Frankenweenie

Zosienka is a gifted illustrator based in London who dabbles in “animation, marionettes and intricate biscuit icing”. Zosia also has a blog, which is “a collection of other people’s treasure”.  I’ve always admired her astute eye for aesthetics and her ability to create magic through her line work. Today, she shares some thoughts on animation, a field where both she and her husband have shown exceptional talent.

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Not long ago I attended a special screening of Frankenweenie. The film, which is Tim Burton’s return to classic stop motion animation, was not yet complete and contained glimpses of unfinished scenes cut with storyboard frames, animatics and raw rigged footage. For anybody who appreciates the magic of traditional animation, this was a real treat.

Frankenweenie is a faithful re-make of Tim Burton’s 1984 short film of the same name, which starred a little Sophia Coppola. The film never aired in the US and ended Burton’s first relationship with Disney when they concluded it was too terrifying for children. It’s a delightful black and white horror show with a cast of grim unhinged children borrowed from the pages of The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories.


Tim Burton maybe lost his way in the 90’s, but the wonderful indie film spirit and eccentricity has been restored in this animation.

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