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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?


The clock in Victor's attic workshop carries the brand of Miles Paulley, art department assistant coordinator. 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 »


Mrs. Frankenstien: When you lose someone you love, they never really leave you. They just move into a special place in your heart. He'll always be there, Victor.
Victor Frankenstien: I don't want him in my heart. I want him here with me.
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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 The Mummy (1932) See more »


Death of the Alien 1
Written by Harry Bluestone and Emil Cadkin
Courtesy of APM Music
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Stop-motion at its best
2 February 2013 | by (Lebanon) – See all my reviews


After 26 years of the short movie, Tim Burton brings us a movie with his name written all over it. Creative and original, Frankeweenie illustrates its writer's original roots.

The concept is fascinating. Most of the characters are based on iconic horror movie characters, like Frankenstein and Van Helsing. In addition, the movie is set in black and white, trying to capture the old look of horror movies. And yes, I don't think this film is suitable for children, more like teenagers and adults, containing some scenes that may disturb children.

It's the story of Victor Frankenstein (voiced by Charlie Tahan), who, after losing his beloved dog Sparky, tries to revive him using lightning. The experiment is a success, but no one should know about what happened. Things start to get messed up when Edgar (voiced by Atticus Shaffer) discovers Sparky.

The animation is great. Tim Burton brings us a stop-motion masterpiece, paying attention to every detail from the movie's beginning to its end. The decent overall voice performance does the job just fine, giving us spooky character, Atticus Shaffer's voice gave me the chills. Tim Burton's fine job and the voice actors' performance give us the horror atmosphere necessary for the movie.

Burton is always highly imaginative and creative, but he's somehow missing something. Don't get me wrong, the movie's great, but something would've made it better. Frankenweenie will entertain a good percentage of its watchers, making it a must see 2012 movie.

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