From creative genius Tim Burton comes Frankenweenie, a heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor (Charlie Tahan) harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life—with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor’s fellow students, teachers and the entire town all learn that getting a new “leash on life” can be monstrous.
I am an animal lover. I used to have a bunch of pets when I was a kid and cried a whole lot every time one pet dies. Not to mention crying damn hard while watching Marley and Me. I did not say that I cried while watching Frankenweenie, though.
After a lackluster offering with Dark Shadows, Tim Burton comes back strong in a work that I can place side by side with his earlier classics Edward Scissorhands, Nightmare Before Christmas, and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street.
Just like Edward Scissorhands—wherein Johnny Depp’s character as a very special introvert who stood out in a suburban village—Frankenweenie’s protagonist Victor’s recluse character makes him an outsider in their New Holland neighborhood, and his only friend and confidante is his dog Sparky. Their relationship transcends through and you can sympathize with Victor’s eagerness to reanimate and eventually save his beloved dog.
A stop-motion animated film, Frankenweenie is masterfully filmed in black and white and rendered in 3D. I think it is so clever to film this in black and white and in 3D because it elevates the classic retro-style to a whole new level of experience.
Though it has some sagging parts, generally this film is marvelous and poignant to say the least. I would have yearned for a different ending, but my idea in mind might be too strong and devastating for the target audience. Ok, I admit, I did shed a tear while watching Frankenweenie. You’re welcome.
4.0 out of 5 stars