(Spoiler Alert: I do reveal some plot points to help parents evaluate if their kids can handle the movie.)
I took my 11-year-old to see Tim Burton’s latest stop-motion creation “Frankenweenie.” (The other kids were afraid to see it.) It was definitely darker than “Hotel Transylvania,” although not violent or super scary. (Yes, the dog dies and is reanimated but they don’t show the death.) The end is probably the scariest when other kids try to reanimate other animals with some bad outcomes. There is a pet graveyard that might be scary to some kids and a lot of lightning and thunder.
The movie is an homage to many other scary/horror/suspense movies with many references that kids probably won’t get but the parents will enjoy. The science teacher looks just like Vincent Price and there is an Igor character as well. It obviously pulls from “Frankenstein” and “Bride of Frankenstein,” but you may be surprised by throw-backs to “Gremlins,” “Godzilla,” and “Sleepy Hollow.”
I did pop for the 3D since it was just the two of us, and I think it made it seem like a whole world and not just something your were watching.
I think my 9-year-old would have been OK in this movie but the 5-year-old would have asked to leave. It was well worth our hard-earned dollar and was an appropriately scary movie for older kids.
Did you see “Frankenweenie” over the weekend? What did you think? Were your kids scared? What were the ages? Did you enjoy it?