Out Now: Tim Burton’s ‘Frankenweenie’ a fun mash-up

Tim Burton’s ‘Frankenweenie.’
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Sat, Jan 12, 2013
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The Washington Post has compiled a list of entertainment opportunities now available:

TOP PICK

“Frankenweenie,” on DVD and Blu-ray

Filmmaker Tim Burton’s animated, feature-length adaptation of his own 1984 short is a darkly funny love letter to classic horror movies, a monster mash-up of “Frankenstein,” “Godzilla” and other beloved, if cheesy, fright-fests.

Transplanting “Frankenstein” to the 1950s, Burton turns Mary Shelley’s hero into a school-age science nerd (voice of Charlie Tahan) who can’t accept that his dog, Sparky, has been run over by a car. Yes, it’s a bit intense at times. This is, after all, Tim Burton. But there’s plenty here to love for both nostalgic parents and slightly twisted kids — or at least the older, less easily frightened ones.

— Michael O’Sullivan

MOVIES

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  • “Amour”
  • “Gangster Squad”
  • “A Haunted House

BOOKS

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  • “A Memory of Light,” by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
  • “Tenth of December: Stories,” by George Saunders

ALBUMS

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DVDs

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VIDEO GAMES

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