“Frankenweenie” is the latest film from Tim Burton. Burton returns to form with a wonderful and creepy story in the same vein as “Nightmare Before Christmas.” Like “Nightmare”, “Frankenweenie” is stop motion animation. Burton adds a twist though, as he made this film in black and white. The lack of color might turn off some viewers, but I feel this film is one of Burton’s best.
“Frankenweenie” is the story of a boy and his dog, simple as that. Victor, the main character, is very attached to his dog, Sparky. When Sparky dies, young Victor decides to try an experiment. Those familiar with Victor Frankenstein can see where this is headed.
Burton borrows from classic monster movies to give the viewer’s unpredictable results. I noticed several nods to such silver screen classics as “Dracula” and of course “Frankenstein.” While that could have come off as cheesy, Burton did it with such subtlety that it actual makes the movie more enjoyable.
The voice acting is fantastic as well. Burton seems to have a knack for casting good voices for great characters. The 3-D, which I am not a big fan of normally, was also done well. Burton uses the 3-D effect in such away that it enhances the scenery, instead of detracting from it.
I would recommend this movie to viewers of all ages. The story is easy enough for younger viewers to follow along, and solid enough to keep adults interested. I’m glad I got to see this, and I know it will become part of my Halloween movie rotation.