Rated: PG for thematic elements, scary images and action. Reviewed by: Frank Release date: October 5, 2012 Released by: Walt Disney Pictures
This is Tim Burton's reanimation of traditional horror films in a soft way presented through the big round white eyes of Victor (Charlie Tahan).
We see a range of characters boys and girls attending science class taught by long face dark character Mr Rzykruski (Martin Landau) who looks like a slow speaking Lincoln with a sinister spooky expression at his science class. He teaches how folks get zapped by bolts of lightening. Victor who by-the-way has the last name Frankenstein will use that knowledge latter in the film.
It's Sparky the dog who prompts the story after he is hit by a car and looses his life. Victor becomes obsessive and using his knowledge of lightening from Mr Rzykruski and obvious borrowing from the old Frankenstein films constructs an elevator that passes through the roof on to a space beneath the A frame of a swing set in an attempt to bring Sparky back.
Patched together and sparked by a bolt form the sky the dog revives. He has some draw backs like a tail that falls off and must be replaced, sewed back on by Victor. But the secret of reanimation becomes known and other kids play with the process which results in Godzilla type characters, three finger creatures similar to the invaders in War of the Worlds and a car stomping beast quite like The Beast from 20 Thousand Fantoms. They are all set loose on the small isolated town.
Burton has never been better, even more than The Nightmare before Christmas his tongue-in-cheek characters and creatures bring fun and adventure along with warm pleasant moments. This is a brilliant smart clever production. The bright large white eyes with black dots in the center offer feeling from the animated character who are all likable and bring emotion through the creative animation.