Tim Burton used to be one of my favorite directors, but he's been in a rut since, oh I don't know, his flat "Planet of the Apes" remake? Everything he seems to do is a remake/reboot/adaptation. "Frankenweenie" is actually a feature length version of his 1984 short; it is no small irony that he was fired from Disney after making this and now back in the Disney fold. That said, "Frankenweenie," if totally familiar, is visually striking (something he's always excelled at), using the same stop-motion technique as "Nightmare Before Christmas" and "Corpse Bride," and has a lot of nice homages to old monster movies. Voices by Winona Ryder, Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short, and Martin Landau. Might be a little too intense/spooky for kids under 6.

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