Watch: The Original 'Nightmare Before Christmas' & 'Frankenweenie'

October 8, 2012


Sadly, all of Tim Burton's fans didn't make the stop-motion animated adaptation of his original short film Frankenweenie a hit at the box office this past weekend. Taken 2 (read Jeremy's negative review here) sat at the top with about $50 million, and Frankenweenie is in dire need of a resurrection after being dead on arrival at #5 with about $11.5 million. The film is a charming but twisted romp with a lot of heart. It looks a bit scary, but it's not a bad movie for the whole family by any means. Now you can check out the original live-action short film that Tim Burton directed in 1984 featuring Shelley Duvall, Daniel Stern and more.

Here's Tim Burton's original 1984 live-action short film Frankenweenie via

Oh, and as an added bonus, why not check out the original version of one of Tim Burton's more successful stop-motion endeavors from director Henry Selick. Burton came up with the idea for The Nightmare Before Christmas while working as an animator at Disney, and he decided to put together a short film animating a poem telling the story of Jack Skellington and Halloween Land. Christopher Lee serves as narrator, and it's a fond look back at the story before it became the holiday giant of a blockbuster that kids and adults love at both Halloween and Christmas to this very day. Watch the original animated short here:

If you're a fan of Nightmare Before Christmas, and you haven't decided to give Frankenweenie a chance, just give it a shot. This film is yet another stop-motion gem that along with ParaNorman has not yet gotten the attention it deserves. Both films are far better than Liam Neeson's Taken 2, and have the heart and spirit that cinephiles should be fervently supporting so we don't get more recycled sequels and reboots to rake in cash. We hope you enjoyed watching both of these original classics from the Burton vault. Your favorite?

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I'm planning to see Frankenweenie, and am a fan of the original short, but I don't see how it qualifies as not a reboot. Tim Burton has now gone so far as to adapt his own work. It's quite depressing when you watch the previous films of someone who was once so great.

David Balderdash on Oct 8, 2012


Reboot implies there was some sort of feature film franchise or at least single film that was attempted before and this is starting all over. This is merely an adaptation of a short film, and it's done in a completely different style with a much larger, expanded story and character roster.

Ethan Anderton on Oct 8, 2012


The only problem is there wasn't enough people who went to see Frankenweenie instead they want to see Hotel Transylvania with more Family Kids Movie, which is Suck I hope there will be more people who want to see Frankenweenie.

Annie Nguyen on Oct 8, 2012


I went and watched it opening night and loved every second of it!

dale on Oct 8, 2012


I'm not a big Tim Burton fan...I mean his earlier stuff was great...but now...I just tend to avoid his films...I'll see Frakenweenie in due time...but not before ParaNorman.

Xerxexx on Oct 9, 2012

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