Tim Burton is back on the big screen (well, not the director himself, but his newest movie) with the first-ever, black-and-white feature film released in IMAX 3D. Frankenweenie, based on the movie, Frankenstein, released in 1931, is a remake of a similar short film that Burton directed in 1984. The storyline follows a quiet child named Victor Frankenstein, who decides to bring his dead dog back to life. Quite like other Tim Burton films, the story is very simple and amusing, but contains a rather dark twist.
The new film is an animation that presents 3D viewing in a completely new way to audiences. The plain and unpretentious characters and settings are simultaneously charming and eerie, and the 3D effects that pop out at the viewer enhance the quirkiness of the imagery. The film is perfect for a spooky but family friendly movie night, as it is suitable for kids, with hidden humor that will be appreciated by adults.
Since the story is such a simple one containing unfussy animation and puppetry, the 3D effects lend themselves nicely to the presentation. The 3D elements enhance the viewing experience in a way that does not distract from the storyline or artful imagery. The same can be said of Tim Burton’s tridimensional preview with Alice in Wonderland, which was released in 2010.
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