Soundtrack Review: Frankenweenie (2012)

Frankenweenie Soundtrack

Frankenweenie Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Frankenweenie by Danny Elfman.

“The score is gothic, dark and delicious, exactly what I wanted.”

Frankenweenie is an animated family comedy about young Victor who conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences.The film is directed by Tim Burton and starring Winona Ryder, Catherine O’Hara and Martin Short. The score is composed by Danny Elfman.

Track List

1. Frankenweenie Disney Logo 100
2. Main Titles 80
3. Mr. Burgermeister/Noses Meet 80
4. Game of Death 100
5. The Funeral 100
6. Electricity 100
7. Re-Animation 100
8. Sparky’s Day Out 100
9. Dad’s Talk 80
10. The Bride/Edgar Knows 80
11. Invisible Fish/Search for Sparky 80
12. A Premonition 80
13. The Speech 80
14. Mom’s Discovery/Farewell 80
15. Getting Ready 100
16. Making Monsters 100
17. Pool Monsters Attack 100
18. Mad Monster Party 100
19. Final Confrontation 100
20. Happy Ending 100
21. Alternate Main Titles 80
22. Over the Fence 60

You know that you are in for something special when the Disney intro becomes awesome. They included it as the first cue of the album and the way it transforms into Elman-esque deliciousness is just great. Yep, Frankenweenie proves that Elfman still has it and then some. It’s been a pretty good year for him so far.

What I like about the score is gothic darkness like in the last half of ‘Game Of Death’ and the menacing ‘Re-Animation’ with it’s glorious sci-fi feel to it. It meshes beautifully with more quiet themes such as the sad cue ‘The Funeral’. ‘Making Monsters’ is a cue I would like to talk about as well with it’s almost Godzilla-like beginning. It is fearsome and awesome all the way.

Conclusion

Frankenweenie deserves success and in the November edition of Top Scores 2012: Critic’s Choice it is at the time of writing number two. I don’t think it will stay there, but it shows its immediate impact. The score is gothic, dark and delicious, exactly what I wanted.

GEEK SCORE: 90

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Soundtrack Review: Frankenweenie (2012), 9.6 out of 10 based on 5 ratings
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  • Ivan

    I absolutely enjoy this score. Re-Animation is within my top 10 this year (not that anyone care… x))

    • http://soundtrackgeek.com/ Jørn Tillnes

      I care! And Re-Animation is an amazing track. Haven’t made a list yet, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was in my top 10.