I was invited to attend an advanced screening of the 3D screening of FRANKENWEENIE by Disney. Of course, my kids wanted to accept the invitation so we did. I will give you a brief run down of the movie and share our thoughts on it.
From creative genius Tim Burton (“Alice in Wonderland,” The Nightmare Before Christmas”) comes “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 all learn that getting a new “leash on life” can be monstrous.
FRANKENWEENIE opens nationwide on Friday, October 5. It’s rated PG and has a running time of 87 minutes.
Overall, both my kids said they liked it and I did too. It is a good kids movie to put you in the spirit of Halloween- a few scarey parts but nothing too frightening. My kids are 5 and 7 and though they both said they liked it, my 5 year is a bit sensitive and if your child is too you may want to be forewarned. This may be a bit of a spoiler but I don’t think I am giving way too much away. My 5 year old cried a bit when it was over and he realized that the kitty, Mr. Whiskers, was not going to turn back into a cat when it met its end. He liked the kitty. I was shocked to realize that it upset him so much but it may also have had a bit to do with it being late and that he has a pet cat. It didn’t bother my 7 year old at all.
I liked the commentary on science- that it is neither good nor bad, but can be used for both. It had a few funny moments mixed in to ease the suspense. The 3D was amazing! The 3D was great when things came at you but also just really realistic even when looking at a house not moving. Overall, I would give Frankenweenie a thumbs up.