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Revives life in Frankenstein

Frankenstein's monster goes like a living death through Tim Burton's 1982 film universe until Corpse Bride, which has its Norwegian premiere this week.


American Tim Burton is one of the most original directors in Hollywood, and he has put a personal touch on everything from Batman movieizations, animated feature films such as The Nightmare Before Christmas and his many Johnny Depp collaborations – from Edvard Scissors to Charlie og sjokoladefabrikken. In the background, Mary Shelley's classic horror novel often haunts Frankenstein, right up to the year Corpse Bride..

Burton himself claims that he is not particularly keen on either horror films or Mary Shelley's novel, but that it is the Gothic genre that fits well with stories and scenarios others would perceive as ordinary. Regardless, the Frankenstein story has its unmistakable touch on Burton's film universe for the past 23 years.

Frankenweenie (1982) is a 25 minute black and white movie Tim Burton made while working as an animator at Disney. Both in form and content, it has clear references to James Whale's films Frankenstein (1931) and The bride of frankenstein (1935). The film is about ten-year-old Victor Frankenstein (sic) who revives his pet – a bull terrier named Sparky, who has been hit and killed in a car accident – in the attic of the house where he lives with his parents. Consequently, Sparky is not as monstrous as Frankenstein's monster, but rather a reminder of why the novel's Victor Frankenstein embarked on his project of infusing lifeless bodies with life: these were thoughts he began to fable. . .

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