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Tim Burton hits familiar themes of growing up, loss and isolation by way of re-animating a dead dog. Of course he does.
broken shark believes in full disclosure so we'll put this out there from the outset, we know the bod that dealt with the databasing on this. Yes, apparently films need databases too. And as such, we're not really allowed to say anything bad about it. As it happens, the film is just super so we don't need to worry about upsetting said geek. Apart from when we call him a geek. But you can't have everything.
Frankenweenie tells the everyday tale of a lonely schoolboy who refuses to accept his best friend's death and instead of heading down to Pets At Home, heads up into his attic and gets to work on retrieving said mutt from the paws of the Grim Reaper.
It's not spoiler to reveal that he succeeds and soon old Sparky is back, running around the place and having bits of him fall off in comedic fashion.
The model work is fantastic and the 3D seems less unnecessary than normal, though broken shark still has to get around to seeing the 2D version. Burton treads a skilful line between horror, parody and kid's film, throwing enough 50's B Movie references to keep the grownups chuckling and enough pooh gags to entertain the kids - the fortune telling school girl is a particular highlight.
At the time of writing, Frankenweenie hasn't made it's budget back which gives an idea that it found it difficult to find its audience but this was never going to hit the box office pay-dirt of Burton's Alice.
We found it delightful.