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Frankenweenie -- When a car hits young Victor's pet dog Sparky, Victor decides to bring him back to life the only way he knows how.  But when the bolt-necked "monster" wreaks havoc and terror in the hearts of Victor's neighbors, he has to convince them that Sparky's still the good, loyal friend he's always been.


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Tim Burton (based on an original idea by)
Leonard Ripps (screenplay)
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Release Date:
1 December 1994 (Spain) See more »
A comic twist on a classic tail!
A young boy sets out to revive his dead pet using the monstrous power of science. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Shelley Duvall ... Susan Frankenstein

Daniel Stern ... Ben Frankenstein

Barret Oliver ... Victor Frankenstein

Joseph Maher ... Mr. Chambers
Roz Braverman ... Mrs. Epstein

Paul Bartel ... Mr. Walsh

Sofia Coppola ... Anne Chambers (as Domino)

Jason Hervey ... Frank Dale
Paul C. Scott ... Mike Anderson
Helen Boll ... Mrs. Curtis
Sparky ... Sparky
Rusty James ... Raymond

Directed by
Tim Burton 
Writing credits
Tim Burton (based on an original idea by)

Leonard Ripps (screenplay) (as Lenny Ripps)

Produced by
Rick Heinrichs .... associate producer
Julie Hickson .... producer
Original Music by
Michael Convertino 
David Newman 
Cinematography by
Thomas E. Ackerman  (as Thomas Ackerman)
Film Editing by
Ernest Milano 
Casting by
Joe Scully 
Bill Shepard 
Art Direction by
John B. Mansbridge 
Set Decoration by
Roger M. Shook  (as Roger Shook)
Makeup Department
Marvin J. McIntyre .... makeup artist
Connie Nichols .... hair stylist
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist
Production Management
Tom Leetch .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Scott Cameron .... second assistant director
Richard Learman .... first assistant director
Art Department
Gary Antista .... property master
Tim Burton .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Laurence Abrams .... boom operator
Wayne Allwine .... foley artist
Nick Alphin .... sound re-recording mixer
George Fredrick .... sound editor
John Glascock .... sound mixer
Robert Hathaway .... sound supervisor (as Bob Hathaway)
David M. Horton .... sound editor (as David Horton)
Al Maguire .... adr editor
Joe Parker .... sound effects editor (as Joseph Parker)
Richard Portman .... sound re-recording mixer
George Probert .... sound editor
Frank Regula .... sound re-recording mixer (as Frank C. Regula)
Roger Sword .... sound editor
Allen Hurd .... sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Ed Angell .... special electrical effects (as Ed Angel)
Hans Metz .... special effects supervisor
Haris Metz .... special effects
Roland Tantin .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Allen Gonzales .... visual effects animation
Donna Hall .... stunt player
Bob Herron .... stunt player
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Anderson .... second unit photography
Ron Batzdorff .... still photographer
Dan Delgado .... best boy (as Danny Delgado Jr.)
Rusty Geller .... second unit photography
Douglas Knapp .... camera operator (as Doug Knapp)
Essil Massinburg .... key grip
Richard Mosier .... second assistant camera
Ward Russell .... gaffer
William Waldman .... first assistant camera (as Bill Waldman)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sandy Berke Jordan .... costumer: women (as Sandy Berke-Jordan)
Milton G. Mangum .... costumer: men
Jack Sandeen .... costume department supervisor
Editorial Department
Marty Stanovich .... assistant editor
Music Department
Jay Lawton .... music supervisor
Shawn Murphy .... music scoring mixer
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Jack Wadsworth .... music editor
Other crew
Doris Chisholm .... script supervisor (as Doris Moody Chisholm)
Rolf Darbo .... location manager
Cristie Miele .... animal trainer (as Christy Miele)
Chris Buck .... special thanks
Clark Hunter .... special thanks
Marcia Jacobs .... special thanks
Ed Nunnery .... special thanks
Dave Smith .... special thanks

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29 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »

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This was originally scheduled to be released on the same program as the 1984 re-release of Pinocchio (1940), but was pulled after test screenings upset children.See more »
Susan Frankenstein:Did you ever figure out what this thing is supposed to be?
Ben Frankenstein:I think it's either a piece of fine art or a paperweight.
Susan Frankenstein:I don't even remember who gave it to us.
Ben Frankenstein:My sister gave it to us.
Susan Frankenstein:Oh. Well, then it must be a paperweight.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Howard the Duck (1986)See more »


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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Tim Burton's talent clearly shows in his early short film!, 8 June 2004
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

I just love this… A classic, immortal story enriched with personal ingeniousness! That's exactly what Tim Burton did here! His jolly little film introduces us to the 10-year-old Victor Frankenstein who can't bear the loss of his beloved dog. A car hit Sparky and Victor doesn't want any other dog to replace him. So, he sews him back in one piece and reanimates him electrically! This short only lasts a good half hour but that's more than enough time for Burton to inject memorable sequences, black humor and a healthy dose of social criticism. Burton mocks the life in small American villages, like he'd do it again later in his classic `Edward Scissorhands'. The director also knows the classic Frankenstein version by heart and terrifically reuses the settings and atmosphere here. Just look at that adorable scene with the miniature windmill near the end! An outstanding short with humor, a bit of tension … and even good acting! Frankenweenie stars Daniel Stern (C.H.U.D) and Shelley Duvall (The Shining). It can be found as an extra feature on the Nightmare Before Christmas Special Edition DVD, for example.

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