How much did my 6-year-old daughter love Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie? When I asked her to try to measure her feelings for the flick she stretched her arms out as far as possible and said, “this much, wait more, but I can only reach this far.”
She was so enchanted with the film that she has decided that she is going to go as one of the characters, Weird Girl, for Halloween. But my girl loves the spooky, off kilter and wacky. When I asked her if her fellow friends and 1st graders would like it she said, “it would be too scary. But Violet would love it and so would Caroline! They like spooky stuff.” I asked her how old she thought kids should be to see Frankenweenie. Her answer was “eight or nine.” And I would have to agree, unless you have a Tim Burton loving lad or lass like mine.
So why else should you go to see Frankenweenie besides the ringing endorsement of my six-year-old? Here are five reasons why right here:
Artistry 1 of 5I was extremely lucky to have had the privilege to go to the London set of Frankenweenie last year and you know what? It was stunning. Seeing the care, the crazy amount of detail, the awesome artistry at work to make the puppets, props and sets was totally impressive. A year later, it was amazing to finally see the finished product in all it's big screen black-and-white 3D glory. But the story is compelling and the stop-motion animation so fluid and slick that you completely forget you are watching dolls being meticulously moved in a series of millions of motions. If you are anywhere near Disneyland between now and November 5th, you must check out the The Art of Frankenweenie, an exhibit of props, sets, puppets and original sketches from the movie to see how it was made. You can check out more about the exhibit right here.
Science! 2 of 5One thing that as a parent I really appreciated was the big message about the importance of science in the film. At one point a science teacher - Mr. Rzykruski voiced by film legend Martin Landau - said about society's skepticism of science that, "they like what science gives them but not the questions." Adding later, "your country needs more scientists." This is a message that is very true and perhaps will be inspiration for young viewers. Let's hope so!
Very Tim Burton 3 of 5If you are a Tim Burton fan, than you will love and I mean LOVE this movie. It's has all the "gothie" details that fans have grown to love, it has humor and it has heart. Tim Burton's artistic style is one of the highlights of the film, from the quirky details of the characters to the his collaboration with composer and cohort Danny Elfman.
Story 4 of 5Although the artistry of the film is at the forefront, at the heart of the film is it's enchanting and entertaining narrative. The film was inspired by Tim Burton's original short which he produced back in 1984. It was a story that had stuck with him for almost thirty years and now he finally got to flesh out his vision into a full length feature. Although not autobiographic, it's a personal story: the school that the protagonist Victor goes to based on the school's of Burton's youth, New Holland looks eerily similar to Burton's hometown of Burbank, you can totally see Victor as a young version of Burton and the original story was based on Burton losing his own beloved dog.
Old School Black & White 5 of 5It's not everyday you get to see a big screen animated film in black-and-white and in 3D, actually it's something you've NEVER seen before. This is the first of it's kind. And while kids might otherwise roll their eyes about seeing a black-and-white, they'll be sold on the style after seeing Frankeweenie. It may also inspire kids to see old classic black-and-white horror movies like Bela Lugosi's Dracula, Vincent Price's House on Haunted Hill or The Fly, a genre that played a big inspiration for Frankenweenie.
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