Frankenwenie

For the month of May, we decided to continue our discussion of zombies and death. Instead of focusing on the act of death, we’re expanding the idea to explore the effects of death. How do we grieve? What do we believe happens after death? What do different cultures believe and how are they similar?

To start things off, we are discussing the 2012 stop motion animation film, Frankenwenie. When Victor’s beloved dog passes away suddenly, he attempts to bring his best friend back to life through a powerful science experiment.

This is a feature-length remake of Tim Burton’s 1984 short film of the same name and is also both a parody of and homage to the 1931 film, Frankenstein. Tim Burton directed this 2012 version with the Screenplay by: John August, who did the screenplay for other Tim Burton films such as: Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride, and Dark Shadows

In the episode we discuss the taboo of death, how to support those in time of grief, and specifically how to introduce children to death, where many kids experience death through the passing of a beloved pet.

Resources

Art of Frankenweenie

Frankenweenie-Behind the Scenes

Time Lapse, Storyboards & Animators

Frankenweenie (2012) : Cast Recording Behind The Scenes

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