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Tim Burton (based on an original idea by)
Leonard Ripps (screenplay)
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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

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Tim Burton was fired from Disney for "wasting" their resources on films like this which they deemed too scary for family viewing. That did not stop Disney from releasing it on VHS after Burton became famous, although only in a censored version. The The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) DVD is its first uncensored appearance on home video.See more »
Mr. Chambers:[putting his cat out for the night] I hope you run into a ten-foot mouse.See more »
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
A cute take on the legend, 25 June 2006
Author: Grann-Bach ( from Denmark

Along with Vincent, this short is featured on the DVD of The Nightmare Before Christmas. Since I first read about it here on IMDb, I've wanted to watch it. It's a delightful little film version of Frankenstein, seen from a child's perspective, and with charm and a sweet sense of humor. You'd be hard pressed to find a film that, whilst remaining somewhat dark, still manages to appeal to the kid in all of us so well. Most anyone can enjoy this. The fact that Burton was fired from Disney for making this kind of film is quite sad. This short displays beyond any doubt that Tim could easily have handled great children's films. The plot is well-written and moves along nicely. The scene of Sparky's demise is almost painful to watch, as it is so easy to see where it's going, how it'll end. But Burton holds us there, keeps us in a position where we can only watch, anticipating what will happen but do nothing. The way the story develops and ends works very well. I shouldn't write it out in detail, as it is far too great to spoil. The acting is solid, with few, if any, performances lacking. The characters are credible, if slightly grotesque at times(a trait Burton brings to most of his projects, be they about the living or otherwise). The writing is very good all-round. The humor is neither cruel nor juvenile... just about everyone can laugh at it. It is at times somewhat dark, though. Not much left to say... I enjoyed this simply shot, fun little movie, a sign of great things to come for Tim Burton. I recommend this to any fans of him and anyone looking to watch alternate re-tellings of the great novel. 7/10

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