What would the world be like if dogs turned into super heroes? On a regular day at Fernfield Farms, five Golden Retriever puppies named Budderball, Rosebud, B-Dawg, Buddha and Mudbud discover some intriguing coloured rings that, when worn as collars, grant the wearer an extraordinary super power. Mudbud, for example, is given the power of invisibility, while B-Dawg becomes super stretchy and Rosebud super speedy. Like any young thing gifted with enormous power, they need a mentor and when comic book hero Captain Canine comes to Earth to explain about the Power Rings of Inspiron, they find themselves banding together to become the most powerful puppy litter ever - which is just as well, because an evil shape-shifter is on his way to destroy the planet once and for all.
clockwise from left - Eden Sher; Neil Flynn; Patricia Heaton; Atticus Shaffer ABC TCA Winter 2013 Party at Langham Huntington Hotel Featuring: clockwise from left - Eden Sher, Neil Flynn, Patricia Heaton, Atticus Shaffer Where: Pasadena, California, United States When: 10 Jan 2013
With a snappy sense of childish curiosity and lavishly skilled animation, Tim Burton makes one of his most endearing and enjoyably offbeat movies in years. It's actually a remake of a half-hour short he shot in 1984, fleshed out with terrific side characters and a much grander plot. But it's also been painstakingly made with detailed stop-motion animation that's both artistic and witty.
Set in what looks like the suburb from Edward Scissorhands, it's about lonely teen Victor Frankenstein (voiced by Tahan), whose best friend is his dog Sparky. When Sparky dies suddenly, Victor gets an idea from his science professor (Landau) to reanimate him. And it works! Victor hides this from his parents (O'Hara and Short) and the nice girl (Ryder) next door, but chatterbox classmate Edgar (Shaffer) blabs to some other kids in school, who decide they need to make their own science projects a lot more interesting. Suddenly the whole town is under siege by undead pets.
The film looks like a classic monster movie, shot in black and white with deep shadows and expressive faces, plus a hilariously entertaining attention to detail that will make you want to see the film over and over again. It's also packed with gags about the genre, including the names of characters, sudden sight gags (like the Bride of Frankenstein hair of the zapped poodle next door), and more witty references such as Gremlin-like sea-monkeys and a Godzilla-like reanimated tortoise (named, of course, Shelley). There's even an old Christopher Lee Dracula film showing on the TV. But the best thing about this film is the way it never relies on us getting the jokes: Burton has created his own classic too.
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Victor Frankenstein is a young fanatic of science and loves making home movies with his pet bull terrier and best friend, Sparky. On discovering that his dog has died, he is devastated and will do anything to bring him back. His mother tries to offer comfort, telling Victor that Sparky will always be in his heart, but nothing she says makes him feel any better; that is, until, she says, 'If we could bring him back, we would' which triggers an idea in Victor's head - even more so after a science class at school shows how you can use electricity to stimulate muscle movement in deceased animals. He takes a trip to the cemetery and sets up a makeshift laboratory in which he attempts to rouse Sparky using various pieces of scientific equipment. When there is no movement from the dog, Victor is disappointed but, suddenly, Sparky starts moving and leaps off the table to his owner's utter delight. Victor has to hide him away in the attic of his house to avoid suspicion from his parents. However, Sparky escapes into the streets terrifying the neighbours and revealing secrets to the world that are probably best left undiscovered.
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