Tim Burton’s adaptation of Frankenstein in ‘Frankenweenie’
During this lesson we watched the stop motion film Frankenweenie. The film is about a young boy, Victor Frankenstein who brings his pet dog back to life after it is hit by a car. Other than the main character having the same name as in the original and the creation of life, there wasn’t actually many similarities to the original, as many other famous stories were referenced in the film, such as Godzilla. Both character’s shared similar personalities; lonely, intelligent and dealing with grief, yet in Frankenweenie, the young boy is not disgusted or frightened what so ever by the dogs appearance. And with the support from his family, both boy and his dog share a happy life together while experiencing some spooky monsters throughout, causing the characters to make life threatening decisions.
This film is just one example of many Frankenstein adaptations, and shows how just a small element of a story can be transformed into an entirely new one.