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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 mayor of the town is Mr. Burgermeister, which means mayor in German. 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 »


Mr. Rzykruski: Science is not good or bad, Victor. But it can be used both ways. That is why you must always be careful.
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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 »


Featured in The Oscars (2013) See more »


Written by Alfred Kluten
Courtesy of APM Music
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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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