Tim Burton’s 1982 stop-motion animated short film, Vincent, tells the story of a young boy named Vincent Malloy who is obsessed with horror films and aspires to be like his hero, Vincent Price. The film is narrated by Price himself and features dark, Gothic imagery and a haunting score that add to its eerie atmosphere. The film is a tribute to Burton’s love of horror films and his admiration for Price, who was a frequent collaborator with Burton throughout his career. With its unique style and charming story, Vincent has become a beloved classic among fans of Burton’s work.
Frankenweenie (1984 and 2012)
Tim Burton’s 1984 black-and-white short film, Frankenweenie, tells the story of a young boy named Victor Frankenstein who brings his beloved dog Sparky back to life after he is hit by a car. The film pays homage to classic horror films, particularly Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and features Burton’s signature Gothic style and quirky humour. Although it was initially deemed too scary for children and shelved by Disney, Frankenweenie has since become a cult classic and was even remade as a feature-length film by Burton in 2012. The short film showcases Burton’s unique blend of humour and horror, making it a must-watch for fans of his work.
Frankenweenie is a 2012 American 3D stop-motion-animated fantasy film directed by Tim Burton.
The 2012 remake of Burton’s 1984 short film of the same name is a parody of and a homage to the 1931 film Frankenstein based on Mary Shelley’s book of the same name.
For the 2012 rendition, the voice cast includes four actors who worked with Burton on previous films: Winona Ryder (Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands); Catherine O’Hara (Beetlejuice and The Nightmare Before Christmas); Martin Short (Mars Attacks!); and Martin Landau (Ed Wood and Sleepy Hollow).
Frankenweenie is in black and white. It is also the fourth stop-motion film produced by Burton and the first of those four that is not a musical. The film won the Saturn Award for Best Animated Film and was nominated for an Academy Award; a Golden Globe; a BAFTA; and an Annie Award for Best Film in each respective animated category.
Young Victor Frankenstein (Charlie Tahan) is a science nerd and outsider at school, but he does have one good friend: his dog, Sparky. But then, tragedy strikes, and Sparky shuffles off this mortal coil. Victor is heartbroken, but his science teacher (Martin Landau) gives him an idea of how to jolt old Sparky back to life. The experiment is successful, and all goes well, until Victor’s fellow students steal his secret and use it to resurrect other dead animals — with monstrous consequences.
13 Interesting facts you probably didn’t know about Frankenweenie
- This is Tim Burton’s first film since Big Fish (2003) not to feature Johnny Depp, his first since Sleepy Hollow (1999) not to feature Helena Bonham Carter and his first since Mars Attacks! (1996) to feature neither of them.
- Winona Ryder and Tim Burton’s 3rd collaboration. Their previous one, Edward Scissorhands (1990) was 21 years earlier.
- One of Tim Burton’s regular actors, Christopher Lee, did not take part in this film, but archive footage of him in Horror of Dracula (1958) is watched by Victor’s parents on television.
- The demonstration that Mr. Rzykruski shows in class of the frog’s legs twitching when given electricity is based on actual experiments in 1771 by Italian physicist Luigi Galvani, who was the first to discover that the legs of dead frogs and other dead creatures twitched and moved when sparked by electricity. This to led to the study of bio-electricity and further study of the nervous system and its functions. The study of “galvanic” effects in biology is named after Galvani, who is seen as the discoverer of bio-electricity. Several of Tim Burton’s movies have played with this theme, most notably Frankenweenie and Edward Scissorhands.
- The pet cemetery features the grave of Zero from The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993).
- A turtle named “Shelley” is buried in the pet cemetery. Mary Shelley wrote “Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus,” the novel on which this film is loosely based.
- This film reunites Tim Burton with Winona Ryder and Catherine O’Hara who previously worked with Burton on Beetlejuice (1988).
- The mayor of the town is Mr. Burgermeister, which means mayor in German.
- Victor’s friend and next-door neighbor is “Elsa Van Helsing”, a reference to Abraham Van Helsing, Bram Stoker’s Dracula character, and Elsa Lanchester, the original “The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)”.