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Frankenweenie… it’s electrifying! #Frankenweenie

On October 5, 2012 the Tim Burton film, Frankenweenie, opens in theaters across the country. I was very fortunate to attend the white carpet (instead of red) premiere of the film in Hollywood last week. In addition I was able to attend the after party and meet with some of the stars of the film. The whole night was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

Months ago, when I first heard about the film, I was a bit intrigued by it. It’s not uncommon for films to be in 3D. Frankenweenie takes it to a whole other level because it’s the first animated 3D film to be done in black and white.

I’m a fan of old black and white movies. I’ve enjoyed them since I was a young girl. I was born in the late 60’s where movies and TV shows were done in color. There is just something about black and white shows and movies that really appeals to me.

Frankenweenie is the story of a young boy name Victor Frankenstein (voiced by Charlie Tahan). Victor is a quiet boy who prefers to be with his best friend, his dog Sparky, then with other children. His parents are a bit concerned that he doesn’t engage with other children and try to encourage him to get more involved.

One day at school the new science teacher informs the kids of a science fair that school will be having. Victor is excited about the prospect of competing in the science fair and asks his parents to sign the form necessary for him to participate. His parents agree, but they have one condition – he must join a sports team. Begrudgedly Victor joins the baseball team.

Victor’s first game ends in tragedy when his beloved dog Sparky is struck by a car and killed. Lost without his friend Victor hatches a plan to resurrect his best friend.

Victor is successful in bringing Sparky back to life but his happiness is short lived when things go terribly wrong…

I don’t want to tell you anymore of the story. You’ll just have to go see Frankenweenie to find out what happens. Let’s just say that Sparky is not the only creature to come back to life.

I think anyone who has ever loved a pet, and lost a pet, will relate to Victor. I know I was getting a bit misty eyed when Sparky was killed. I have lost pets to both old age and illness. It breaks your heart.

I love how Victor’s parents express to him how Sparky is not truly gone… he will live in Victor’s heart forever. That is very true and I think it’s something important to teach children. It’s hard to lose a loved one but as long as you love them they will always be in your heart.

As a parent I wish the movie ended a bit differently. As a pet lover I can appreciate the ending. I’m sort of on the fence about which ending would have been better.

I was concerned that the movie being in black and white wouldn’t work out well with the 3D. I was wrong. The movie is just as great in 3D as movies done in color. It’s not the type of 3D where things pop out at your but rather it’s the type of 3D that draws you into the film. You feel like you are standing in the attic with Victor when he does his experiments.

There is a part of the film that brought up my favorite sci-fi and creature films that I used to enjoy as a kid (and still do). Godzilla comes to mind. When you see the film you’ll know why.

The actors they used to voice the characters were perfect. Atticus Shaffer (“Brick” from the ABC series The Middle) was the perfect choice for Edgar E. Gore. Rob Capron (“Rowley” from the Diary of a Wimpy Kid movies) voiced the character of Bob. Rob’s sweet nature came out in Bob’s voice. Bob might look like a bully because of his size but the reality is that Bob is just a sweet kid who makes some bad decisions.

Winona Rider, Martin Landau, Tom Kenny, Mar

It’s hard not to fall in love with the character of Sparky. I used to have a dog name Sparky. He died from bone cancer when he was only a few years old. 🙁 I think that is why his character especially touched my heart.

I think one of the scene stealer’s is Mr. Whiskers, a cat who can predict when things are going to happen (or so his creepy owner thinks he can). Mr. Whiskers is hysterical, especially the constant shocked look he has on his face.

Check out this FUNNY video about Mr. Whiskers. Seriously… you should watch it. You won’t be disappointed.

 

If you are reading this via e-mail you can find the video here, http://bit.ly/VCArCQ.

Check out the Frankenweenie Facebook page to Ask Mr. Whiskers what the future holds for you. 🙂

Frankenweenie is rated PG. I honestly don’t see anything wrong with it except maybe it might be too intense for very young children (under 5) who cannot really understand death. Aside from that I think the film is great for children of all ages. Adults will enjoy the film as much as kids. My husband is anxious to see the film, as is my teenagers.

Frankenweenie was directed by Tim Burton. Tim Burton’s films are known to be a bit “odd”, but that is Tim’s “hallmark”, so to speak. Other films Tim has directed include Dark Shadows (Johnny Depp), Alice in Wonderland (Johnny Depp), Mars Attacks!, Edward Scissorhands, Beatlejuice and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Johnny Depp), to name a few. If you have ever seen a Tim Burton film you know that his films are not the “norm”. They are always very quirky and incredibly entertaining. Frankenweenie is certainly very entertaining, and it is quirky, but for some reason it doesn’t strike me as a typical Tim Burton film. If I didn’t know he directed the film and someone told me after I saw it that it was a Tim Burton film I would have been shocked. For me this movie is a little different then his other films.

I hope you’ll go see Frankenweenie with your family. If you do go I would love to know what you think about the film. Please feel free to stop by and leave a comment and let me know. I always love to hear from my readers.

For more information about Frankenweenie visit the official site, www.Disney.Go.com/Frankenweenie. You can also check out the film on Facebook, www.Facebook.com/Frankenweenie.

You can follow the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #Frankenweenie.

If you would like to read up on my other Frankenweenie posts I have included them below.

Frankenweenie White Carpet Premiere and After Party

Fun Halloween Recipes from Frankenweenie

FREE Frankenweenie Activity Sheets

Interview with the Young Stars of Frankenweenie

Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this review for the benefit and enjoyment of my site readers. The opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced in any way.

The Frankenweenie white carpet premiere and after party were electrifying! #Frankenweenie

If someone would have told me a few years ago that I would be attending a movie premiere for a Tim Burton movie I would have thought they were crazy. After all, Tim Burton is a world renown director, producer and writer. Tim Burton created such hit movies such as Edward Scissorhands, Beatlejuice, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride and The Nightmare Before Christmas to name a few. If you check out Tim’s IMBD (International Movie Data Base) page you’d be shocked at just how many well known movies he’s been involved in. Just the mere thought of me attending one of his movie premieres, and even attending an after party with him, seemed as far fetched as bringing a beloved deceased pet back to life.

Imagine my shock and excitement when I learned that I would be attending the red carpet event for Tim Burton’s latest film, Frankenweenie, or in this case a WHITE carpet event. Instead of the typical red carpet the Frankenweenie event was held on a white carpet, after all, there is nothing typical about Tim Burton’s movies. The theme of the night was black and white in honor of the film being made in black and white. Frankenweenie is the first animated 3D film.

I was so excited for this event. I was literally counting the days! I had the perfect dress and accessories. I even applied temporary tattoos that looked like stitching which resembled the stitching that appears Sparky, one of the main characters in the film.

Prior to leaving for the theater we had a Q&A session with three of the film’s stars – Charlie Tahan (I am Legend, Charlie St. Cloud), Atticus Shaffer (“Brick” from the TV series The Middle) and Rob Capron (“Rawley” from the Diary of a Wimpy Kid movies). Charlie is the voice of Victor Frankenstien, Atticus is the voice of Edgar E. Gore and Rob is the voice of Bob. They were all a delight to talk to. I hate to sound like a crazy fan but it was fun to meet Atticus and Rob because I am a huge fan of the show The Middle (watch it every week) and my family loves the Diary of a Wimpy Kid movies (who doesn’t like the adorable Rawley?).

I attended the event with several amazing bloggers. Before heading over to the event we stopped for a photo opp on the steps that lead up to the Kodak Theater where the Oscars are held.

Do you recognize any of the bloggers? I’m sure many people read their blogs. I’m honored to be among these amazing bloggers.

Earlier in the day I took a stroll over to the El Capitan Theater where the event was being held to check it out. They were setting up for the event early in the morning.

By the time we got to the event later on that night the whole area was invaded by paparazzi, news crews, fans and of course the event attendees.

Walking behind the celebrities on the red (or in this case white) carpet is an amazing experience. The only down side is that you can’t really stop and take photos. It’s important that people don’t linger behind the celebrities because the photographers want the background to be free of distractions when photographing the celebrities. I was able to capture a few photos of Winona Rider. She is the voice of Elsa Van Helsing in the film.

I did notice a few young Disney actors on the white carpet too including Peyton List from the series Jessi (she also played the character of Holly in the Wimpy Kid movies) and Ryan Ochoa from the Disney series Pair of Kings as well as the character “Chuck” from iCarly. I was able to snap a picture of them, but Peyton had turned her head (she’s the one with the blond hair on the left).

We couldn’t wait on the white carpet too long because the movie was about to begin.

MaximoTV.com took some video of Winona Rider on the white carpet. You can actually see me walking behind her at around the 55 second mark. Thank you MaximoTV.com for capturing me and my fellow bloggers on the white carpet.

 

If you are reading this via e-mail you can see the video here, http://bit.ly/SqoeAk.

The El Capitan Theater is BEAUTIFUL inside. It’s very ornate. They even have an organ on stage where someone sits and plays to entertain the audience before the film begins.

Once we were all inside and in our seats I looked around to see if I noticed anyone famous. I did see Catherine O’Hara walk in. She is the voice of THREE Frankenweenie characters – Mrs. Frankenstien, the weird girl and the gym teacher.

I will be posting my movie review shortly. In the mean time I guess I can leave you with this impression of the movie – WOW!

After the movie everyone headed across the street to the after party. Martin Landau, the voice of Mr. Rzykruski in the film, walked past me. By the time I positioned my camera his back was to me. Oh well…

I’ll be honest with you, it’s hard NOT to try and look for celebrities. After all, we’re only human. Most of us never get the opportunity to rub elbows with television and movie stars that we admire.

Almost as soon as I walked in I noticed my first celebrity – David Arquette and his daughter Coco. Sadly they were leaving just as I walked in.

As you can imagine it was next to impossible to get too close to Tim Burton. I came close a few times but something always got in my way before I could ask for a photo with him. That’s OK. At least we actually did rub elbows (literally!).

I saw actress Tia Carrere and I was able to snap a picture of Conchatta Ferrell, the voice of Bob’s mom (she plays Berta on Two and a Half Men) and actor John Savage. I’m sorry for the poor photo quality.

I was surprised to see Elvira (Cassandra Peterson) at the party too. Again, I’m sorry for the horrible picture. If any camera company is reading this post and would love someone to review a camera that takes quick shots in low light please feel free to reach out to me. Ha Ha. 🙂

Some where at the after party were Kendra (Wilkinson) and Hank Basket with their son Hank, Jr., Martin Short (he is the voice of the characters Mr. Frankenstein, Mr. Burgemeister and Nassor in Frankenweenie), Jennie Garth, Marissa Jaret Winokur and  Marcia Gay Harden, none of which I was able to find.

One of the fun things about attending an after party is trying to identify actors and actresses. There were several people that looked familiar but I couldn’t remember their names.

I did meet the dog from Beverly Hill Chihuahua. That was fun!

A fun surprise was Jared from the Subway commercials. He took the time to chat with me for a bit. WOW! He’s really tall in real life. He had to bend down just to be in the picture with me (I’m “vertically challenged”).

A friend of mine kept telling me that “the Oompa Loompa” was there at the party. I wasn’t sure exactly who he meant. That is until I noticed Deep Roy who played the part of ALL the Oompa Loompa’s in Tim Burton’s film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, staring Johnny Depp.

The belt on my dress is down to low in this picture. I had to re-tie it. 🙂

I tried to get a picture with Tim Burton but I knew that was impossible. He was the “man of the hour”, so to speak, and everyone wanted to be with him. That is OK. We rubbed elbows and I was able to get a few photos of him.

The grainy picture above is Tim Burton with Winona Rider. I just wish it came out better. 🙁

Another person I had the opportunity to meet up with at the after party was Rob Capron, the voice of Bob (“Rawley” from the Wimpy Kid movies). What a sweet young man. He is very polite and well spoken. He even shook my hand twice. Awww… what a sweetheart he is! Rob chatted with me and told me about some upcoming projects he’s working on including Tarzan (Kellan Lutz plays Tarzan). Rob plays the part of Derek. He’s also in a movie with Steve Carell coming out next year called Way, Way Back. He plays the park of Kyle.

I have to admit as excited as I was to meet everyone, and how anxious I was for a chance to meet Tim Burton, there was one person I was really hoping would show up at the party – Tom Kenny. Most people don’t know him by name but you know his work. He’s the voice of SpongeBob Squarepants. He was also done voices on shows like Rock’s Modern Life, the Power Puff Girls, Johnny Bravo, the Justice League, Handy Manny, Adventure Time and even Disney’s Winnie the Pooh movie (Rabbit).

I was fortunate to interview Tom for a Popsicle campaign I was working on. It had to be one of the best interviews I’ve ever done. He is so personable and a joy to talk to. Sometimes when you talk to famous people it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and nervous. That was NOT the case with Tom. The moment he said “hello” to me I felt totally at ease. I could have talked to him all day.

I spent the whole night looking for him (not knowing if he was even going to be there). Alas, just before the party was almost over he appeared with his lovely wife and beautiful children. I FINALLY had a chance to meet him. Words cannot expressed how thrilled I was.

Not only did I get a chance to talk to Tom (I got a hug from him too!) but he also was incredibly kind to send a special birthday wish to my son. While I was out in LA my son turned 13. I felt totally guilty not being there on his special birthday, but I think the video Tom made for him more than made up for it. Check it out…

 

If you are reading this via e-mail you can see the video here, http://bit.ly/RpsvDd.

Tom was even kind enough to make one for my daughter so she didn’t feel left out. He wished her a belated birthday since her 15th birthday was this past May.

A special thank you to Cori at www.CorisCouponCorner.com for taking the video for me when my video recorder wasn’t working.

Talk about a FABULOUS way to end an AMAZING night.

I cannot wait to share more with you about my trip to Hollywood. I have so much interesting and exciting things to share with you.

Frankenweenie opens in theaters on October 5, 2012. You can learn more about the film at www.Disney.go.com/Frankenweenie. You can also find the film on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/Frankenweenie). You an also follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #Frankenweenie.

Below is the film’s trailer. You can also see the trailer here, http://bit.ly/VXt7Bc.

 

Kimberly

*I was invited to attend the press trip. Disney provided travel and accommodations. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced in any way.