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Frankenweenie (2012)

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Young Victor conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences.

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Mrs. Frankenstein / Weird Girl / Gym Teacher (voice)
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Mr. Frankenstein / Mr. Burgemeister / Nassor (voice)
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Edgar 'E' Gore (voice)
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When young Victor's pet dog Sparky (who stars in Victor's home-made monster movies) is hit by a car, 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 (and his parents) that despite his appearance, Sparky's still the good loyal friend he's always been. Written by Kathy Li

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The electrifying dog is back from beyond the grave


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Rated PG for thematic elements, scary images and action | See all certifications »

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Chó Ma Frankenweenie  »

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Budget:

$39,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$11,412,213 (USA) (5 October 2012)

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$35,287,788 (USA) (22 February 2013)
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The film was filmed at Three Mills Studios. In the movie, at the fair, there are casks of "Drie Molens" beer. "Drie Molens" in Dutch means "Three Mills". See more »

Goofs

During the classroom scene when Mr. Rzykruski is explaining the mechanics of lightning, his diagram shows positively charged clouds above the ground, which is shown as being negatively charged by electrons. The diagram should contain negatively charged clouds (containing a surplus of negatively charged electrons) over the ground which should not have any charge. See more »

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Victor Frankenstien: Nobody likes scientists.
Mr. Rzykruski: They like what science gives them, but not the questions, no. Not the questions that science asks.
Victor Frankenstien: [pause] Actually, I have a question.
Mr. Rzykruski: [chuckles] That is why you are scientist.
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When the Disney logo has almost completed, a flash of lightning turns the logo black-and-white, the sky turns cloudy and the music turns scary. See more »

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References Batman (1989) See more »

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Lost Cause
Written by Alex da Kid, Joshua Mosser, and Dan Reynolds
Performed by Imagine Dragons
Courtesy of Interscope Records
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They've gotta learn sooner or later...
15 August 2013 | by See all my reviews

If anywhere there was a braver ending needed, it's here. Kids could have learned that life is but fleeting, we all suffer heartbreak sooner or later, say goodbye to the ones we love... This is an important lesson indeed. But, no. In the interest of a few mums and dads having to tolerate some waterworks on the way home from the cinema, Burton decides to go for what is essentially a cop out. Rather cowardly, if you ask me.

The whole film has the feel of an old B movie (but is set in the present day) as it is shot entirely in black and white and contains more than one horror reference. Spookiness pervades the atmosphere, as Danny Elfman's Gothic score meanders in the background like a funeral march. Poor Victor loses his dog, and his mourning and subsequent resurrection of his pet carries real emotion weight.

This doesn't last though, as the plot stretches to Victor's classmates experimenting on other deceased creatures, turning them into freaks of nature that invade the town. This is an arresting spectacle, but a betrayal of what transpired before... turning the movie from a personal tale about a boy and his half-dead canine, into an OTT monster movie. It feels like a different film, and not one that matched up to the poignant first half.

Not for one minute would I suggest I could tell Mr Burton how to do his job. But I think less action, and more storytelling would have improved the final reel no end... As well as a more courageous conclusion. Oh well, everyone's a critic (Most don't enunciate their thoughts as well as I do, though)... ;) 6/10


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