Picks and Pans Review: Frankenweenie
The Disney Channel (Sun., Oct. 18, 8:30 P.M. ET)
This is the television premiere of the black-and-white short that visionary director Tim Burton (Batman) made back in 1984, at a time when he was employed as an animator for Disney. Daniel Stern, Shelley Duvall and Joseph Maher appear in this silly live-action spoof of Boris Karloff's classic Frankenstein films, in which a boy (Barret Oliver) brings his dog, Sparky, back from the dead.
For a director working on a modest budget, Burton showed real control of his craft. The film is marked by the same strikingly macabre set design and sardonic view of American domesticity that informed Burton's later work, such as Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands.
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