I was lucky enough to attend the premiere of Frankenweenie in Los Angeles a few weeks ago but now it’s your turn! Now in a theater near you, Disney’s Frankenweenie is a great movie to watch with your family. This heartwarming, black and white stop motion animated movie is sure to delight audiences young and old. Grab your pair of 3D glasses and enter the world of New Holland based loosely on Director’s Tim Burton’s childhood neighborhood in California. If I am going to be totally honest, I didn’t think I would like this movie. I thought I would sit there and be bored because it’s in black and white but was I wrong. The black and white aspect of the movie only added to it’s charm and because it is in 3D you really get instantly drawn in and connected to the characters and the charming story.
Frankenweenie is the story about Victor (Charlie Tahan) and his beloved dog, Sparky. One day Sparky dies in a tragic accident and it leaves Victor longing to be reunited with his best friend. Victor learns from his science teacher (Martin Landau) how to make a dead frog’s leg move using electricity. This “sparks” an idea and Victor comes up with a plan to bring Sparky back to life. Amazingly it works! Boy and dog are together again.
Everything is great when Sparky first comes back to life……until Edgar “E” Gore (Atticus Shaffer) finds out and tells some of his classmates. That’s when the craziness ensues.
Frankenweenie is packed with lovable characters such as Elsa Van Helsing’s (Winona Ryder) and her precious poodle, Persephone, who gets “zapped” and ends up with “bride of Frankenstein” hair.
But I think my favorite quirky characters are Weird Girl (Catherine O’Hara) and her cat, Mr. Whiskers, who is able to predict the future in a most unexpected way. I won’t tell you how but it had me laughing.
Frankenweenie didn’t just have me laughing. I’ll admit I cried a little, too. I am an animal lover at heart so watching Victor lose his dog really tugged at my heart. This movie is rated PG and I suggest using your discretion when bringing small children. I know my older daughter would have enjoyed this movie at any age but my younger daughter was more sensitive as a preschooler and might have been upset when Sparky died. Now that they are 6 and 8, we are all looking forward to going to the theater tomorrow to see it. I know they are going to love it as much as I do.
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Disclosure: Thank you to Disney who paid for transportation, food, and accommodations for this event. No other compensation was given. All opinions are 100% my own.