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Victor Frankenstein hoists a cloth-covered cadaver through a skylight into a raging thunderstorm, hoping to install the spark of life into a corpse, while the camera captures every lightning crack in beautiful, Dutch-angled black and white. The joke here is that the cadaver is a dead dog, and Frankenstein is a young suburban kid. It’s not just a quickly recognizable homage, but an homage we’ve seen before, from the same director, Tim Burton, in 1984’s live-action short film of the same name, Frankenweenie. The changes to that short are mostly superfluous; he’s added a creepy cool science teacher and a handful of memorably unattractive classmates for Victor (one resembles Karloff as Frankenstein, one is a questionable “yellow peril” Asian...

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