Before this movie, I had a feeling that we might never see the real Tim Burton again, that he had lost his mojo, that he was destined to re-make movies worse than the original for the rest of his career. Thankfully, he’s proved me wrong with this gem!
This is Tim at his best, with all the inventiveness and creativity that I remember from way back when. It draws heavily in style and feel on the characters already created in ‘The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy’, and the story allegedly written for the past twenty years, as he failed to get this same feature made a number of years ago.
The story of a young boy who deals with the death of his dog by bringing him back to life is typical Gothic horror that you would associate with Burton, and the animation and humor carry the piece. Great to see Tim return to form, and hopefully his next effort keeps to this level. A must see for any fan of animation or Tim Burton. Grade: B