Filmmaker Tim Burton has gone to great creative and production lengths to make the new stop-action, animated black & white film, “Frankenweenie.” It’s a special project for Burton who started his career back in 1984 with a short film of the same title
The plot follows the traditional Frankenstein storyline. A young boy named Victor, voiced by Charlie Tahan, loses his beloved dog Sparky after the animal is hit by a car.
Overwrought by the loss, Victor eventually hatches a plan, spawned by a science experiment with a frog in school, that has him unearthing Sparky after he’s been buried and taking him to his family’s attic where Victor experiments with electricity and brings a stitched up Sparky back to life.
But Victor soon learns that his friends and the rest of the world aren’t really ready for his bit of highly charged science, plus he has to try valiantly to hide the “new” Sparky from his parents, whose voices are done by Martin Short and Catherine O’Hara.
Tim Burton marches to his own instincts and talents as a filmmaker, and “Frankenweenie,” with its dark, somber visuals and consistently bleak but agreeable look are vintage Burton. It’s far from Burton’s best work, but it worth seeing because like most of his films, it becomes a quickly acquired taste that you can never take for granted, and the anticipation will keep you glued.