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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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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 »
Mrs. Curtis:[trying to resurrect Sparky by hooking him up to jumper cables to their cars, nothing happens] Give it more juice!See more »
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Spoofs Godzilla (1954)See more »


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The 'Frankenstein' of the 80's, 8 December 2010
Author: bts1984 from Portugal

It's easy to see where this wonderful little tale got its inspiration from. It was from the 1931 film 'Frankenstein', which is only strengthened by the fact that this is filmed in black and white. This short is like a lighter version of 'Frankenstein'. It's more cute than scary or macabre, although it still has some of that familiar dark feeling. Above all the things, this is film-making of quality, with awesome visuals in a Gothic style.

The music is terrific, the pace is excellent, the locations cinematography is marvelous, the characters are generally likable, the actors are great, there is humor... it's a little movie that oozes charm and nostalgia.

Barret Oliver, the cute kid from 'The Neverending Story' (1984) and 'D.A.R.Y.L.' (1985), is once again terrific, here as Victor Frankenstein. Shelley Duvall aka "Olive Oyl" offers another great performance as Susan Frankenstein. Daniel Stern is Ben Frankenstein. Even here he already showed potential as a comic (and this was years before becoming a superstar with the first two 'Home Alone' movies). Even looking younger and without beird and mustache, ain't no mistaking on that "Marv" face.

And there is also Sparky the Bull Terrier, awesome as Sparky (just like his name in real life). Sparky is a nice name for a dog. Bull Terriers have got to be among the most peculiar-looking dogs, in great part thanks to their unique head in the shape of an egg.

The title 'Frankenweenie' is unusual. I can perfectly see where it got the "Franken" from. As for the "weenie", it probably is meant to make one realize it's a "kid's version" so that it's suitable for kids to watch and not scary like the original tale.

This "piece of a watchmaker's shop" is the best thing Tim Burton ever did. This is his masterpiece.

Title in Portugal: 'Frankenweenie', I guess.

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