OVERVIEW: Disney and creative genius Tim Burton (creator of “The Nightmare Before Christmas”) proudly announce the home entertainment debut of “Frankenweenie” arriving as a 4-Disc Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Digital and On Demand—January 8, 2013.
A must-add to any Tim Burton collection, the hilarious 3D stop-motion animated masterpiece is filled with quirky characters and unexpected twists. Boasting an electrifying variety of bonus materials, the4-Disc Combo Pack (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) includes an all-new original short “Captain Sparky vs The Flying Saucers”; an exciting behind-the-scenes featurette with Tim Burton “Miniatures in Motion: Bringing ‘Frankenweenie’ to Life”; a showcase of the film’s touring exhibit, “‘Frankenweenie’ Touring Exhibit”; Tim Burton’s original live-action short of the same name, and more.
SYNOPSIS: From Disney and creative genius Tim Burton (“Alice in Wonderland,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas”) comes the hilarious and offbeat “Frankenweenie,” a heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life—with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor’s fellow students, teachers and the entire town learn that getting a new ‘leash on life’ can be monstrous.
Tim Burton (Dark shadows,
2012) and Disney team-up for Frankenweenie, the 3D stop-motion
animation remake of the director's early short film. After
coming off of a disappointing Alice in Wonderland, one would
think that Burton wore out his welcome in the animation arena by
now, but with this release, it seems as though this is not the
case. Frankenweenie is enchanting, stylish and loaded with
child-friendly zest; perfect for the Halloween season. It is so
nice how he has created such a visually stylized world with such
radically designed characters, and how he's able to make them
come alive on the big screen.
On the other hand, if you find
this style of animation a bit jarring and have high hopes of
Burton to reinventing his style, you're not going to get it with
this latest release. As always he implements lots of his
trademark ghoulish antics and if that Tim Burton type of look is
getting on your last nerve, then Frankenweenie probably will not
help your developing disdain. In addition, you might as well
save yourself the extra dough you might be tempted to dish out
for the 3D feature. Just see it in 2D because in the opening
sequence there is a cute little gag concerning little Victor's
homemade 3D monster movie, but anything past that little
visually-interesting blip, I would suggest that the visual
experience, is as basic as movie-going gets.
Overall this latest Tim Burton
feature is an interesting flick, and I think it's appropriate
for most ages with the exception for a few scenes that I found a
bit daunting. One was the way in which Victor’s dog appeared
in the scenes after being revived from the dead and the other
was a scene with a horrid death by falling debris
More than anything, what
Frankenweenie has on its side is appeal and sophistication. This
is an extraordinary film, which is well developed and is a real
pleasure to watch. There is a beautiful quality to seeing these
puppets come to life on the big screen and my hat is off to
Burton on this latest effort. The movie deserves three and a
half (out of five) for creativity and visual effects.
By Movie-Man Stan
The film is
presented in widescreen in a 1.85:1 aspect ration preserving its
theatrical format. The picture is just flawless. Not only the
picture looks great in this release, also the sound it is good,
a 7.1 Dolby Digital in English that provides a good complement
to the picture. It also includes English
and Spanish subtitles.
Widescreen (1.85:1) 16x9
English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, English DVS 2.0 Dolby Digital, French 7.1 DTS-HDHR, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital
Subtitles - English Spanish
All New Original Short:
“Captain Sparky vs The Flying Saucers”—An exciting all-new short featuring Victor and Sparky’s home movie.
“Miniatures In Motion:
Bringing ‘Frankenweenie’ To Life”—Viewers get an in-depth tour of the London set that includes never-before-seen footage showcasing the hundreds of artists who worked on the film.
“Frankenweenie” Touring Exhibit—Allows audiences to explore the artistry of the film’s puppets, sets and props in a showcase that’s traveling the world.
“Frankenweenie” Original Live Action Short—Burton’s original live-action short film.
Music Video—“Pet Sematary” performed by Plain White T’s
“Captain Sparky vs The Flying Saucers”
“Miniatures In Motion: Bringing ‘Frankenweenie’ To Life”
“Frankenweenie” Touring Exhibit
“Frankenweenie” (original Live-Action Short)
“Pet Sematary” Music Video performed by Plain White T’s