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Score: 9.4/10  [4 reviews]
4 out of 5
ProdID: 3576 - Frankenweenie
Director: Tim Burton

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October 2012

Frankenweenie product reviews

After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor 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.

A stop-motion animated film, "Frankenweenie" was filmed in black and white and rendered in 3D, which will elevate the classic style to a whole new experience.

Rated PG - Scary Scenes : Advised for children aged 6 and over.

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Review by: tessak (Tess)
Dated: 30th of June, 2014

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This Review: 10/10
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I was a bit unsure about the Frankenweenie movie when I first saw it advertised. I was a bit unsure that my kids would actually enjoy this one, so when it finally hit the theatres (due to the cost of going to the movies for a family of 5), we decided to wait until the release on DVD before we would see it.

So we waited, and as soon as it hit the video store we hired it out. Okay so I wish we had gone to the movies to see it. It is awesome. An absolutely brilliant movie about a young boy, a science experiment, and the love shared between boy and dog. My kids loved it to. Yes there were moments we're miss 7 would cover her face, not wanting to see that bit (this is not saying this movie is to scary for young kids, she does that in all movies, even Tinker Bell lol).

I was super impressed by the animation in this movie, it was way way better than I expected it to be. The fact it is in black and white (my reasoning behind not taking the kids to the movies to see it) only makes it even better. It would lose meaning if filmed in color. A truly brilliant film that I would definitely recommend. Yes we watched the DVD twice before returning to the video store haha

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Review by: samantha203 (Samantha)
Dated: 12th of November, 2012

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This Review: 9.5/10
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I took my 10 year old to see this movie at my local where it was being showed in 2D. I wasn't really sure what to expect as I hadn't heard much about the film and had only watched the film trailer once to know briefly what it was about. I really enjoyed it and so did my daughter, she described it as the saddest movie ever and I noticed tears in her eyes even in the darkness of the movie theatre.

I was a little bit worried about the movie being black and white but it added to the effect of the movie and suited the spooky characters and storyline really well. Talking about spooky characters there were a few of them and even spookier creatures. Definitely a movie for the older children as it had some scary moments. It would of been cool to get to see it in 3D I think it would of enhanced it even further.

A really nice little storyline based around the love of a family pet/best friend which definitely had it's sad moments. I think as adults we can all relate to losing a family pet and I know my daughter can to so we all know how painful it can be. The visual effects was very simple but I think that was the way it was meant to be as it was a black and white movie and most of the effects came from light and shadows which enhanced the spooky feel and added to the frights. It was just simple animated characters and scenery but all in all it was a fantastic watch and I would definitely buy the DVD when it comes out.

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Review by: kymmage (Kym)
Dated: 4th of November, 2012

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This Review: 8.0/10
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We went to see Frankenweenie today at the movie theatre. I took myself, my 5 year old and our baby. Loaded with a popcorn bucket and our 3D glasses, off we went to see the film. I was not too worried about my daughter being scared in the film, as she is pretty worldly and often claims not to be afraid of anything. She was true to form and actively watched the film right through.

This film is totally in black and white. If anything could have wrecked this film for my daughter, I thought it would be the lack of colour. But I'm glad to say, there was so much to watch she hardly noticed the lack of colour. Afterwards when we discussed it, she said colour would have ruined the effect of the movie. Its like an old style horror, and the black and white only enhances the effect. The black, white and grey tones allow for creepy shadowing which added to the characters and their mysteriousness.

As an adult I saw a lot of pokes at horror stories I have read or watched in the past. This was nice because it kept my attention. There were also a few poignant moments scattered through the movie where characters imparted wisdom to each other and us in the audience. I thought these moments were really nicely done. My daughter enjoyed the start of the movie. She found some of the scenes difficult, but a smile and a pat on her knee helped her relax. She wasn't scared of anything, just the reality of one scene in particular got to her.

The 3D was not intrusive. There were one or two moments where it was worth being 3D for, but otherwise I think I would have happily watched it in 2D instead. My daughter on the other hand, loved the 3D and thought that was one of the best things about it. She kept throwing her arms out trying to catch things or touch characters. So that was quite cute. I did notice that the mum and her daughter sitting next to us were bored to tears which was sad and detracted from my enjoyment. But once I tuned them out, I really enjoyed the movie.

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Review by: mizim (Miriam)
Dated: 2nd of October, 2012

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This Review: 10/10
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I LOVE LOVE LOVE Tim Burton movies. Have loved them since I was a child, growing up watching Edward Scissorhands and The Nightmare Before Christmas. So when I first heard that they were taking a short film that you can find on The Nightmare Before Christmas DVD, Frankenweenie, and turning it into a full length movie I was really excited.

I went in, fully expecting to enjoy this movie and I came back out not only loving it, but wanting to go right back in and watch it all over again. It's fully in black and white, but that's something you forget about just a minute into the film.

There is so much content in this movie for child and parent alike and not all of them subtle. I can't really say too much, or talk about them (even though I REALLY want to) as that would spoil the film and the laughs. But suffice to say, you don't have to strain to find any of the jokes. And the jokes, are fabulous, aimed at old movies and character names that you will recognize if you've watched enough old movies, of even just read summaries. But they are movies that the wider population knows about without having had to see the original material.

I loved every moment of this film, and you could tell the crowd was really into it, the lady in the seat next to me was so engrossed in the film that when she jumped, my seat and my partners rocked, in fact, in that one part, at least half the audience jumped in fright. Not just that, but there were constant laughs from everyone in the audience.

This is such a fun movie, it is PG rated, and does have some scary scenes that my 5yo wouldn't have been able to handle, so aim for a little older. A fabulous film and one I can't wait to see again.

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