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Frankenweenie (2012)

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When a boy's beloved dog passes away suddenly, he attempts to bring the animal back to life through a powerful science experiment.



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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 USA:

$11,412,213, 7 October 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Victor goes to the pet cemetery to dig up Sparky, he throws some dirt onto a grave saying 'Goodbye Kitty' which resembles the 'Hello Kitty' logo. See more »


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 »


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

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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Adorable Tale of Loyalty and Friendship
28 January 2013 | by See all my reviews

In New Holland, the boy Victor Frankenstien is a bright but outcast student without any friend but his dog Sparky. When the newcomer science teacher Mr. Rzykruski challenges the students to participate in the science fair, Victor's father forces him to play baseball otherwise he would not sign the necessary authorization for his son.

During the game, Sparky chases the ball and is hit by a car. Victor recalls Mr. Rzykruski's class about the effects of electricity and successfully resuscitates Sparky using lightning. Victor hides Sparky in the attic but the weird Edgar sees the dog on the garden and blackmails Victor to learn how to bring the dead to life. Edgar does not keep the secret and soon Victor's envious schoolmates revive several creatures to win the science fair contest. When the town is invaded by the monsters, Victor and Sparky are the last chance to rescue the girl Elsa van Helsing from the claws of Mr. Whiskers.

"Frankenweenie" is another stop-motion animation by Tim Burton in black and white with a great tribute to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein with a happy ending. The story is actually an adorable tale of loyalty and friendship and it is delightful to see the frolic of Sparky. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Frankenweenie"

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