SPARKY THE HERO

FrankenweenieFRANKENWEENIE (2012)
3 and a half out of 5 stars

This is a remake of Tim Burton’s 1984 short of the same name. The entire stop motion animation is in black and white and is essentially a story between a boy and his dog.

Victor Frankenstein lives with his parents and dog, Sparky, in the town of New Holland. A loner, he spends most of his time with Sparky and he becomes devastated when Sparky is killed in an accident. Inspired by science, he attempts to bring Sparky back to life and his experiment becomes a success. However, it draws the attention of his classmates who wish to use reanimation of dead animals as their science exhibit. Will their experiments bring an end to their town?

Well, I have never had a pet so I probably won’t know how much Victor loved Sparky but it was obvious that they shared an incredible bond. Sparky was the star of his home videos! My eyes teared up when Sparky died. I was also happy when Sparky became reanimated, even though I know it is not the natural order of things and his tail fell out because he’s supposed to be in a state of decay. Victor’s classmates are quite creepy compared to your average classmates, especially the Weird Girl who predicts the future through her cat’s poop. Not to mention, her reanimated creature is the freakiest of them all! Though the sea monkeys are quite grotesque too. I never liked them when they were in fishbowls, definitely not when they are created with the power of lightning. The ending was between Sparky and the Weird Girl’s pet (told you it was the freakiest!) and OMG! Sparky is still so loyal to Victor!

Quite a nice break from all the blockbusters and it’s even in stop motion animation!

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