In the mid 80s Tim Burton made a 30 minute live-action film for Disney called Frankenweenie. It was a kid-friendly homage to Frankenstein about a boy who resurrects his beloved pet dog. Shot in black & white starring Oliver Barret, Shelly Duvall and Daniel Stern, it was a smart, funny and nostalgic experiment. The story was obviously close to Burton's heart because now, almost 30 years later, he has returned with a feature length stop-motion animation remake. Expanding on the original story, Burton has added an assortment of new and delightful characters whom all reflect elements of Frank Whale's classic 1931 film, Frankenstein. Keeping with the homage he has shot his new Frankenweenie in black & white again which is a huge gamble for a feature length kids movie. We watched it with our kids and we all agree that Frankenweenie is easily one of the best family films of the past few years. Burton's flare for stop-motion is wonderful and as with A Nightmare Before Christmas, James & the Giant Peach and The Corpse Bride... Frankenweenie is a pure delight. The character creations are fantastic and the voice performances are excellent and every gag hits the mark. An appealing factor for me was that Burton doesn't shy away from dark subject matter... a lot of this movie is scary and grotesque and the younger viewers are treated with respect and the privilege of being able to see and process the images on screen. For every dark moment there is a sentimental or comical one to even the balance and the concepts of death and loss are dealt with maturely. This is super super fun and an almost perfect one ***spoiler alert*** and my only problem with it is the final moments. I'd have ended it differently and kept it faithful to the Frankenstein legacy. SEE THIS ONE!