Frankenweenie: A Tim Burton Movie that will “Shock” You!

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Tonight my family went to see the new Disney movie “Frankenweenie” that was directed by Tim Burton.  This was the first time I had seen a Tim Burton movie in the theaters, and let me tell you, this was a much better film then I thought it was going to be!

The story of Frankenweenie is about Victor and his dog, Sparky.  Sparky is everything to Victor, his pal, his best friend, perhaps, his only friend.  Victor loves Science, and one day, the Science teacher, Mr. Rzykruski, tells the class to get their permission slips signed so they can participate in the Science Fair!  Victor brings his slip home, but his dad won’t sign it.  He tells Victor that he can participate in the Science Fair if he’ll also sign up to play baseball, so Victor agrees to this “compromise.”

It is at the baseball game that Victor — and Sparky’s — lives would be changed forever.  Victor is at bat, and he finally hits the baseball all the way to the street!  Sparky breaks free of his rope/leash, chases after the ball, and gets it — only to be run over in the process.  It was a very sad moment in the film because their was nothing that anyone could do…or was there?

The next day in Science class, the class learns that with electricity, the muscles of animals will have movement, and that causes Victor to realize that, with enough electricity — say the amount a lightning strike would bring — a person might even be able to raise something from the dead!  And that is exactly what Victor did — he raised Sparky from the dead, and in the process, opened a whole can of worms when the other kids in the Science class learned that he had done that.

While Burton’s film covers a dark subject matter, and isn’t for the youngest of Disney fans, the way that the subject of death — and life — is handled very well.  Since these are all Science Fair kids at the school, they all try and raise their pets from the dead.

  • Nassor raises his pet hamster, Colossus  from the dead (where he is entombed in a giant crypt!)
  • Edgar doesn’t own a pet, but he digs through the trash can, finds a dead rat, and brings it back to life as the Were-Rat!
  • Toshiaki raises his pet turtle, Shelly, from the dead — where he turns into a huge Godzilla like turtle and heads towards the carnival where everyone is celebrating Dutch Day.
  • Bob so wants to win the Science Fair, he had bought some Sea Monkeys.  He threw them in the pool in the backyard, let them be struck by lightning, where they grew and went crazy!
  • The Weird Girl, with Mr. Whiskers, her weird cat, caught a bat (Mr. Whiskers actually caught the bat) and while the Weird Girl was going to raise it from the dead, Mr. Whiskers bites onto the bat, and they transform into the Vampire Cat!

While all of this seems extremely weird, freaky, and totally crazy, it was actually a really good movie.  If you are unconvinced about seeing this movie, take a look at these posters and also this trailer to see if that helps you make your mind up!  Enjoy!

As I said earlier, I didn’t think this movie was going to be all that good, but I was very surprised. I think, if you haven’t seen it, I would recommend it for older elementary school kids and middle school kids to see at a matinee price.  Frankenweenie is rated PG.  Thanks for stopping by!

Magical Blogorail Red – Favorite Disney Souvenir!

Welcome to those of you joining me from Growing Up Disney and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 4th stop on our Magical Blogorail. Welcome aboard the Magical Blogorail Red line!  I am your pilot Mike, here to navigate you around the world of my favorite Disney souvenir!  As you can tell by the picture above, I am a huge fan of Pin Trading!  I first started trading pins in 2008, and it is a fun and enjoyable thing that I like to do during my Disney vacations!  My daughter likes to trade pins also, but unlike me, she is into it more for the enjoyment of trading, and less about collecting special pins.  That is what I enjoy about it.  Last year, for the 1st Anniversary of my blog, I gave away those two special pins in a  contest that also commemorated the 40th Anniversary of Walt Disney World, but don’t worry — I bought two of them so that I could enjoy them as much as the person that won the contest!

Pin Trading is just a fun little hobby for me.  I don’t really do much with it outside of our vacations, but it’s nice to take a look at all of the different pins and select ones that you want to add to your collection.  Here are some of the pins I have on my lanyard right now.  Enjoy!

The world of Pin Trading is yours to explore.  It doesn’t take a whole lot to get started — you can purchase your own lanyards at places like the Dollar Tree or other dollar stores, and you can go online to eBay and buy pins for a significant reduction per pin versus what you would pay if you bought them at Disney.  After that, all you do is trade and look for the best pins to start your own collection!  It’s that simple!

Thank you for joining me today. Give it up for your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop: Disney Donna Kay!

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

1st Stop ~ Colorado Mountain Mom

2nd Stop ~ A World View

3rd Stop ~ Growing Up Disney

4th Stop ~ My Dreams Of Disney

Final Stop ~ Disney Donna Kay