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.|
|Release date||October 5, 2012|
|Rating||Rated PG for thematic elements, scary images and action|
|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).