‘Frankenweenie’: Darker than ‘Hotel Transylvania’ but fun for older kids

(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?

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October 9th, 2012
12:44 pm

Mine have no desire to see this one. Honestly it looks boring in the commercials. The only thing one child found interesting is that it was done in stop motion animation.

We were going to see Hotel Transylvania Saturday, but then they failed to clean the den of all the barbies like they were told. They had 3 hours to clean it up. They came up, said ready to go! I walked down and said no we aren’t now get a trash bag… I bet whatever we do this weekend, they get the work done when I ask.


October 9th, 2012
1:33 pm

@FCM: the youngest was supposed to go to a birthday party this weekend. He ended up not going because he didn’t do his chores either. Oh well. That trash bag does come in handy at times!

My oldest (9) made a comment about the commercial but hasn’t expressed an interest in it. The youngest (6) has issues with thunder and lightning so we’ll probably wait for the video.


October 9th, 2012
1:34 pm

No thanks. Sounds like Pet Sematary for elementary kids…talk about potential nightmares. Waiting for Wreck-It Ralph and The Hobbit!


October 9th, 2012
2:11 pm

I took my Little to see Hotel Transylvania and we both enjoyed that. She has expressed an interest in Frankenweenie but I told her that her mama was going to take her to that or she was going to miss it. Definitely looks creepy. I’m sure she’d be fine at 10 but I’m not interested. I’ve done my creepy dutie for the summer – Paranorman and the zombies and Hotel Transyvania with the monsters. We are waiting on Wreck-It Ralph, too, A.


October 9th, 2012
2:56 pm

Off topic – has anyone seen The Descendants? How about Best Exotic Marigold Hotel? Those two films ARE AWESOME and I sure hope they get Oscar nods.

In the wrong line of work

October 9th, 2012
5:16 pm

Do you get paid for this….?


October 9th, 2012
7:38 pm

I’m 20 and i gotta say i loved this movie! My bf and i are tim burton fans so we were excited For it. There are some moment that may be scary(the end especially with reference to the omen) but it was funny and cute. The prof was hysterical and the cat steals the show in My opinion lol