Frankenweenie (2012) PG
Tim Burton‘s black-and-white, 3-D stop-motion film is actually a full-feature remake of a similarly titled short film he created in 1984. Both works pay tribute to 1931’s Frankenstein; in both cases, Burton resurrects an animal instead of a human corpse. Victor Frankenstein (Charlie Tahan) is a young scientist in the small town of New Holland who loses his beloved dog Sparky in an unfortunate car accident. Inspired by his science teacher, Victor uses electricity to inject life back into his pooch and ends up inspiring copycat experiments. The resulting chaos threatens to bring down the whole town. The film is the first black-and-white film and first stop-motion animation ever released in IMAX 3D.
Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleased (2004) PG
The good-natured teen detectives of Mystery Inc. return in this sequel to 2002’s Scooby-Doo. This time, Fred (Freddie Prinze Jr.), Daphne (link=/name/nm0001264/]Sarah Michelle Gellar[/link]), Velma (Linda Cardellini), Shaggy (Matthew Lillard), and Scooby-Doo (Neil Fanning) are hot on the trail of a masked villain who shows up at the grand opening of the Coolsville Museum of Criminology. Who is responsible for stealing the costumes of past unmasked monsters? Is this all the responsibility of their old nemesis Dr. Jonathan Jacob? And what about museum curator Patrick Wisely and that pesky and persistent TV news reporter Heather Jasper-Howe?
The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra (2001) PG
An homage to the campy, kitschy B movies of the 1950s, this independent sci-fi comedy relates the antics that ensue when a meteorite containing a rare element falls to earth. In this tale shot on videotape, director Larry Blamire stars as Dr. Paul Armstrong, who along with his wife Betty (Fay Masterson) heads to the mountains in search of atmosphereum. Before the story is done, he gets tangled up with a radioactive monster, curious space aliens, an evil scientist, and a crabby skeleton. A 2009 sequel, The Lost Skeleton Returns Again, returns most of the original cast for another tongue-in-cheek caper.