Frankenweenie Movie Review – it's a monster mash buffet

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Frankenweenie ~ Disney Pictures

My youngest daughter (age 7) and I saw an early screening of Frankenweenie (Disney Pictures) on Monday. We both enjoyed the movie. The film is a fun twist on the classic Frankenstein story by Mary Shelley. Another interesting thing about the movie is that it’s in black and white, which adds to the story’s somber tone. Frankenweenie opens in theaters today.

The 411 for Frankenweenie

The story A boy brings his dead dog back to life
Appropriateness for children It’s OK for kids. There is some violence, but nothing bloody or scary.
Positives
  • Interesting twist on the classic Frankenstein story
  • Filmed in black and white
  • Fun names (like Edgar ‘E’ Gore and Elsa Van Helsing)
  • Good 3D depth and clarity
Negative
  • The story turns into a monster mash buffet
Release date October 5, 2012
Rating Rated PG for thematic elements, scary images and action
Runtime 87 minutes
Genre Animation, horror, comedy

It’s a Frankenstein story
Frankenweenie is about a boy, Victor Frankenstein, and his dog, Sparky. Victor loves his dog very much, but then one day his dog is killed in a car accident. Victor becomes very sad, so he decides to bring his dog back to life. He stitches Sparky back together and use lightning to re-energize his dog back to the living. The rest of the story is about Victor trying to hide Sparky so his parents and the townsfolk don’t find out he brought his dog back to life.

The story ends with a monster mash buffet
I thought the ending of Frankenweenie was a little weak. The movie turns from a story about a boy and his dog, and becomes a slugfest of monsters and creatures. I thought some parts of the ending was humorous (like the Godzilla vs. Mothra scene), but the ending took away from the somewhat touching story of Victor and Sparky.

Hotel Transylvania vs. Frankenweenie
Because the two movies are released within a week of each other, it’s hard not to compared the two films. Both movies are worth watching and fun for the whole family. However, Hotel Transylvania is funnier, the pace is faster, and will appeal more to younger kids. On the other hand, Frankenweenie has a more interesting story, is like a light drama, and will appeal more to older kids.

Tim Burton is the biggest name in the film
Frankenweenie was directed by Tim Burton. The movie features the voices of Charlie Tahan (Victor Frankenstein), Catherine O’Hara (Mrs. Frankenstein), Martin Short (Mr. Frankenstein, Mr. Burgemeister, Nassor), Martin Landau (Mr. Rzykruski), Winona Ryder (Elsa Van Helsing), Atticus Shaffer (Edgar ‘E’ Gore), Robert Capron (Bob), Christopher Lee (Movie Dracula), Conchata Ferrell (Bob’s Mom), James Hiroyuki Liao (Toshiaki), and Tom Kenny (New Holland Townsfolk).

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14 thoughts on “Frankenweenie Movie Review – it's a monster mash buffet

  1. I remember all the kids in the family going crazy over this movie. Makes me curious to watch it one of these days.

  2. I was afraid that they may be losing the heart of the story in the trailers alone. When I saw that they had an Asian character bringing Godzilla back to life, I felt sick. Not only is it reinforcing a horrible stereotype about Asians, but what does it have to do with a boy and his dog? Thanks for your honest review. I think I will wait for this one to hit the DVD.

  3. Thanks for the review, I want to see this with the family I babysit for. I love that it is in black and white, a nice contrast to our techni-colored world we are used to. I’m disappointed that the ending isn’t stronger. I’m interested in seeing how I feel about it but a good ending can really make the whole movie.

  4. Trailer was really cool. Look forward to taking the kids to see this movie. Amazing what they can do with animation!

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