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Frankenweenie (2012)

PG  |   |  Animation, Comedy, Family  |  5 October 2012 (USA)
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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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Complete credited cast:
Mr. Rzykruski (voice)
Edgar 'E' Gore (voice)
Bob (voice)
Toshiaki (voice)
Bob's Mom (voice)


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The electrifying dog is back from beyond the grave

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

5 October 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chó Ma Frankenweenie  »

Box Office


$39,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$35,287,788 (USA) (22 February 2013)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The demonstration that Mr. Rzykruski shows in class of the frog's legs twitching when given electricity is based on actual experiments in 1771 by Italian physicist Luigi Galvani, who was the first to discover that the legs of dead frogs and other dead creatures twitched and moved when sparked by electricity. This to led to the study of bio-electricity and further study of the nervous system and its functions. The study of "galvanic" effects in biology is named after Galvani, who is seen as the discoverer of bio-electricity. Several of Tim Burton's movies have played with this theme, most notably Frankenweenie and Edward Scissorhands. See more »


When Elsa sings for Dutch Day, the candles on her hat are half melted. In the next shot, the candles have only melted a tiny bit. See more »


Victor Frankenstien: Nobody likes scientists.
Mr. Rzykruski: They like what science gives them, but not the questions, no. Not the questions that science asks.
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Crazy Credits

Towards the end of the traditional theme music, the Disney logo during the opening credits turns black and white and lightning strikes around the castle. See more »


References The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953) See more »


Green Peppers
Written by Sol Lake
Performed by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
Courtesy of Almo Properties, LLC
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Nothing exceptional
25 January 2013 | by (Zagreb, Croatia) – See all my reviews

I understand that many, even most, Tim Burton fans liked this movie very much. Some go as far as claiming that this is his best work, or that this is a refreshment to his work.

I see nothing special about this movie. This is just an average Tim Burton piece. Don't get me wrong, I love Tim Burton, but compared to his other two animated flicks ("The Nightmare Before Christmas" and "Corpse Bride"), this one can't be called anything better than average. It has all the classic Tim Burton qualities - the extraordinarily weird characters (which are just plainly weird, with no extra explanation), some black humor, dark atmosphere, great music (courtesy of Danny Elfman) and artistic touch; yet it lacks of that certain something that makes movies out-stand.

I must additionally comment on the fact that the movie is filmed in black and white technique - although I understand the reasons behind this, and generally approve of such ideas, I don't think this was as essential to this movie; in fact perhaps it would have been better if it were in color. Although I say this from an utterly subjective perspective.

All in all, a nice movie to watch, but nothing to enjoy much about. I'd say this one is for the die-hard Tim Burton fans, if you are not one of them, you can easily skip this movie, you won't have missed much.

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