If the story sounds familiar, it’s because Burton already made Frankenweenie— and it got him fired from Disney back in 1984. I remember it lovingly, as well as the short movie The Family Dog, which had the same hilarious bull terrier. Thanks to Burton’s recent success with turning cartoons and family movies a little darker (thank you, Alice! ) he’s been given the green light to recreate his original masterpiece in black and white stop-motion animation featuring voice actors like Winona Ryder and Catherine O’Hara.
Is it a little morbid for a kid movie? Yep. But I always admire how Burton can take the darkest subject and bring it home in a warm and meaningful way. On the outside, it’s a gothy tale of a kid zapping a dead dog with lightning. But on the inside, it’s about loyalty, never giving up on friends, and not judging a book by a cover. That’s a Frankenpup I can get behind.~Delilah