In Theaters: October 5, 2012
I am going to be perfectly honest and say that I’ve never seen The Nightmare Before Christmas. These types of movies aren’t my normal cup of tea. When I saw Frankenweenie being promoted, many said it reminded them of The Nightmare Before Christmas, so I wasn’t sure it would be my type of movie. I was invited to see Frankenweenie a little before it came out and figured I’d check it out. I must admit it wasn’t what I expected and I really enjoyed it….a lot!
The movie follows Victor Frankenstein (Charlie Tahan), who is the kid a lot of us can relate to. He loves his dog and his dog is loyal, doing anything for him. While Victor is in school, he is approached by Weird Girl (Catherine O’Hara) and her cat, Mr. Whiskers.
“When Mr. Whiskers dreams about you, something big will happen.”
Victor blew off the the comment because she was, well, weird. Soon though, big things were happening. Although he wasn’t the best at baseball, he hit a home run! When the ball went out of the park, his loyal dog, Sparky went running after it. This is where the “something big” really comes into play. His beloved pup is hit by a passing car.
Victor is devastated with the death of his best friend. He thinks back to science class, where his new teacher was showing them how a frog moved after being electrocuted. Victor decides he wants to try to bring his best friend back to life, going to the pet cemetery to dig him up and bring him back home.
After conducting a science experiment of his own, Sparky comes back to “life”. Victor tries to hide his dog from everyone, since, well, most people wouldn’t understand. It doesn’t take long and his classmates find out, then decide they want to bring their pets back to life. This doesn’t go as well as Sparky’s revival.
Luckily Victor is smart and quick to realize what he needs to do to keep these animals from destroying his town. Sparky comes through, helping to save the town and Victor. Although the town originally was trying to..uumm…rekill Sparky, they soon realized he wasn’t like the other animals and were happy to have him.
My 9 year old daughter and I saw the movie together. She said she really liked it, but there were some parts that kind of freaked her out. Well, that’s expected with this type of movie. I thought it was a great movie and the audience was laughing and gasping together, which is always a sign of a good show.
I will never look at sea monkeys the same. That is all. To understand what I mean, you need to see the movie for yourself!
Disclosure: I received entry into the Frankenweenie movie in order to give my feedback of the movie. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.