About the film:
The film is about Victor Frankenstein, a smart young boy who prefers the company of his dog, Sparky, who he loves to make his own 3D films with. His parents worry about Victor not having any real friends and encourage him to make a compromise by doing what he loves to do but also to interact with other kids his own age by playing baseball. At Victor's first baseball game, he eventually hits a ball that goes in the street. Sparky, who was tied up, gets loose and while trying to fetch Victor's ball, gets hit by a car. While in class drawing a picture of Sparky, his science teacher, Mr. Rzykruski shows his class how to use electric current to make a dead frog’s legs still move.
Victor gets to work, brings Sparky home, and brings his best friend back to life. Victor tries to keep Sparky a secret but Sparky somehow gets out and Victor's classmate, Edgar E. Gore finds out and blackmails Victor into telling him his secret. He promises not to tell but he quickly tells other classmates & fellow rival science fair competitors who all decide to bring back various pets to life. Something goes wrong and the pets become mutants, putting everyone in danger. I don't want to give too much away of how the movie ends – will Sparky live or will Victor have to say his final goodbyes to his beloved pet in order to get everything back to normal? You'll just have to watch the movie on October 5th to find out!
Did you know?
- When Tim Burton originally conceived the idea for “Frankenweenie,” he envisioned it as a full-length, stop-motion animated film. Due to budget constraints, he instead directed it as a live-action short, released in 1984.
- Stop-motion animation is one of the oldest animation styles. There are 24 frames per second in the stop motion for “Frankenweenie.” This means that the animator must stop and position the puppet 24 times to get one second of filmed action. On average, one animator can only produce 5 seconds of animation per week. Multiple puppets of the same character allowed animators to work on more than one scene at once. There were as many as 18 animators working independently of each other at one time.
- “Frankenweenie” follows in the footsteps of Tim Burton’s other stop-motion animated films “Corpse Bride” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas”—both of which were nominated for Academy Awards®.
- Over 200 puppets and sets were created for the film; there were 17 Victors and 12 Sparkys. Since each animator worked independently on different scenes, multiples were needed. They also needed backup in case a puppet required repair.
- The voice cast includes four actors who worked with Burton on previous films: Winona Ryder (“Beetlejuice,” “Edward Scissorhands”), Catherine O’Hara (“Beetlejuice,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas”), Martin Short (“Mars Attacks!”) and Martin Landau (“Ed Wood,” Sleepy Hollow”).
- Classic horror films from the 1930s, like “Frankenstein” and “Dracula,” inspired several of the character names—Victor, Elsa Van Helsing, Edgar “E” Gore and Mr. Burgemeister.
- The film takes place in the fictitious town of New Holland, a suburban development circa the 1970s, much like Burbank, California, where director Tim Burton grew up. A windmill sits on a hill overlooking the town and adds just the right touch for New Holland’s annual Dutch Days celebration.
My personal thoughts:
When I first saw the Frankenweenie movie trailers, I didn't know what to think, to be honest. I knew I was going to love it – being a huge fan of Tim Burton's Corpse Bride and having owned The Nightmare Before Christmas merchandise way back in the day but being a mom to a 4 year old, I wasn't sure what to think of it. What crossed my mind the most was if my son was going to be able to handle seeing a movie which was sure to have some scary parts to it. I decided to do my own little experiment the other day when each and every one of my nephews and nieces were here at the house (all 12 of them – ages ranging from 9 months to 14 – don't worry, I excluded the 9 month old :P) and they ALL were excited to see the movie.
I was fortunate to go to the premiere to watch the movie in full and personally, I think anyone over 6 years old can handle it. If they're under 6, that would be a call only you could make. For me, I know for a fact that my 4 year old can definitely handle watching it. My 5 year old nephew and niece didn't have a problem with watching all of the trailers either. I guess they don't scare easily. Yes, it has a "horror film" feel to it but it's not a kid's horror film. It's actually a really cute & sweet story that has you laughing more than anything (as well as crying)! The only parts that I think would be considered "scary" are when the pets at the end turn into mutants. Only you know what your kids can handle or if they scare easily. I would give this movie a chance though – it's really a great film (I've seen scarier things on the TV).
I personally LOVED it & think the characters in this movie are super cute – Sparky and especially Edgar 'E' Gore are my favorites. I mean, come on, just look at that face! And don't get me started on Weird Girl & Mr. Whiskers. You will walk away loving the characters in this movie!
And look, even our dog, Nala, is in the Frankenweenie spirit – check her out wearing her Frankenweenie collar!
Frankenweenie comes to a theater near you starting October the 5th! To learn more about the movie, be sure to check out their website or connect with them on Facebook & Twitter. In the meantime, check out the trailer below! Only a couple of more days! 😀
Who's excited to watch?
Thanks to Disney, I was sent on an all expense paid trip including airfare, hotel accommodations & transportation while in Los Angeles. However, all opinions stated are 100% my own.