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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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A young boy sets out to revive his dead pet using the monstrous power of science. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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The Frankenstein legend from a child's perspective, with a gentle sense of humor See more (48 total) »


  (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
Location Management
Rolf Darbo .... location manager
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)
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:
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Director Trademark: [Tim Burton] [dogs]Victor's dog Sparky is hit by a car, but is later brought back to life by Victor.See more »
Mr. Chambers:Keep your dog out of my yard.
Ben Frankenstein:You know Sparky was hit by a car, we don't have a dog anymore.
Mr. Chambers:Well I don't care if you got a new dog, keep him out of here.
Ben Frankenstein:We don't have a new dog!
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References The Wolf Man (1941)See more »


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17 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
The Frankenstein legend from a child's perspective, with a gentle sense of humor, 22 March 2000
Author: mctheimer from Bellevue, Washington, USA

It's hard not to like this film. You'll especially enjoy it if you've seen (a) James Whale's "Frankenstein" and "Bride of Frankenstein," and (b) Tim Burton's "Nightmare Before Christmas."

The plot is basically the Frankenstein legend. The variation is that it's about a little boy whose dog has been hit by a car. The boy raises the dog from the dead a la Frankenstein. Charming complications ensue.

This was Tim Burton's first film, and it's a great harbinger of things to come. Burton was an animator at Disney, but the company thought he was a little too weird and let him go as an animator. This film shows how he would treat children's films, and it's delightful. You'll recognize the art direction, especially in the graveyard, from "Nightmare."

The film does a wonderful job of including nuances from the Whale flicks, from the electrodes on the dog's neck to the resuscitation lab to the brief parody of "Bride."

There's enough scary-ish stuff (slightly more gentle than meeting the Almighty Oz) to keep kids going, and enough recognizable movie riffs and humor to keep adults going. What's not to like?

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