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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 film's release spawned a fan theory that this film, and Burton's other two stop motion animated films, The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) and Corpse Bride (2005), all are taking place in a shared continuity, and tell one big story spanning several centuries, and the possibility that Victor Frankenstein and Sparky are descendants of Victor Dort and scraps from Corpse Bride (2005). See more »


On the chalkboard the word "Life" above the drawing of Sparky disappears in a following scene. See more »


Victor Frankenstien: You said yourself, if you could bring back Sparky, you would!
Mr. Frankenstein: Yes, but that was different because we couldn't! It's easy to promise the impossible.
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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 Rodan (1956) See more »


Elsa's Song
Performed by Winona Ryder
Lyrics by John August and Danny Elfman
Music by Danny Elfman
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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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