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There’s an undeniable adorableness to Frankenweenie. The feature film based on a short film from very early in Tim Burton’s career is definitely a welcome return to form for the eccentric filmmaker. Most of us have had a pet that we’ve loved dearly that left us far too soon, and that kind of void can never be properly filled. When Victor loses Sparky, his best friend in the whole world, he brings him back using science.

What is a simple plot from a short film was brilliantly adapted to a full length feature film and one that is filled with an amazing voice cast and great performances. It’s got a lot of heart, and it’s easy to see how, out of an amazing crop of animated films in 2012, Frankenweenie garnered a best animated picture nomination. Let’s hope that Tim Burton has more of this in him and is ready to give Johnny Depp a break.


Official 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.

Frankenweenie Blu-ray Special Features:

  • 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


Stop motion is an incredibly complicated and fascinating process of filmmaking, and the special features highlight this process beautifully. This is going to be one of the more high quality blu-ray releases of a 2012 release and it’s available on Amazon right now.

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Hailing from Austin, Tx. J.C. is maybe the biggest fan of sports movies you'll ever see. He's got an affinity for great writing and two of his favorites are Aaron Sorkin and Shane Black. When he's not watching movies at home, he can be found watching movies at the Alamo Drafthouse. He occasionally tries to play video games, but he's not very good at them. Follow him on Twitter for witty tweets and pictures of his cats.