Doug Goodman

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Frankenweenie Redux

Posted by douggoodman on October 3, 2012 at 7:30 PM

I wanted to post this and give everyone a chance to check out Tim Burton's original Frankenweenie before the one came out Friday.  I watched this short film (30 minutes) last year, and I thought it was pretty clever, even if a bit cheesy.  It is especially memorable when you think that this was one of the first things Tim Burton made (way back in 1984), and he made it for Disney and was promptly fired for it.  Apparently kids got scared watching this short film, which is almost laughable to think about now.  I think it is safe to say Frankenweenie was before its time.  The movie just needed 30 years of Beetlejuices, Edward Scissorhandses, Sleepy Hollows, Batmans, and Alice in Wonderlands to make audiences not feel so disturbed by his style.  Fast forward 30 years, and Frankenweenie will probably be the number one film in America this weekend.  Life has a nice way of twisting around like the stark spirals in a Tim Burton movie, and this is certainly the case with Frankenweenie.


Seeing this movie on YouTube makes me wonder why we don't call the 2012 movie a reimagining or a redux or something like that.  Surely redoing a 30-year old movie in stop-motion should count as a reimagining, right? At least it wasn't a prequel...


Oh, and it is crazy seeing Shelley Duvall again.  I think she fits right in with Tim Burton's "rogues gallery," don't you?


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