Photos: FilmSchoolRejects.com via Disney
Tim Burton remakes his 1984 short with this cute, full-length stop motion feature. The story involves a boy named Victor who loses his beloved dog Sparky and decides to play doctor by bringing him back to life with some stitches and the help of a few lightning strikes. The movie features the voices of a couple of Burton favorites, Winona Ryder, Martin Short, Catherine O’Hara and Martin Landau.
The warped visuals of a Burton film are never in doubt, so to say that this movie looks vintage, strange, and gorgeous probably isn’t necessary; but it also seems to have some thematic connections with past Burton works that might be worth mentioning. The best Burton films have always been about not just about oddities, but about youthful dreamers, and this one looks to have that in spades. It’s got the weird mixing of the Gothic macabre with suburban malaise that worked so well in Edward Scissorhands and Beetlejuice as well. And it explores childhood emotions and the way traumatic experiences effect kids differently than they do adults, because they’ve yet to develop the necessary coping mechanisms (you know, Pee-Wee losing his bike syndrome).
In addition to all that, Frankenweenie also seems to have more homages to classic Frankenstein movies than you could shake a stick at. So even if you’re not typically a fan of Burton’s oddball work, there’s a whole other level that you might be able to enjoy this film on. Whether you’ve been high the man’s recent output or not, this trailer is one that everyone will probably want to check out. Give it a chance.
Frankenweenie hits theaters October 5, and we can’t wait to see it!