Frankenweenie 3D | Chicago Reader

Frankenweenie 3D

Rated PG 87 minutes 2012

With his early live-action short Frankenweenie (1984), Tim Burton paid loving tribute to the classic Universal monster movies and to amateur filmmaking; with this slick feature-length animation he seems to be paying loving tribute to himself. Essentially a greatest hits exercise, it has animated characters resembling those from The Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride, a squeaky suburban setting that recalls Edward Scissorhands, and father-son schmaltz straight out of Big Fish. (Martin Landau, giving voice to one of the characters, even affects a Hungarian accent as he did in Ed Wood.) Missing, however, are the authentic feelings of morbidity and alienation that once made Burton an interesting filmmaker. With the voices of Martin Short, Catherine O'Hara, and Winona Ryder.

Film Credits

Official Site: disney.go.com/frankenweenie

Director: Tim Burton

Producer: Tim Burton, Allison Abbate and Don Hahn

Cast: Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan, Atticus Shaffer, Winona Ryder, Robert Capron, Conchata Ferrell, James Liao and Tom Kenny

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