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What to know: Young Victor conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences.
Recommended age 8-13
87 minutes
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I thought this movie was awesome because it had lots of action and it was really funny too. It was even cooler because it was done in 3D and it was also pretty neat that the whole movie was in black and white. This movie is all about a kid named Victor who has a dog named Sparky and Sparky is Victor's best friend. Sadly, Victor's dog Sparky gets hit by a car and Victor is really sad. One day in Science class his teacher gives him an idea on how he can bring his dog back to life. So he goes home to try it and it works! The 3D was awesome because it made everything pop out. My favorite part in 3D was when Victor brought Sparky back to life because there was thunder coming straight at me. But I wish there was more 3D because I always feel like they don't put enough 3D in the movie. The main characters in the movie are Victor, Sparky, Mrs. and Mr. Frankenstein, Bob, Weird girl, Edgar, and Mr. Burgemeister. My favorite character in the movie is Victor because he cares so much about his dog and he goes through a huge adventure to save him. He is also a really smart and funny character. My favorite part is when the bully's and some other people use Victor's idea and makes dead things of their own come alive. Of course the things they try to bring back from the dead don't turn out right because they didn't make them out of love like Victor did. The next thing you know there's a 70 foot turtle, a bat cat, a weird thing I can't explain, and there are sea monkeys that can come on land. It was really crazy. I would recommend this movie for ages 4 and up because my sister saw it and she thought it was a good movie. There were some scary parts that kids under 4 might not like. Overall it was a great film and I would highly recommend this movie for you. Go out and see this in theaters on October 5. Anthony Aranda, age 10, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

I am reviewing Tim Burton's new Disney film, Frankenweenie. I absolutely LOVED this movie! It was a heartwarming and hilarious that I thoroughly enjoyed. Frankenweenie is a touching story about a boy named Victor and his dog Sparky. When Victor sadly loses his dog in an accident, he is heartbroken, but then he becomes determined to bring his dog back to life with the power of science. He has to hide his creation from everyone because people would freak out if they knew he had brought his dead dog back to life. But when Sparky gets out, Victor's fellow students, teachers and the entire town have to stop the monstrous destruction of the town. Victor (Charlie Tahan) is a smart and clever 10-year old boy who loves science, making films, and inventing things in his attic. He lives with his parents and his dog Sparky in the town of New Holland. Sparky is a fun-loving and playful dog who loves his owner Victor very much. He loves chasing after balls and being the star of Victor's homemade movies. Mr. Frankenstein (Martin Short) is Victor's dad, a friendly talent agent who is very outgoing and who likes to give advice to his son. He is proud of Victor's accomplishments, but he is concerned he doesn't have any friends besides Sparky. He would prefer his son to be more social and he encourages him to join the baseball team. Victor's mom, Mrs. Frankenstein (Catherine O'Hara) is a loving and supportive mother who encourages her son to do what he loves most, which is science. She loves her family, reading books and watching movies with her husband. All of the actor's performances were fantastic including Atticus Shaffer, who plays Brick on the sitcom "The Middle" film star Winona Ryder and Oscar winner Martin Landeau. The thing I love the most about this movie is that it is a stop motion picture. Stop motion picture means that each character is a puppet and the animator must stop and position the puppet and take a picture each time, and once that is all put together, it creates filmed action. I thought the stop motion picture in this movie came out great. What's really interesting is that all of the characters from Frankenweenie are based on Tim Burton's very own drawings. This movie was very funny, heartfelt and packed with action. To make it even better, this movie is in 3D. Even though it is rated PG, there were some parts that were a little scary and honestly a little creepy! I really think Frankenweenie will appeal to adults because of the relatable humor. I recommend this movie for anyone from the age of 6-70 years old. I am giving this movie a 5 out of 5 stars! You can see Frankenweenie in theaters October 5. Trust me you don't want to miss seeing this movie. Talia Rashba, age 11, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

Tim Burton has done it again, Frankenweenie is a masterpiece of a movie. It's very odd, touching and funny. When young and intelligent Victor Frankenstein loses his best friend Sparky unexpectedly, he will do anything to get his dog back. But, when his wacky peers find out Victor has been resurrecting the dead, things take a turn for the worse. I love this film. It's so touching, in fact, I almost cried twice! It's also hilarious and very odd. I just think the design of the characters in Victor's class are so odd that every time I saw them my brother and I burst out laughing. I love the visuals in this film. It is very dark and creepy. And the fact that it is shown in black-and-white makes it twice as frightening. All of the characters have bags under their eyes and slouch so it gives them all a very creepy feel. There is one character named Weird Girl whose eyes are so big and she look hilarious. Even if the scene wasn't funny, I couldn't help but laugh at her. I really enjoy all of the main characters equally. They are all so odd and creepy, like I said before. They all have such different and wacky personalities. But I do really like Victor because he is so determined to bring Sparky back to life and even though he doesn't have any friends, he is still a happy kid. I also like Edgar E. Gore, I'm pretty sure he is just a young Egore. He is so funny and had the funniest face and hands and he always gave me the chills. I also really like Weird Girl because she had this perfect little white cat named Mr. Whiskers who has the same eyes had her, and the two make a strangely funny duo. And last but not least, I love the evil hamster Colossus. Even though he is only in the film for about 10 minutes, I think he is hilarious!! Frankenweenie also has a wonderful message. When Victor brings back Sparky it works because he does it with a good intention. But when his classmates attempt to bring back other animals, it goes horribly wrong because their intentions are to win the science far and their projects end up being evil. The message tells us to always do things with a good intention. I don't have a favorite scene because the whole movie is great, and I absolutely give Frankenweenie 5 out of 5 stars. But, when it comes to the age range, I'm a little stumped. This movie is fantastic for all ages in some parts, and can be pretty disturbing in others. Especially in the end of the movie, I got pretty disturbed. And after the movie had ended their was a little girl crying in the bathroom. So I would say it's for ages 10 and up, unless the child has seen other films that may seem a bit mature for them. Over all, Frankenweenie is a must see, and it's just in time for Halloween! Raven Devanney, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

I just finished watching the prescreening of Frankenweenie at the El Capitan theater in Hollywood. This is a great movie if you want a little Halloween fright and scare. This was Director Tim Burton's debut for Disney and I must say I really enjoyed this movie but it was kind of creepy. This is a stop-motion animation black and white 3D movie. This was originally a short that Tim Burton did in 1984. It took him 27 years to bring this to the big screen in a full-length motion picture format. The dog Sparky is my favorite character. The way the puppeteers brought him to life and acting like a real dog is amazing. Especially when you think that the originally Sparky is only 4 inches tall and all of the rest of the set was built around him. All the puppets took 24 movements to just capture 1 second of film. That's crazy. Martin Landau played the science teacher and he did a great job. The way he described lightning is hysterical and he is Victors mentor. Catherine O'Hare, Martin Short and Winona Ryder, bring the voices of the characters to life. The voices were all very believable. This movie is about a boy, Victor, and his dog Sparky. Sparky acts like a real dog and his favorite thing to do is to chase balls, however, he does have a crush on the dog next door. Victor Frankenstein who was heartbroken for having caused Sparky's mishap decides he must see Sparky again. Once you get to know Sparky you will see that the name totally fits him. My least favorite character is Mr. Whiskers as vampire-cat. He is way too creepy and tries to kill Sparky. Don't you just hate it when people copy- cat you. Wait till you see what Victory's classmates do. Edgar "E" Gore and weird girl are my favorite kids. I enjoyed how other monsters got mixed into the story. I loved the whole disaster of characters, from Mummies and Godzilla, to vampires , Sea Monkeys, rats, gremlins and all the monsters. The monster rampage through the festival is tons of fun. You'll recognize many of you favorite monsters too. I give it 4 twinkling stars. The age range is 7 and up. Anybody younger could find this a little too scary and it might make them cry. Morgan Bertsch, age 7, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

This Scary stop-motion animated movie will have your hair stand up while watching this movie. Victor Frankenstein voice by Charlie Tahan is a bookworm who loves science. He lives in a small town name New Holland. His only real friend is his dog Sparky. Victor's Mom (Catherine O'Hara) and dad (Martin Short) are both very supportive of his hobbies, which is making movies. However, his dad wanted him to be outside more and play a sport. He was able to convince Victor to play Baseball. This is where Victor lost his best friend Sparky. My favorite part of this movie is to see how Victor is surrounded by his classmates and teachers. They are Elsa (Winona Ryder), Toshiaki (James Hiroyuki Liao), Edgar (Atticus Shaffer) and Weird Girl (Dee Bradley Baker), who believes that her cat poops can predict the future. However, Victor favorite person is his new science teacher Mr. Rzykruski (Martin Landau.) Mr. Ryskruski science lecture gives Victor the idea of using Lightnings to bring back life and Victor is able to bring back Sparky. However, his classmates copy his formula and created "Mad Science." The message in this movie is science is neither good nor bad. It's what you make of it. It can be bad if you have bad intention. It can be very good if you heart is in the right place. Science comes from the head to the heart. The quality of the stop-motion animated is unbelievable. Each characters are made out of clay and they are able to make it comes to live. The awesome cinematography, the light and shadows, create a very spooky scary horror black and white movie. The only part I did not like is when Sparky is hurt. It is too hard to watch your best friend hit by a car. My favorite character is the Weird Girl. She is so funny with her cat poops. I rank this movie 4 out of 5 stars, due to some scary parts. I give this age ranged 8 and up. Cheyenne Nguyen, age 8, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

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