- 30 min
If you're a fan of director Tim Burton's work chances are good that you'll love his classic early film Frankenweenie. Even if you're not familiar with Mr Burton's other films it's hard not to like this wonderful little movie. Frankenweenie is a short film with a run time of approximately 30 minutes. The movie is shot in black and white and it is alternately funny and touching. Although it is definitely a family friendly movie very young children may find some scenes to be somewhat frightening. Overall however Frankenweenie is a feel-good movie that appeals to viewers of all ages. This film showcases Mr Burton's ability to tell an entertaining and engrossing tale with little time to spare. This movie focuses on the Frankenstein family and specifically young Victor Frankenstein's relationship with his dog Sparky. The budding B-movie maker's canine pal Sparky gets hit by a car and dies leaving Victor determined to bring him back to life. Young Victor Frankenstein is inspired in part by experiments that he performed in science class at school. After working with frogs and other creatures Victor becomes convinced that Sparky can indeed be restored to life through scientific experimentation and manipulation. In true Frankenstein fashion Sparky comes back to life and he and Victor are able to share more experiences. The reinvented Sparky complete with neck bolts and other monsterish features is misunderstood by the Frankenstein's neighbors and some of them are scared of the good-natured pooch. As with all of his films Tim Burton adds a host of quirky details and unusual perspectives to Frankenweenie. The cast in Frankenweenie includes Daniel Stern, Shelley Duvall and Barret Oliver. Great performances are delivered by all of the cast members and many movie fans regard this film as a cult classic of sorts. Among the legions of Tim Burton fans worldwide a sizeable number consider this early work to be one of his best movies. If you're looking for an interesting and unusual "feel-good" movie that viewers of all ages will appreciate Frankenweenie certainly does fit the bill. This Walt Disney Video production may be short in length but it sure does tell quite an entertaining tale. Frankenweenie is also closed-captioned.