• PG
  • Tim Burton (2012)
  • US
  • 83 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Director Tim Burton fleshes out his 1984 short film about a boy who resurrects his dead pooch, doing so with subtle deadpan humour and joyful, life-affirming spirit. As with Corpse Bride (2005), Burton uses stop-motion animation, but this time opts for a polished monochrome palette to evoke old B-movie horror flicks, which are heavily referenced throughout. Victor (voiced by Charlie Tahan) is a sensitive hero, a science geek whose formula for reviving dead pets unleashes all kinds of monster mayhem on his sleepy home town (check out the nods to Godzilla movies). The story wavers slightly in the middle as Victor's classmates plot to uncover his secret, but the characters nevertheless keep you transfixed; a wickedly funny gallery of grotesques that are vividly designed and dryly voiced by the likes of Martin Landau, Catherine O'Hara and Winona Ryder. It's poignant, too, with an epic sweep that fills the screen and amplifies small moments of pathos. A genuine spine-tingling delight.

Plot Summary

A lonely boy uses electricity to bring his dead dog back to life. However, the presence of the animal in the neighbourhood leads to panic over a monster, while the young scientist's classmates are soon also meddling with life and death to revive their own pets. Tim Burton's stop-motion animated fantasy, with the voices of Charlie Tahan and Winona Ryder.

Cast and crew


Mrs Frankenstein / Weird girl / Gym teacher
Catherine O'Hara
Mr Frankenstein / Nassor / Mr Bergemeister
Martin Short
Mr Rzykruski
Martin Landau
Charlie Tahan
Elsa Van Helsing
Winona Ryder
Edgar "E" Gore
Atticus Shaffer
Robert Capron
Bob's mom
Conchata Ferrell


Tim Burton

Other Information

Black and White
Theatrical distributor: 
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 17 Oct 2012
Certificate PG