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Frankenweenie Review #DisneyMoviesEvent

Frankenweenie arrives in theatres everywhere on October 5th!

Frankenweenie tells the tale of a young boy named Victor who suddenly loses his beloved family dog, Sparky, when he is fatally struck by a vehicle. Victor is devastated. Then one day in science class he learns about harnessing the power of electricity and conceives the idea of bringing Sparky back to life. He sews Sparky back together and waits for lightning to strike and by the force of nature (and maybe a little magic), his dog is once again alive!

Victor does his best to keep Sparky hidden from his family and classmates. However, this task is not easy because Spark is still an exuberant dog and gets out. More and more people become privy to his secret and that’s when the trouble begins!

I had the pleasure of attending the Frankenweenie premiere in Hollywood last week and was able to sit amongst the creators of the movie as well as the stars! The experience is one I will never forget. When the curtains opened and the film credits began to roll, I was on the edge of my seat with excitement! Frankenweenie lived up to my expectations and then some. This film is the very first stop motion animation to be filmed in black & white and 3D. It was pure magic!

Normally I don’t watch black and white movies or the classics, but after watching Frankenweenie, I feel like I need to check out these classic horror films that inspired this movie. I think this film will inspire kids to do the same and give them a new appreciation for the classics.

The most lovable character was Sparky himself. I almost shed a tear when he was hit by car and felt bad every time his ear or tail fell off. He’s just a simple dog that loves his family.  The funniest character was Elsa Van Helsing voiced by Winona Ryder. She was freaky looking and acts strangely in a dark humour kind of way. I got a kick out of watching her scenes especially the ones where she talks about her cat’s dreams!

I’ve had a few people ask me if they should bring their kids to see Frankenweenie. I have an 8 year old daughter and I would be comfortable letting her watch it and in fact, I think it will be a movie she will really like. There a few scary scenes especially when Sparky is hit by the car that might upset younger kids or kids that are very sensitive. I think kids 7 and up would be fine watching it and maybe even younger but it depends on their nature.

Halloween is this month and I think it would be a perfect “scary” movie for older kids to watch in anticipation for the holiday!

Did You Know?

  • When Tim Burton originally conceived the idea for “Frankenweenie,” he envisioned it as a full-length, stop-motion animated film. Due to budget constraints, he instead directed it as a live-action short, released in 1984.
  • “Frankenweenie” follows in the footsteps of Tim Burton’s other stop-motion animated films “Corpse Bride” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas”—both of which were nominated for Academy Awards®.
  • Over 200 puppets and sets were created for the film.
  • The voice cast includes four actors who worked with Burton on previous films: Winona Ryder (“Beetlejuice,” “Edward Scissorhands”), Catherine O’Hara (“Beetlejuice,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas”), Martin Short (“Mars Attacks!”) and Martin Landau (“Ed Wood,” Sleepy Hollow”).
  • Several of the character names—Victor, Elsa Van Helsing, Edgar “E” Gore and Mr. Burgemeister— were inspired by classic horror films.

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FRANKENWEENIE arrives in theatres everywhere on October 5th!

*I received an all expenses paid trip to Los Angeles in order to participate in this event. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own.*

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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