DVD review | Frankenweenie – Tim Burton’s stop-motion horror homage is a quirky-jerky joy

Tim Burton’s enchanting black-and-white stop-motion animation film Frankenweenie is a quirky-jerky joy.

A full-length, expanded version of Burton’s own 1984 live-action short, it’s a loving homage to old-school horror films and tells the tale of a young boy who brings his pet dog back to life.

A junior version of Mary Shelley’s mad scientist, 10-year-old Victor Frankenstein is a budding filmmaker and inventor whose only friend is his Bull Terrier Sparky, the star of the Godzilla-style home movies he shoots in his attic.

When Sparky gets run over by a car, Victor toils away to revive his pet, using his mother’s domestic appliances and harnessing the power of lightning in a captivating scene that’s an affectionate parody-cum-homage to James Whale’s classic 1931 Frankenstein.

Soon, Victor’s schoolmates start trying to reanimate their own dead pets, but the experiments go wrong and the town is quickly overrun with monsters…

Filmed in lustrous black-and-white at London’s Three Mills Studio, with lovingly hand-crafted puppets inspired by the director’s original early-80s drawings, Frankenweenie will delight horror movie fans with its clever jokes and allusions, but you don’t need to be a film buff to appreciate Burton’s thoroughly engaging celebration of science, creativity and the power of the imagination.

Among the voice cast, listen out for Winona Ryder as girl-next-door Elsa Van Helsing (note the name) and Martin Landau as Victor’s science teacher, a Vincent Price lookalike.

Frankenweenie is now available to own on Disney 3D Blu-ray™, Blu-ray™ and DVD


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