There are also a ton of great supplemental features on the release too including Burtonís original short, a brand new short called Sparky vs. the Flying Saucers, a comprehensive 30 minute documentary on making the movie, and a couple of other goodies too. All total with the viewing options and the bonus features, Frankenweenie is a great release.

Frankenweenie took an old story and made it new with some of the best stop-motion animation work ever. How detailed everything is in Frankenweenie is something to marvel at, but an excellent story and some good voice work completes a great story. If youíve loved Nightmare Before Christmas, or Corpse Bride, youíll like Frankenweenie even more.






 


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