Big, sweet, dark comic fun with Frankenweenie

Realizing I’ve been getting behind in the movie viewing again, so I’m happy to say that the schedule has allowed for some excursions into those dark rooms with a bunch of strangers and the aroma of popcorn. Little thing about me: I’m satisfied inhaling that salty, buttery popcorn scent but don’t order it myself, as popcorn = thirsty and thirsty = drink and drink = pee and pee = missing part of the movie. Also, as I’m getting older, I need to watch the salt intake. But it’s all good. And I digress.

Last night, I went with my pal Lizzie Violet to see Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie. This was something I was really looking forward to – not just because I’d be going to see it with a great friend, but because it was amazing that we were able to find a day we could both go. I’m usually a matinée gal and hadn’t been to an evening screening in a while – especially not on a Friday night – and the AMC at Dundas and Yonge was cookin’ with movie-goers.

There are so many fun surprises and neat things that pop up in Frankenweenie, that I don’t want to say much about it as it would put me into spoilerland. I will say that the characters are unlike any you’ll see in your neighbourhood, yet they are familiar. Even the neighbourhood itself is familiar, especially if you’re a fan of Tim Burton movies. Okay – I’ll say it: the neighbourhood reminded me of the one in Edward Scissorhands.

What I will say is that this is a big, sweet – often touching – darkly comic trip. The story goes something like this: Boy loves dog. Boy loses dog. Boy gets dog back again. All with a marvelous spooky twist because – as this is Tim Burton – it’s a horror fairytale.

Some of the cast is familiar too: Winona Ryder, Martin Landau and Christopher Lee, and Martin Short and Catherine O’Hara do multiple turns (notably as Victor’s parents), and Conchata Ferrell voices Bob’s mom. Young actors Charlie Tahan (as Victor), Atticus Shaffer, Robert Capron and James Hiroyuki Liao do an amazing job with the kids.

And I always enjoy the Danny Elfman soundtracks – magic and haunting.

Folks may remember the live action original version from 1984. Here’s a trailer for that:

And this is what it looks like in the 2012 animated movie:

Pretty cool, huh? A great time at the movies. For more info, check out Frankenweenie on IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1142977/

Up next: Sarah Polley’s documentary Stories We Tell.

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Author: life with more cowbell

Arts/culture social bloggerfly & Elwood P. Dowd disciple. Likes playing with words. A lot. Toronto

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