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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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Complete credited cast:
Mrs. Frankenstein / Weird Girl / Gym Teacher (voice)
Mr. Frankenstein / Mr. Burgemeister / Nassor (voice)
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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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The towns name, New Holland was once the name of the island continent of Australia from the mid 1600s till the 1800s. It was named by the Dutch explorer Abel Tasman after whom the Australian island state Tasmania was named. See more »


When Victor went back to the Pet Cemetery to retrieve Sparky to bring him back to life, you see some flowers on top of where Sparky was buried. In the next scene, when Victor starts digging, the flowers moved to the side with no indication of Victor bending over to move them. See more »


Victor Frankenstien: [giving an excuse about an upturned bucket moving across attic floor, as Sparky struggles to escape from it] It's a robot.
Mrs. Frankenstien: A robotic bucket?
Victor Frankenstien: Yes.
Mrs. Frankenstien: For mopping, I suppose?
Victor Frankenstien: Yes.
Mrs. Frankenstien: Maybe when you're finished, you'll let me use it.
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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 »


Referenced in Special Collector's Edition: La carrera del siglo (2013) See more »


Strange Love
Written by Karen O (as Karen Orzolek)
Produced by J.G. Thirlwell (as Jim Thirlwell)
Performed by Karen O
Courtesy of Polydor Records,
a division of Universal Music Operations Ltd (UK)/Interscope Records (North America)
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An "Electrifying" Tale Of A Boy and His Dog.... Arf! Arf! Arf!
14 June 2013 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

With its cute, yet, decidedly creepy-looking characters, and all, I thought that Frankenweenie was a pretty darn good "Mad Scientist" story that's sure to be a hit with audiences of all ages.

Containing some very nice touches of warped humor, grotesque horror and several arousing moments of pathos (cleverly injected into its weird, but oddly wonderful, little tale), Frankenweenie has proved, once again, that director Tim Burton still has the master's touch when it comes to making stop-motion, animated films that seem to emerge from the very depths of the dark-side.

If nothing else, Frankenweenie certainly turned out to be a lovingly-charged homage to a variety of classic horror, monster, and Sci-Fi pictures from those glorious days of yesteryear.

All-in-all, Frankenweenie certainly had its share of flaws, but, just the same, I certainly hadn't expected to enjoy this film as much as I did.

Appropriately filmed in b&w, thank goodness that it didn't contain any musical numbers.

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