Frankenweenie is the newly released stop-motion 3D animation by the ghoul and gloom filmmaker Tim Burton. Stop motion is a method of making an animation by moving physical objects a little bit at a time and shooting one frame of film with each small movement, and when you playback the film, voila the magic happens.
Frankenweenie is a story of a boy inventor who brings his dead dog back to life via one of his crazy inventions. BBC news did a promotion of the film and asked the question, "Tell us what crazy invention you would make?" The answers were quite revealing. Below are a few of them.
- "I would invent a machine that reads other people's minds so you know all their secrets."
- "I would invent Velcro on the quilt cover at the edges to stop it falling off the bed when you turn over at night."
- "I would invent a generator that creates any combination of pets up to 5 times. It also uses anti-allergy powder so if your parents are allergic to a pet you can still have one!"
According to the Guinness Book of records, "The earliest film to use the stop-motion technique, to give the illusion of movement to inanimate objects, was Vitagraph's The Humpty Dumpty Circus (USA, 1897). Albert E. Smith (USA), who conceived the idea, borrowed his daughter's toy circus and succeeded in animating the acrobats and animals by shooting them in barely changed positions one frame at a time." Photo Credit Getty Images