I don't know, I just can"t. As cute as a cinema and fantasmagoria lover homage it could have been, the rather disgusting clichés and some real lack of substance are killing it, as far as I'm concerned.
An acclaimed director produces an animated black and white thriller for a massive studio. This is daring and risky, to say the least, but somehow it worked. The stop-motion style of Tim Burton gives a new life to his 1984 short, but I didn't enjoyed as much as I hoped. Maybe a couple of views would change my mind.
Ever since I watched the short for "Frankenweenie" I loved Sparky and Victor and thought this is an heartwarming tale, and although I think this is a return to "classic" Burton and the best he's made in a long time, I felt like he played it a bit too safe. I enjoyed the "references" to other classic horror movies, the characters but still don't think it surpasses the first "Frankenweenie".
After the absolute disaster that was Alice and the so-so Dark Shadows, it's good to see Burton come back to a much more visually complex movie. It's not a great Burton - it seems that his universe has to have an increasing number of monsters, characters and sub-plots to keep the attention of the spectator - and it doesn't surpass the 1984 short, but he proves himself at ease in Frankenstein territory (as expected).
The first 50mins or so are fairly good, but the final act lost me. Just wasn't interested in a big action set-piece. He did a similar thing with "Alice in Wonderland"; gave it a boring action finale. But I'll tell you what, the characters are great (that cat), and it looks absolutely gorgeous. All the shadows with the black and white... beautiful! Really beautiful! Loved the art direction.
I enjoyed Burton's visuals and atmosphere here. He took a dark subject and turned it into a heartwarming film with plenty of classic horror references. But I thought it was a little bit too conventional.
Thought it was great. Beautifully animated in a much rougher way than Corpse Bride, and I thought that made it even more interesting. Well enough written story and cool characters (Mr. Whiskers!). I mean, I don't care if he's uninspired or not, I still like Burton. Just hope he'll come back to an ambitious project like Edward Scissorhands was.
Tim Burton has remade his own 1984 short film, FRANKENWEENIE, and the result is his strongest film in nearly a decade. Burton has always been best when directing his own material, and this tale of a young boy who brings his beloved dog back from the dead is exactly the kind of macabre sentimentalism at which Burton excels. Steeped in Burton's love of classic horror, this is Burton squarely in his element.