Summer is here. The time has arrived for film buffs to catch up on films they may have overlooked in recent months. Put Frankenweenie on that list, an overlooked Tim Burton feature with funkiness and flaws a plenty. Let’s dig up my review of Frankenweenie on Blu-ray in this edition of Disney In Depth.
The dog, man’s best friend. They possess the ceaseless loyalty, friendship and empathy that most humans only wish they could have. No wonder why the loss of a dog can bring about such sadness. Burton infuses immense passion and consideration into this pet project of his, finally adapted into this full-length, entirely stop-motion feature.
Greetings! This is Adam Frazier and you’re about to shipwreck yourself on Skull-Face Island, the official movie podcast of Geeks of Doom! As always I’m joined by the Damien’s Babysitter, producer Tim “It’s All For You” Grant. David Allen will be absent this week. He seems to have found himself in a pickle of sorts. I have a note here that was delivered to me by a baby pterodactyl earlier today. It reads as follows:
“Hey guys. Sorry I won’t be there this week. I was out and about looking for a Halloween gift for the two of you when it struck me. I’ll kill that damn Pterodactyl that’s always shitting on Tim and I’ll present the skull as a gift for the upcoming holiday. Well, things didn’t work out that well. In my attempt to kill the beast, I slipped on some of its aforementioned shit and was then tackled by the creature. Right now, I’m hovering above the island in the grips of the pterodactyl. Luckily I had a pen and paper and was able to write this note. These little pterodactyls are really nice. One has even promised to deliver this note. So, I’m sure I’ll be down in a bit. Or not, but whatever, I’m just enjoying the ride. Have a good show.”
Godspeed, David! Today on the Show: We’ll discuss Tim Burton‘s stop-motion animated film, Frankenweenie and Stephen Chbosky‘s The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Our friendly neighborhood robotic butler MAR-10 will provide us with the latest movie news, including Guillermo Del Toro‘s confirmation that he’s writing a script for his Frankenstein adaptation For Universal.
Frankenweenie, director Tim Burton‘s stop-motion comedic horror spoof, opened to a disappointing $11.4 million last weekend, representing American audiences’ disinterest in a black-and-white animated film about a boy who resurrects his beloved dog. The supposed early financial failure, or rather letdown, underscores an even larger issue in the film community.
Sadly, moviegoers just fail to resonate with material, or at least check out content, that differs from the norm. This edition of Disney In Depth highlights the many issues that have faced Frankenweenie, a satisfactory film mixed with cleverness and heart, but shocked by disinterest.
Hello Geeks and Ghouls, Famous Monster here. Well, it’s finally October and you know what that means? Breast Cancer Awareness 5Ks? Good guess. Pumpkin Spice Lattes? Delicious, but no. Halloween? YES. Horror movies? DOUBLE YES!
Welcome to 31 Days of Horror, where I’ll cover two noteworthy horror films a day for the entirety of the month. That’s 31 Days of Horror and 62 Films perfect for watching on a cold, dark October night. Be sure to visit Geeks of Doom every day this month for a double-shot of chills and thrills!
Today’s monstrous double feature includes James Whale‘s 1931 film, Frankenstein, and Tim Burton‘s latest film, Frankenweenie, now in theaters!
Directed by: Tim Burton
Written by: John August
Starring: Charlie Tahan, Frank Welker, Winona Ryder, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau, Atticus Shaffer
Walt Disney Pictures
Rated PG | 87 Minutes
Release Date: October 5, 2012
“I don’t want to be buried in a Pet Sematary, I don’t want to live my life again.” – The Ramones
From director Tim Burton (Ed Wood, Edward Scissorhands) comes Frankenweenie, an eerie, albeit heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog.
Based off Burton’s own 1984 live-action short film (which starred Daniel Stern and Shelley Duvall), Frankenweenie is a gothic, black-and-white love letter to Universal Studio’s classic horror pictures, including James Whale’s 1931 film, Frankenstein.
After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor Frankenstein (Charlie Tahan) harnesses the blasphemous power of science to bring his best friend back to life. A few bolts of lightning later, Sparky’s his old self again – with a few modifications, of course. Sparky’s a patchwork of skin and stitches now, complete with those iconic Boris Karloff bolts in his neck.