Posted in movies by - October 10, 2012

This is a remake of sorts – it’s a big-budget, feature-length reimagining of a short Tim Burton made 28 years ago. The plot, such as it is, concerns a withdrawn, spooky boy named Victor who has trouble making friends. He spends most of his time alone in the attic making monster movies with his dog Sparky. When Sparky dies, the unconsolable young man decides to disinter the pup and attempt to bring him back to life with electricity, a force he clearly does not understand.

The plan works, and the faithful Sparky returns, battered but undimmed in spirit.

Of course, messing with the elementals has consequences. Some of Victor’s classmates attempt to replicate the experiment, with much less adorable results. The town is threatened, and Victor has to figure out a way to save the day.

The film is beautiful. ‘Frankenweenie’ is as beautiful a stop-motion film as I’ve ever seen, and probably as close as you’ll ever get to the inside of Burton’s tweenage brain. If you like animation at all, it’s worth your time. The art director half of Burton’s persona really gets to work out in the insanely detailed process of stop-motion, and his skills are a wonder to behold.

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