by Sheryl Wall
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Frankenweenie is a remake from Tim Burton’s short film created in 1984. It is a stop motion film made in black and white. The movie starts out with Victor Frankenstein and his parents watching a stop motion film that Victor made with his dog Sparky as one of the characters.
Victor is a young boy who is a genius when it comes to science and spends much of his time alone. His Dad is concerned about Victor not having any friends except for his dog Sparky so he makes a deal with him when Victor asks his parents to sign his form to be in the Science Fair. He told him he would sign it if Victor joins a baseball team, so he does. During the game however, Sparky runs out for the ball and ends up being hit which leaves Victor devastated. But then in science class he gets an idea of how to revive Sparky through electricity.
I went to the Tim Burton exhibit in LA at the LACMA Museum last year and that is where I first heard about Frankenweenie, and have been waiting eagerly for it to come out ever since. Being a Tim Burton film, I knew it wouldn’t disappoint. I really liked how it was done in black and white, I don’t remember the last movie I saw made that way. It set a good tone for the movie and gave it a very classic old Sci-fi feel.
The movie was full of creative characters and the plot was similar to that of Frankenstein, which was the intention. Being a dog lover I naturally felt saddened by the scene of Sparky’s death but I knew it had to happen to get to the plot of the story. However, I sure was glad when that scene was over and the story continued.
One of my favorite scenes was when the next door neighbor’s poodle and Sparky would play with the tennis ball through the fence. I liked the relationship that formed between the two dogs. I also liked the scene with the invisible fish but I don’t want to give too much away. The heart of the movie comes down to the incredible love between a boy and his dog. Those Tim Burton fans out there who love Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride will not want to miss Frankenweenie, it definitely is a must see movie destined to become a classic.
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Frankenweenie are now playing at Dinuba Platinum Theatres 6. Showtimes can be found on their website.