It's October, and we have a halloween film by Tim Burton about a dog named Sparky who dies a miserable and bloody death. The End
Just kidding, but, yea, at times this film can get quite grim, but I feel it's a pretty good film. I was weary about Tim Burton at first because I think of him as a hit or miss director. He made classics like The Nightmare Before Christmas, Corpse Bride, and the first two Batman Films of the 80s and 90s. However, he also made one of my least favorite films of all time Alice and Wonderland. Now that film was horrifying. But, he revised this film from his old original short film of the same name, and this version stars Victor. A boy who may start off a little bland at first (I swear, he's the younger version of the same Victor from Corpse Bride, I kid you not!) but I grew to really like him. I see a lot of myself in him and he is the owner of everybody's favorite character (Because if not I will find you), Sparky. He is a cute dog and he is so full of life, even when he's half dead. 8o
The side characters are really entertaining, though I won't name them all because
a. I don't know their names
b. I'm a lazy butt
But, I will call them in this way. There's a creepy boy with a hunchback who is probably the funniest talking character in the movie. I will call him Quasimodo. Then there are two kids who, to be honest, look a lot like the same. Are they brothers or is that lazy designing, I don't know, but they can be menacing and funny, I just wish they were a little more apart. I swear, they should have worked together instead of the shorter kid and the giant apple boy. Giant apple boy is quite entertaining though, and I do like his interactions with the shorter kid, so I guess it would be a win-win either way. Then there's Weird Girl (That really is her name, her parents must be horrible) and her pet, Mr. Whiskers. They will see me in my dreams.
That's all I care about. The plot is original-ish. I guess it's kind of the same Frankenstein meets E.T. movie, but I never personally seen a film like that (Though in some TV episodes), I still got invested, so I can't talk about that in much detail. the animation is classic Tim Burton style, except in, and I quote, "Breathtaking Black and White!". Yea, I wasn't sure about it at first, but it eventually caught on to me, and I appreciate the change in style. So, what do I think about this film?
Story - 63/100 Not entirely original, but I'm willing to except it that way
Characters - 80/100 Though none really stands out above any others, they're all pretty good and unique, and reflect on how I see some people. So, if I know you, you better think twice before you do anything in front of me.
Animation - 82/100 Great, and in "Breathtaking Black and White!".
Moral - 70/100 Like the plot, not entirely original but the change of pace makes me appreciate the atmosphere.
Overall - 73.75/100 Though it doesn't shine above regular Tim Burton classics it's still really good. And I spit on Alice and Wonderland for that. It's heart felt, it's humorous, it's adventure, and it's fun. If you like dogs you'll like this movie. If you like monsters you'll like this movie. However, if you're coming into this expecting a full out laugh fest, you may be disappointed but you got to think about it in a story stand point to enjoy it. If you hate black and white, obviously you'll step away from this movie, but again, you got to look at it in a different stand point to enjoy it. Just like I did. It's not great, but it's probably not trying to be. It's trying to be a fun story about a boy and his dog, and it just wants to tell a good story. Isn't that how most masterpieces are started?
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