Adaptation #23: Frankenception

In episode #23, our hosts discuss James Whale’s Frankenstein (1931), Tim Burton’s short film Frankenweenie (1984) and the current feature film remake, concluding that in any form it all comes down to bad parenting and creations that just want to be loved.

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Music: Monster Mash by Bobby Pickett

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Main Discussion

Frankenstein (1931)

-Written by Garrett Fort and Francis Edward Faragoh

-Directed by James Whale

-Starring Colin Clive, Mae Clark and Boris Karloff

-Based on the novel by Mary Shelley (1818) and adapted from the 1927 play by Peggy Webling

Frankenweenie (1984)

-Written by Leonard Ripps

-Directed by Tim Burton

-Starring Shelley Duvall, Daniel Stern and Barrett Oliver

Frankenweenie (2012)

-Released October 5 in US, October 17 in UK

-Written by John August

-Directed by Tim Burton

-Starring voices of Winona Ryder, Catherine O’Hara and Martin Short

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3 thoughts on “Adaptation #23: Frankenception

  1. OK – finally managed to catch up and listen to this one. Also (re) watched the 1931 movie. Haven’t seen Frankenweenie – either version – so cannot comment on that.
    Good analysis of the 1931 movie, guys! I noticed the ‘hand to mouth’ scream that happened a couple of times! Great ‘traditional’ screaming there.
    Loved the atmosphere in the movie, long shadows, huge lab – far taller than wide, all good stuff.
    A couple of scenes that struck me – firstly, after Fritz gets hanged – you never see him cut down. Next time they go into that cell, there’s just the cut rope.
    Secondly, when the huntsman carries his daughter’s body through the streets – as he passes each set of villagers celebrating the wedding, they see what has happened and their whole tone/mood changes. That scene went on quite a while and just seemed to get more powerful as it went on.
    As I mentioned, I haven’t seen Frankenweenie, but a couple of us went to the recent BFI Southbank Q/A with Martin Landau who voices a character. He did some great Hitchcock impersonations.

    Lastly, have you seen the Brannagh/DeNiro version of the story from 1994. It’s been a while since i saw it but it “may” be closer to the book.

    That’s it for now guys. Keep up the awesome work. As i catch up more I will post more comments.

    Sincerely – your true “fan” 😉 and proud to be mentioned by name.



  2. Fr. Roderick,Not sure if you know this, but Tim Burton made Frankenweenie as in 1984 this is a remake as a ferutae-length film.There’s also about the making of the movie. It’s definitely worth checking out.Chris


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