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Blu-ray Review: Tim Burton’s Return to Playful Form with ‘Frankenweenie’

28 January 2013 3:13 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – Tim Burton used to be one of my favorite filmmakers. His first eight films, from 1985 to 1999 — “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure,” “Beetlejuice,” “Batman,” “Edward Scissorhands,” “Batman Returns,” “Ed Wood,” “Mars Attacks!,” and “Sleepy Hollow” — made him one of my favorite filmmakers alive. And then he fell from the pedestal on which I put him, with over a decade of disappointment. I heard he had returned to form by expanding on one of his first visions in “Frankenweenie,” now available on Blu-ray and DVD. Almost.

Blu-ray Rating: 3.5/5.0

I’ll admit that “Frankenweenie” displays some of the wit and creativity that Burton lost in his soulless work of the ’00s but I still wish he had made it 20 years ago. Just because it’s undeniably better than other mainstream animated junk like “Ice Age 4” or “Hotel Transylvania” doesn’t make it great. Only by comparison. To be fair, there’s a lot of fun, »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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