Frankenweenie is a fable about a young boy named Victor Frankenstein who loses his dog to an unfortunate car accident. Not to be outdone by nature and death, Victor uses his scientific mind to bring Sparky back to life. Reunited with his re-animated dog, hijinx ensue as a dastardly collection of neighbors slowly become aware of the scientific experiment that took place to bring Sparky back to life.
With well-placed voice performers and a stunning visual style that remains specifically Tim Burton’s own, Frankenweenie delivers what we have have come to expect from the creator of The Nightmare Before Christmas and The Corpse Bride. The characters are memorable and visually reminiscent of Burton’s characters from his book The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories . The majority of the characters in this story are culled from horror archetypes and are infused with humor, which, combined with Burton’s knack for funny and snappy dialogue, makes for a very entertaining movie experience. All of the characters are voiced perfectly, but a special nod is due to Martin Landau, who delivers a great performance as the wonderfully creepy science teacher Mr. Rzykruski, mentor to the young Victor.
Equal parts homage to a golden age of horror movies and enjoyable family film, Frankenweenie is a playful and endearing Halloween flick that with have parents and children alike totally engaged.
Frankenweenie opens today in Philly-area theaters.