A woman transformed into a giant after she is struck by a meteorite on her wedding day becomes part of a team of monsters sent in by the U.S. government to defeat an alien mastermind trying to take over Earth.
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
While Tim Burton based the town of New Holland on a similar town in which he grew up outside Burbank, California, Disney officially chose New Holland, Pennsylvania as the town where the film takes place. After the principle of New Holland Elementary School (also the name of the school in the film) contacted Burton and the film's producers about the fictional town's similarities to New Holland, PA, Disney representatives brought movie segments and promotional materials to the school. Disney representatives also brought a parade float to New Holland's fall festival. New Holland, PA is also known for its Pennsylvania Dutch background and holds a fall festival similar to the "Dutch Day" in the film. 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 »
How are we supposed to see an invisible goldfish?
Edgar 'E' Gore:
Put your finger in. You can feel it.
[inserting hand into glass jar of plain water]
Ah! It bit me!
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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 »
An "Electrifying" Tale Of A Boy and His Dog.... Arf! Arf! Arf!
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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