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Reel World — ‘Frankenweenie’ is an old-school gothic treat - Brenham Banner-Press : Editorials

Reel World — ‘Frankenweenie’ is an old-school gothic treat

Posted: Thursday, October 4, 2012 11:56 am

Tim Burton would probably never be interested in a standard boy-and-his-dog tale, but “Frankenweenie” (3 stars out of 4) seems to fit his twisted sensibilities just fine.

Burton’s latest foray into animation as a director (following “Corpse Bride” in 2005) is a feature-length adaptation of his 1984 live-action short film that helped launch his career. He uses his preferred stop-motion technique, this time in black and white and in 3D, to create a unique visual texture that enhances a charming coming-of-age saga with the filmmaker’s expected touches of fright amid the funny.

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