Alamo Kids' Camp:
Finally, a stop-motion, animated Halloween film that rivals The Nightmare Before Christmas
. And of the two – simmer down now, gothlings – Frankenweenie
is the ookier, more assured, and frankly better film. Filmed in glorious black and white, Frankenweenie
is that rare film that's both kid- and adult-friendly. The titular weenie here is Sparky, a manic little bull terrier and best pal to young Victor Frankenstein (Tahan). When Sparky is killed by a car, Victor seizes on the lessons he's learned about electricity's life-giving force and, before you can say "Boris Karloff's real name was William Henry Pratt!", a stitched-and-neck-bolted Sparky is re-animated and running around Vincent's attic laboratory. Comedy and tension, complete with torch- and pitchfork-wielding villagers, follows. Wholly unique yet strangely familiar, Frankenweenie
is, at its electrified heart, a story about friendship, family, and the importance of kidhood perseverance. Never say die when you could be saying "It's alive
!" Read a full review of Frankenweenie.