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Bittersweet and delightful. 5 full stars for the under 13s.,
This review is from: Frankenweenie [DVD] (DVD)
Sometime in the 80s of the last century, the quirky visionary Tim Burton made a short, "Frankenweenie." This was not widely available, if not even banned by Disney. And finally, the full-legth 3D stop-motion "Frankenweenie" hit the big screens of the world in 2012, and I was excited to finally watch it at home, a few days ago.
The new "Frankenweenie" (delightful and wonderful stop-motion, if you loved Coraline (Blu-ray 3D)  [Region Free] and ParaNorman (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UV Copy) , you will love this!) is one of Burton's best works, and it has pretty simple and humane plot - a young boy's adored dog (a pit-bull!) dies. What has one to do, instead of mourning?
Victor, who is an introverted loner, but also quite an ingenious and brave kid, encouraged by his science teacher (An Eastern European, but of course!), decides to dig the pet up, hit him with a lot of electricity and, perhaps, succeed in bringing his Sparky back to life. Is he lucky in his enterprise, you wonder? Oh yeah, but the experiment carries quite a few... what to call it... side effects. Naturally, these things never quite work out the way we expect. And this time Burton really raises the ante with a monster rally of a plot that adds several additional fiends and layers of movie memories.
This feature is black and white, which makes even more amazing the fact that, even though it lacks in colour, it is full of awesome touches, such as the massive gap-toothed kid at school, who looks very much like a certain man-made monster, another pupil of the New Holland elementary school is a sinisterly cerebral Asian, then there's the bizarre girl who thinks her kitty's litter conveys evil omens (my personal favourite!).
Please beware that sensitive children may find the scenes depicting the gothic pet cemetery distressing and freak out at the violent culmination. But many kids will certainly enjoy the Burton-esque gore.
And last but not least, in the extras, you will find the amazing original Kubrick-esque short "live action" film! In my [adult] opinion, it is even better than the animation version, I swear! Five stars for the whole package.