Frankenweenie (2012)

frankDirector: Tim Burton

Writer: John August (Screenplay) Leonard Ripps (Original Screenplay)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan, Atticus Shaffer, Winona Ryder, Robert Capron


Plot: Young Victor conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences.


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Verdict: Charming Animated Film


Story: Frankenweenie starts as we see the movies Victor makes for his family with his loveable dog Sparky, Victor makes remakes classic films with his toys that show his loneliness of the world he lives in. when the science project comes around Victor’s father does him a deal, try sport and you can enter the project.

Victor agrees but Sparky always the playful character chases after the ball running in the road being killed, breaking Victor’s heart. Victor inspired by his teacher decides to work on his next project, bring Sparky back to life using the power of electricity.

When the other students learn about Victor’s project they turn to him to help them bring their pet back from the dead but things soon get out of hand in the town.


Thoughts on Frankenweenie


StoryThe story being told is one of the most difficult situation people and especially children must go through, the loss of a pet. The spin comes with the idea of being able to bring them back to life which all works as the desire for more time with a lost pet will always come through. I do think this story works very well with plenty of references to classic horror stories with the dawn of horror and dealing with losing pets.

Animated/Comedy/FamilyThe animation being used is the trademark of Tim Burton and works to keep it unique to the industry. The comedy comes from poking light hearted fun at the classic horror films with the family element coming from the persona situation these children would have to go through, each one compliments the others perfectly.

Characters The characters are all believable for the world created where they all create and are named after famous characters from other films that are all moulded to be. I liked and understood all the characters through the film as they all work to continue the telling.

SettingsThe settings created make us feel like we are in a beautifully created world that only these characters would live in making gothic horror world come to life.

Final ThoughtsThis is a charming tale giving us the most important life lesson as a pet owner, you will outlive your pet no matter what you do.


Overall: Enjoyable animated film that is full of Tim Burton’s quirk.




Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (2011)

This is the sequel to the surprise hit Diary Of A Wimpy Kid developed from the books of the same name.

One year has past and Greg (Zachary Gordon) returns to middle school along with his best friend Rowley (Robert Capron). He continues on his misadventures at school but his usually hateful brother Rodrick (Devon Bostick) have to team up and bond after a secret house party the parents don’t know about.

This has to go down as another unlikely enjoyable film hugely fun and gives a very good overall life lesson for brothers about bonding and just accepting that you don’t always have to be best friends. Mixed in with the typical school life politics told from the diary of Greg. All the performances are too a very good level and this would be suggested to all family friendly film fans out there.

Favourite Character: Rowley

Star Performance: Zachary Gordon

Best Part: The party

My Rating 80%

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)

Director: Thor Freudenthal

Writer: Jackie Filgo, Jeff Filgo, Gabe Sachs, Jeff Judah

Starring: Zachary Gordon, Robert Capron, Rachael Harris, Steve Zahn, Devon Bostick, Chloe Grace Moretz


Story This is the story of Greg Heffley (Gordon) who starts middle school and wants to become the popular kid. There are a few problems to his dream, one is his best friend Rowley (Capron) who is all to happy to be himself which doesn’t seem to make his popularity go up. We also have the idea off join lots of unpopular after school activities complete disregarding the rules his brother Rodrick (Bostick) has taught him. Even with the advice at the school from Angie (Moretz) who just seems to cruise through the days never worrying about what people think. Greg has to come too turns with who he is before he can worry about what people think about him, can he learn it in time?


Verdict This school comedy is actually quite funny, Watching Greg attempts to make himself popular backfiring is rather amusing. The lesson learned by Greg is a good one for all kids who are going through or about to go through. The support cast shine in their minimal screen time. I personally wouldn’t have gone out my way to watch this but I did get recommended it but a fellow film fan and he pick well, I would now recommended you check this one out


Story Mark 8/10 Simple story of growing up.


Comedy Mark 7/10 Funny in parts and good build up to laughs


Star Performances Chloe Grace Moretz – proving why she is destining for bigger and better things.


Favourite Character Frank, Greg’s dad has some of the funniest scenes


Best Part Some of the montages are well put together


Similar Too – School of life, Most middle school movies.


My Rating 76%