For those of you who have never seen Director Tim Burton’s (“Edward Scissorhands“, “The Nightmare Before Christmas”, “Beetlejuice) 1984 short film “Frankenweenie“, this might be the perfect Halloween treat.
The story follows the 1931 James Whale horror classic, with the twist that a young boy named Victor brings his dog, Sparky, back to life after an unfortunate incident in which Sparky is run over by a car (implied, not graphic; my 10-year old watched this film no problem and I’m picky about her seeing graphic violence on film. Also, it has a happy ending, Tim Burton style).
Produced by Disney Pictures, Frankenweenie was Burton’s first film. The film, shot in glorious black-and-white is a parody/homage of the original “Frankenstein”. Disney apparently fired Burton after it saw the film for wasting company resources and making a film too scary for young audiences (according to Wikipedia). Burton, of course, went on to become a much celebrated director and now Disney has hired him to remake the film as a 3-D stop-motion feature length film. Such is the life of an artist.
The 25-minute film features an early performance by Shelly Duvall, among other actors. You can see the entire short on youtube in 3-parts by Googling “Frankenweenie youtube“. Watch the one that is in 3-parts.
If your a fan of classic James Whale horror films and/or a Burton fan, this is a real treat. If not, then just skip it.