Never big on seeing movie clips before the actual movie releases, I had to check out what the fuss has been about for Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie. Back in the day, I wouldn’t have given a second thought in seeing a Tim Burton flick, but nowone could doubt Mr. Burton’s creative abilities – especially after Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alice in Wonderland, and Dark Shadows. Five clips have been released for Frakenweenie and although they erase some of my worries, I still reserve some precaution.
When I saw the first trailer, I didn’t get a great sense of what Frankenweenie was all about. There had to be more than just the protagonist bringing his dog back to life. As we can see in these new clips, there is a lot more to this story – which I’m happy about. What I thought was just going to be some cutesy tale about a a dog coming back to life is now looking like a darker adventure than once assumed.
Official plot synopsis for Frankenweenie:
After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life—with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor’s fellow students, teachers and the entire town all learn that getting a new “leash on life” can be monstrous.
Here in the first clip we are given a look into how the idea of reviving Sparky was conceived in the head of Victor. When the students in his class get a shocking lecture, it is at that moment we see the lightbulb go off in Victor’s head.
But would reviving Sparky bring something Victor could have never predicted? Perhaps Mr. Whiskers has something to say about that. This second clip shows Weird Girl relaying a premonition of her psychic cat.
We have seen the following clip snipped up in the trailers, but now the pieces are put together as it was meant to be seen. There is a lot more emotion to this clip too with the help of Danny Elfman’s score – what would a Tim Burton film be without him?
Of course you didn’t think Victor’s little secret would be kept hidden for long. One of his classmates, Edgar E. Gore, stops by the Frankenstien’s to reveal his awareness of Victor’s recent science project.
Once the truth gets out, other students begin their own experiments. But wouldn’t you know it, they all go horribly awry. What will Victor do in order to stop all the chaos?
The animation looks really well crafted and definitely has that Tim Burton flair to it. I feel like there is a lot more heart in this film than Burton’s recent accomplishments – this may be due to the fact that his was one of his first projects before he started working on major motion pictures.
I’d really like to know why they are pushing this Alice in Wonderland connection when this is more directly tied to Corpse Bride or better yet The Nightmare Before Christmas. I’m guessing it’s because Alice is more globally recognized so Disney expects to cash in on that aspect.
Frankenweeniebrings the voices of Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan, Atticus Shaffer, Robert Capron, Conchata Ferrell and Winona Ryder. Filmed in black and white, this film releases in 2D, 3D, RealD 3D, and IMAX 3D everywhere October 5.