I never saw the original 30-minute live action short Tim Burton made before he was well-known. He must have had a lot of affection for it, because he made this version, three times as long. Both films concern a boy who brings his pet dog back to life. There are a lot of visual sight gags involving his tail falling off, and so forth. The story is not bad, but I might have wished for a darker version instead of the happy ending Tim opted for.