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Disney’s Frankenweenie, directed by acclaimed filmmaker, (and a personal favourite of mine) Tim Burton, tells a simple story of the love between a boy and his dog.

When Sparky the dog chases a baseball into the road and gets hit by a car, the devastation at the loss of his best friend inspires Victor; a budding scientist to bring his best friend back to life. Overjoyed but wary, Victor tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor’s fellow students, teachers and the entire town all learn that getting a new “leash on life” can be monstrous.

Frankenweenie is full of heart, spirit and big laughs! It is an absolute credit to Tim Burton’s ability as a film maker that he can create such warmth and intimacy using puppets. The relationships that he creates between the characters, for instance between Victors mum and dad, and at centre stage, of course, Victor’s relationship with Sparky are so relatable that I had a real reaction to the story. I cried. A lot.

Developed from an idea Burton had way back in the 80s, Frankenweenie is a stop-motion animation that rivals A Nightmare Before Christmas. Burton chose to shoot in black and white and rendered in 3D to fully showcase the amazing puppets and sets, that I was lucky enought to see at 56th BFI LFF Exhibition. Aesthetically it has the Burton stamp, but this time he is back at his best. And with voices by the likes of Winona Ryder (yay!) and Martin Landau- fans of Burton will be in heaven!

This heart-warming family horror is certainly a treat this Halloween.

USA Release: 
20th September 2012 Rating: 
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UK Release Date: 
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
USA Release Date: 
Thursday, September 20, 2012