Frankenweenie (2012)

Today, in order to continue the October EYG Halloween Horror Bingefest, I pulled up Disney + for a little family horror entertainment. This would be Tim Burton’s animated classic Frankenweenie.

This was a wonderful animated film, with the magic of stop animation giving us what appeared to be flawless artistic appearance of the characters and setting. The beautiful black and white filming highlighted every last piece of art that appeared on the screen making this a visually stunning film.

The story was touching and funny as well. Victor (Charlie Tahan) and his dog Sparky were inseparable until a tragic accident brought the dog’s life to an end. Engulfed in the world of science, Victor was inspired to attempt an experiment to resurrect the dog using lightning.

Clearly, the film is an homage to the 1931 film Frankenstein, as many of the iconic imagery appears in the animated movie. There is a lot of emotion here too as anyone who has lost a pet and who wished that there was something that they could do about it could feel for Victor and his plight.

The voice cast is strong. It features Catharine O’Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau, Winona Ryder, and Atticus Shaffer. O’Hara and Short pitched in with multiple voices each.

This is a great family film with some real emotion and some powerful moments for Halloween. Frankenweenie is the type of animation that does not speak down to children, but provides them with a good story and beautiful imagery to watch.

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