Short Takes: Jul. 20, 1992


Edward Scissorhound

SPARKY, A PIT BULLTERRIER WITH A sweet disposition, gets run over by a car, and Victor Frankenstein (Barret Oliver), his 10-year-old master, determines to revive him using a microwave and a toaster. FRANKENWEENIE sounds like pure Tim Burton, and it is. The 27-min. Disney comedy, made in 1984 and now released as a home video, marked the debut of the director of the Batman blockbusters. This ripe tale has intimations of Burton's Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands: the undead and a wild child sundered in suburbia. But Burton's Batmanic surrealism is plenty evident here. The pet cemetery is adorned...

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