Half-term family films: Frankenweenie
Tim Burton's animated homage to horror is perfect for Hallowe'en
Just another cheery feelgood flick from Tim Burton, full of sunshine and smiles...
Only joking, this is the master of modern macabre we are talking about here. Burton’s latest oeuvre is a noir-ish stop-motion animation shot in gloriously gloomy black and white. The ghoulish children of sinister suburb New Holland are desperate to win the local science fair, which for young Victor Frankenstein means meddling with his recently deceased doggie, Sparky. When word gets out about Victor’s experiment, his classmates opt to try their hand at reanimation too, with monstrous results. Based on his 1984 short film of the same name, Burton has taken a step back in time for this, eschewing trusty rent-a-kook Johnny Depp and opting instead for the vocal talents of Winona Ryder. The spine-tingling Danny Elfman score, understated dialogue and homage to classic horror will please film fans, while creepy characters and sharp, laugh-out-loud visual gags will keep children entertained. Some of the film’s spookier scenes may prove a tad fearsome for very young viewers, but, hey, you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.
Frankenweenie (PG) is in cinemas from October 17; see the trailer at www.disney.co.uk/frankenweenie
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