Disney’s FRANKENWEENIE Bluray Review

Frankenweenie combo pack

The latest feature film from Walt Disney Pictures and Tim Burton Animation, Frankenweenie, was released to
4 Disc Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Digital and On Demand yesterday, January 8, 2013.

The stop-motion Frankenweenie was an immediate success when it hit theaters last fall as a “plussed” revival of Tim Burton’s 1984 live-action short by the same title. Burton’s original effort featured a young boy named Victor Frankenstein who uses the power of science to bring his beloved, deceased dog Sparky back to life. (You can view a clip here; also included in the Combo Pack.)

I viewed the movie with my kids over the weekend, and I had to agree with the critics: This is one of Burton’s best works. The allusions to classic fright fests are brilliantly done! I’m not a big fan of modern horror flicks, but I get a kick out of the silliness of old scary movies, and I thought Mr. Burton did a wonderful job working in so many references in Frankenweenie. I could clearly see the Hunchback of Notre Dame in the Edward character, Dracula in the cat/bat, Godzilla in Shelley the turtle, Gremlins in the sea monkeys, and of course, traditional Frankenstein in Victor and Sparky and throughout the film.

 

My teenager was entertained and appreciated all the classic film references too, but my younger two weren’t as impressed. My daughter, who’s nine, did not like the movie at all. She thought the characters looked creepy and it was just too sad that Sparky died twice. My youngest (age seven), however, got a kick out of the whole thing. He didn’t know the old film cues, but he liked it all, even without that frame of reference. He thought it was sad that Sparky died (and laughed that I cried about it!), but it didn’t bother him, because he knew Victor would bring him back to life. All in all, a great film for the whole family!

The Combo Pack includes some cool extras, like the video of Burton’s 1984 clip, an all-new original short, a behind-the-scenes featurette with Tim Burton of how the film was made, a showcase of the film’s touring exhibit, and a “Pet Semetary” music video performed by the Plain White T’s.

Add the Frankenweenie 4-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack to your video library today. Suggested retail prices are 4-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack $49.99 US/$56.99 Canada; 2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack $39.99 US/$46.99 Canada; and 1-Disc DVD $29.99 US/$35.99 Canada. Rated PG in the United States and Canada. Feature run time is 87 minutes.

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Jodi Whisenhunt is the author of MAGICAL MOUSE SCHOOLHOUSE: Learn While You Play at Walt Disney World Resort, and operates a blog by the same title. Her book is available for purchase at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and  CreateSpace. (Kindle and Nook versions also available.) Come, think outside the textbook and stretch the walls of your home classroom with Walt Disney entertainment!


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2 thoughts on “Disney’s FRANKENWEENIE Bluray Review

  1. Well, yes, Disney does have some offerings out there that may need some parental discretion (hence, the PG rating). But even my daughter who said Frankenweenie was creepy and sad still loves Sparky & gets excited when she sees posters or plush dolls of him. And my 7YO, who usually does have bad dreams when he sees scary things, only laughs at this and really likes the humor in the “scary” in Frankenweenie. He keeps telling me how funny the Edward (hunchback) character is and that he likes the way he talks. I think, know your kids and decide from there if it’s appropriate for them to view, but I stand by it’s fun for the whole family (and I’m not a fan of thrillers or modern horror flicks at all).

  2. i’m going to disagree with “fun for the whole family”. We had to stop midway because my five year old became so freaked out, and as an adult, I didn’t enjoy any aspect though I love most Disney offerings. Frakenweenie changed my evaluation of having the Disney label attached from meaning “I can let my kids watch this without reservations” to “I have to prewatch this like any other supposed kids movie to make sure my little one doesn’t have nightmares”. That really saddened me.

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