Frankenweenie

I watched this movie the other night and it was fairly entertaining. It is definitely a dark movie ( I had forgotten it was by Tim Burton) and not for children under 8 or 9 I would say. It was in black & white, which  gave it a really creepy feel. Apparently it is the full length version of a short that Burton had made earlier on in his movie career. It is the story of a young boy, Victor Frankenstein, whose best friend is his dog that, alas, is hit by a car and dies. Victor is so upset that he takes an idea from his science teacher, and uses electricity and lightning during a thunderstorm to bring his dog Sparky back to life. Of course it works, and Victor tries to keep Sparky hidden, but the cat is soon let out of the bag by a really creepy classmate reminiscent of Igor from the movie Frankenstein. Chaos ensues during the town’s Dutch Day festival as several of Victor’s classmates bring their dead pets back to life. There are some funny parts, and the requisite clueless parents who do finally rally ’round Victor in the end. It is definitely for a young patron who likes horror flicks.

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