In theaters October 5th, Tim Burton and Disney present the stop-motion animated film Frankenweenie. This black and white movie is a family friendly throwback to old-school horror films, and many of the main characters are even inspired by the spine-tingling classics. The story is an expansion of Tim Burton's 1984 live-action short film of the same name, but even then, he envisioned the full-length stop motion picture about the connection between a boy and his dog.
In the movie, a young boy named Victor has a brilliant scientific plan to bring his dog Sparky back to life. But bringing his beloved pet back from the dead has some unintended consequences. With the macabre storyline and the classic horror movie tone, Frankenweenie presents a cinematic treat that is perfect for the Halloween season. And while you wouldn't want your child trying to bring the family pet back to life, the focus on science is an added bonus.
Science makes me happy, because instead of just teaching kids facts and figures to memorize, the scientific process teaches kids to think, create and explore. We like to come up with crazy science experiments each year that involve Halloween candy; that way the kids eat less of it, and they have fun learning as well. Here are a couple of safe and fun experiments for kids to help kids get into the scientific spirit of the movie:
The red carpet premiere of Frankenweenie happens this Monday at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, and thanks to Disney, I'll be there! I'm excited to see if Tim Burton's fascinating yet somewhat cold and tragic looking black and white stop-motion concoction can truly produce a heart-warming reaction.
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