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Review: Burton revisits roots in ‘Frankenweenie’

October 3, 2012 • Entertainment


This film image released by Disney shows Edgar “E” Gore, voiced by Atticus Shaffer in a scene from “Frankenweenie.” (AP Photo/Disney)

Tim Burton reminds us of why we love Tim Burton with “Frankenweenie,” a feature-length version of the 1984 short that revealed early glimmers of the veteran director’s darkly humorous style.

Beautifully detailed and painstakingly rendered in 3-D, black-and-white, stop-motion animation, “Frankenweenie” is a visual and thematic return to the best Burton has offered in his earliest films, such as “Edward Scissorhands” and “Beetlejuice.” And it is a welcome return, given the reheated, unfocused nature of some of his more recent films like “Dark Shadows.”

Burton has said he’d always intended for “Frankenweenie” to be a full-length, stop-motion-animation feature, but he didn’t have the means; instead, he made a 30-minute, live-action short featuring Shelley Duvall, Daniel Stern and a young Sofia Coppola (credited as “Domino”). Both films are about the powerful bond between a boy and his dog, one that goes on even after death — a heartrending subject, to be sure, but one that Burton infuses with his trademark mix of lively energy and Login to read more

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