Frankenweenie [1984]

Directed by: Tim Burton
Written by: Leonard Ripps (based on an idea by Burton)
Starring: Shelley Duvall, Daniel Stern and Barret Oliver

Knowing there’s a full-length, animated version coming up next week (here in Mexico, lucky Americans already have gotten the chance to see it), I can’t help but feel 30 minutes are just not enough to present the story in a satisfying manner. However, Frankenweenie is a great way to acquaint oneself with Burton’s characteristic style, which would be further polished in gems like Ed Wood.

The mood and feel are fantastic and Shelley Duvall is very good in a different role from what we usually saw her in. The lovely stop-motion technique and much longer running time of Burton’s latest film will surely offer room for some much-needed exposition and character development, which will work wonders for this dark-yet-cute take on Frankenstein.