~ Mr. Rzykruski, the science teacher
My all time favorite novel is Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. I wrote one of my final college papers about the theory that the relationship between Victor Frankenstein and the monster he created was more than just a inventor/invention. The connection was actually mental and personal. Victor was the monster and the monster was Victor. These two could not exist without the other.
Movies have been created and recreated telling the story of Frankenstein. Tim Burton has joined the growing Frankenstein movie list with his new black and white stop motion film, Frankenweenie, just in time for Halloween. His version is about a boy’s love for his dog. In this movie young Victor Frankenstein did not create the dog, instead he brings the dog back to life. It is a story of love and companionship. Victor could live without his dog, but the movie is true to Shelley’s original story that sometimes science can create monsters if there isn’t love rooting it to it’s real purpose.
Princess D is a huge Tim Burton fan. Some of her favorite movies are Nightmare Before Christmas, Corpse Bride (her Halloween costume of choice this year), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Alice in Wonderland. So, I knew Frankenweenie would be added to her favorite movies list.
Tim Burton did a brilliant job with creating compelling characters and finding the humor in a rather dark themed film. Children will easily fall in love with Sparky the frankensteinian dog and relate to Victor’s emotions. Adults who enjoy classic black and white horror films will really appreciate Burton’s nod to films like The Bride of Frankenstein. I loved this film and think you will too!
Special thanks to Walt Disney Studios Publicity and Allied – THA for inviting me to the screening of “Frankenweenie”. All statements are my opinion and my opinion only. I did not receive any other form of compensation.