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PopTop review: Tim Burton finds his spark in 'Frankenweenie'
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DVD • Director Tim Burton, who's been in an inspirational slump lately (for example, consider his awful "Dark Shadows" remake), gets a boost from the young Tim Burton in "Frankenweenie."

Burton expands his own 1984 live-action short into a charmingly goofy black-and-white stop-motion animated tale of lonely Victor, who revives his deceased pooch Sparky with lightning — and then must save the day when his classmates try the same, with disastrous results.

Burton gathers some old friends on the voice cast (including Catherine O'Hara, Martin Landau and Winona Ryder), but it's his arresting visuals (some of them too spooky for small children) that ignite this lively story. —

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