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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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Elsa Van Helsing's dog is named Persephone. In Greek mythology, Persephone was a beautiful woman who spent half of her time on Earth and the other half with Hades in the Land of the Dead. See more »


Victor raises Sparky onto the roof with a swing set he attached to the attic skylight. When he let the kites go on his roof in the same scene, the swing set is gone. See more »


Victor Frankenstien: I was doing my experiment, my project, and the first time it worked great. But the next time it didn't. I mean, it sort of worked, but then it didn't. And I don't know why.
Mr. Rzykruski: Then maybe you never really understood it the first time. People think science is here
[pointing to head]
Mr. Rzykruski: but it is also here.
[pointing to chest]
Mr. Rzykruski: The first time, did you love your experiment?
Victor Frankenstien: Yes.
Mr. Rzykruski: Ah. And the second time?
Victor Frankenstien: No. I just wanted it over.
Mr. Rzykruski: Then you changed the variables.
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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 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.44 (2010) See more »


Green Peppers
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Entertaining trifle
22 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Judged as a comedy, Frankenweenie isn't really that great. The humor is rarely more than mild. But the movie actually did a pretty good job with the story, which is well paced and has moments of genuine - if mild - suspense.

It's also - and this is to be expected from any Tim Burton movie - really good looking, with stylish black and white animation and a cast of creepy looking kids.

As someone familiar with the original movies, I appreciate the way it pays tribute to its source material. It is also wonderfully imaginative, most notably in the first resuscitation scene.

One criticism; even by the standards of kids cartoons or old horror movies, this thing makes zero sense. The lack of any sort of logic is, however, so in-your-face that I accept it as purposeful and thus just accept that this is a movie that's not supposed to make any sense.

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