Preview: Frankenweenie (2012)


Tim Burton takes on a feature length version of the short film that set him on a course towards fame about a young boy who attempts to resurrect his late, beloved pet like Dr. Frankenstein raised his monster.

  • Poster: B


The year of simple evocations of a film's themes is a nice respite to the past years' unnecessarily busy wrecks. You don't have a lot to look at here, but every piece of the image has importance, which is what great designs require.

  • Trailer: C / C


It's a fairly morose story for an animated feature, but this tribute to Frankenstein teeters on the edge of homage and mimicry. After The Corpse Bride and Alice in Wonderland, I don't think the combinations of animation and fantasy give me enough confidence in the film to take this trailer at more than face value, which is fairly unexceptional.

Expanding the narrative in a new trailer doesn't always shine a ray of hope on a film that didn't look great to begin with. I can now see how Burton is expanding his original short film, but I have yet to find something in these trailers that have made me think that I will enjoy the film.

Oscar Prospects:

Depending on how good the film is, it could be a Best Animated Feature contender and could possibly even show up in Best Origianl Score.

Release Date:

  • October 5, 2012