Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie
If you’re a parent, then you’ll probably be in the midst of half term holidays this week – racking your brains for fun things to do with the kids when you can’t rely on the weather.
A fail safe for any day of the week – or evening for that matter – is a family trip to the movies. And, of course, with a school holiday on at the moment, the choice of kids’ films takes up more room than usual on the cinema listings.
In perfect time for Halloween there are a couple of spooky offerings – with Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie and the Hotel Transylvania both now showing across the UK.
Frankenweenie is a reworking of the old Frankenstein story, but this time it’s about a boy and his dog. When Victor’s dog Sparky gets run over, Victor decides – with the help of his science teacher, Mr. Rzykruski, to bring Sparky back to life through the magic of science.
Once he’s back in the land of the living, however, the bolt-necked dog causes havoc for Victor’s family and neighbours and Victor has a tough job ahead convincing everyone that Sparky is still loveable and loyal.
Shot in stop-motion, 3D and black and white, this film is great for adults and kids alike. Famous voices behind the characters include Winona Ryder, Martin Landau and Christopher Lee.
Hotel Transylvania is also showing at cinemas nationwide. This is another animated film comedy where Dracula has his own hotel – a five star resort in fact – designed to give monsters and ghouls a break from humankind.
The Hotel Transylvania was purpose built to give monsters time out from the human world, so it’s a place where all kind of scary characters like The Mummy and Frankenstein get to chill out, but then an uninvited human guest arrives, which threatens all the monsters’ safety and quiet time. Voices include Adam Sandler and Kevin James.
Both these films are great for the kids, but fun for the adults going with them too, offering a couple of hours’ time out during what is bound to be a hectic half-term holiday.