Kids movies come and go, and then there's Tim Burton.
This weekend, the spooky artist of all trades finally brings his "Frankenweenie" to the big screen. And I only know that is true because of the new, interactive "Frankenweenie: An Electrifying Book" title free from Apple's iBookstore.
Harrison, my 8-year-old son, poured over the e-book, which explained how Burton first conceived the live-action short film in the 1980s. Of course, the full-length stop action animated film about a scientifically minded boy named Victor who brings his beloved dog Sparky back to life opens in theaters Oct. 5. They and a host of other characters are detailed in the e-book.
Burton's work is not foreign to my son. He has seen "Beetlejuice," "The Nightmare Before Christmas" and other movies by the film director and producer. But he also accompanied me to Burton's entertaining and comprehensive 2009 retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art. It was a treat to see Burton's familiar sketches in the e-book.
I particularly enjoyed sampling the film's two soundtracks, which feature a more upbeat version of "Pet Sematary" by the Plain White T's and a modern version of "Witchcraft" by The Cure's Robert Smith.
Pictured: 'Frankenweenie: An Electrifying Book'