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Frankenweenie (2012) In Tim Burton's Frankenweenie , a mournful and resourceful 10-year-old boy named Victor, bereft after the accidental death of his beloved bull terrier Sparky, harnesses… 2012-10-05 PG PT87M Animation Martin Landau Catherine O'Hara Martin Short Walt Disney Pictures
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Frankenweenie (2012)

MPAA Rating: PG

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MAN'S BEST FRIEND Tom Burton's stop-motion cartoon is the full-length version of a short he made almost 30 years ago
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MAN'S BEST FRIEND Tom Burton's stop-motion cartoon is the full-length version of a short he made almost 30 years ago

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Min. Age 7-9 Yrs Old

There are plenty of gentle frights throughout the movie, particularly with the transformations. Go in expecting the neat stylized macabre but look out for a rather intense ending sequence that caused even this grown-up heart to beat a little faster. A.W.

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Frankenweenie

There are plenty of gentle frights throughout the movie, particularly with the transformations. Go in expecting the neat stylized macabre but look out for a rather intense ending sequence that caused even this grown-up heart to beat a little faster.

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Details Release Date: Oct 05, 2012; Rated: PG; Length: 87 Minutes; Genre: Animation; With: Martin Landau, Catherine O'Hara and Martin Short; Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures

In Tim Burton's Frankenweenie, a mournful and resourceful 10-year-old boy named Victor, bereft after the accidental death of his beloved bull terrier Sparky, harnesses the awesome powers of science to reanimate his canine best friend. The resulting homage to Frankenstein in particular and horror movies in general is exquisite, macabre mayhem and a kind of reanimation all its own. A lovingly detailed work of stop-motion construction in black and white and story-enhancing 3-D, the feature-length fantasy began life back in 1984 as a live-action short. But stop-motion animation was always what the filmmaker had in mind. And with this stitching together of material old and new, three decades of familiarity with Burton's obsessions pay off: Frankenweenie is a cool little flipbook of historical Burtonian style. It even brings back old friends, including Beetlejuice's Winona Ryder and Catherine O'Hara.

The movie is a romp of escalating ''horror,'' as weird suburban neighbor kids (are there any other kind in Burtonburg?) goad the young inventor (and the unstable Sparky 2.0) into danger. And the ghoulishness is in the details, the most charming of which are the perfectly lugubrious line readings by Ed Wood's Martin Landau as a science teacher by way of every role Vincent Price ever played in every movie that inspired Tim Burton to become the wonderfully strange filmmaker he is. A-

Originally posted Oct 03, 2012 Published in issue #1228-1229 Oct 12, 2012 Order article reprints
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