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Best For Tweens (10-12)
Rated PG
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Animation | Fantasy/Sci-Fi
Inspired by lessons learned in his science class, young Victor manages to bring his beloved dog, Sparky, back to life, leading his classmates to try to do the same with their own late pets.

Tim Burton is back with the stylish, stop-motion animation that has become his signature--and this time he's added 3D. For many reasons, though, this black and white movie is completely inappropriate for younger children. The loss of a pet is often a child's first confrontation with death, which, in itself, makes this story sad and scary. The fact that Victor is the only one able to keep his dog alive after dying (twice!) sends a dangerous message to impressionable young viewers that if they just love their pet enough, they, too, will be able to cheat death. To put it clearly, the movie would actually have been a lot less disturbing if Burton had simply let the dog die.
Baby (0-2)
No This movie is intended for older children.
Preschool (3-5)
No This movie is intended for older children.
Kids (6-9)
Maybe The movie is too intense for younger children, who will be horrified when Sparky is fatally hit by a car when running to fetch a ball. Older kids will be fascinated by the whole idea of digging up pets who have died and using electricity to bring them back to life. Note: This is not necessarily a good thing.
Tweens (10-12)
Yes Tim Burton fans will enjoy the filmmaker's macabre storytelling, and will appreciate the close bond between Victor and Sparky. Tweens will relate to Victor, who grieves for his dog and tells his parents, "I don't want him in my heart. I want him here with me." They'll also agree with Victor's dad when he admits, "Sometimes adults don't know what they're talking about."
--Lois Alter Mark, the Flicks for Kids Expert
DVD Features
The combo pack comes with Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and digital copies of the movie. The DVD includes a music video and a touring art exhibit. The Blu-ray adds two original short films plus a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the movie.
Points For Parents
Movie Pluses

  • Celebrates the human-canine bond
  • Encourages imagination
  • Makes science interesting
Movie Minuses

  • Lots of death--and reanimation
  • Scary creatures and disturbing imagery
  • Potty humor