Synopsis: Young Victor conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences.
Release Date: October 5, 2012
Thoughts: Tim Burton revisits one of his earliest works and gives it the stop-motion treatment. I vividly remember seeing the live-action version of this from 1984 (with Barret Oliver, Shelley Duvall, and Daniel Stern) and quite enjoying it’s slightly macabre view of suburbia and the afterlife. Burton would, of course, go on to explore these very topics in Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands but it was with the original Frankenweenie that his directional eye and style were born. Do track the original down before October when the new version arrives. I continue to be impressed with Burton’s stop-motion animated films and am less impressed with his live-action work. I miss the Burton who enjoyed working on a soundstage with large set pieces to create his fantastical worlds. With the animated films, he can explore that fantasy of pushing the boundaries, I only hope he can get back to his original style for his next flick utilizing real actors (that would be May’s Dark Shadows)