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(2012)

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This is Tim Burton's first film since Big Fish (2003) not to feature Johnny Depp, his first since Sleepy Hollow (1999) not to feature Helena Bonham Carter and his first since Mars Attacks! (1996) to feature neither of them.
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Winona Ryder and Tim Burton's 3rd collaboration. Their previous one, Edward Scissorhands (1990) was 21 years earlier.
One of Tim Burton's regular actors, Christopher Lee, did not take part in this film, but archive footage of him in Horror of Dracula (1958) is watched by Victor's parents on television.
The demonstration that Mr. Rzykruski shows in class of the frog's legs twitching when given electricity is based on actual experiments in 1771 by Italian physicist Luigi Galvani, who was the first to discover that the legs of dead frogs and other dead creatures twitched and moved when sparked by electricity. This to led to the study of bio-electricity and further study of the nervous system and its functions. The study of "galvanic" effects in biology is named after Galvani, who is seen as the discoverer of bio-electricity. Several of Tim Burton's movies have played with this theme, most notably Frankenweenie and Edward Scissorhands.
The pet cemetery features the grave of Zero from The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993).
A turtle named "Shelley" is buried in the pet cemetery. Mary Shelley wrote "Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus," the novel on which this film is loosely based.
The mayor of the town is Mr. Burgermeister, which means mayor in German.
This film reunites Tim Burton with Winona Ryder and Catherine O'Hara who previously worked with Burton on Beetlejuice (1988).
Victor's friend and next-door neighbor is "Elsa Van Helsing", a reference to Abraham Van Helsing, Bram Stoker's Dracula character, and Elsa Lanchester, the original "The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)".
The film was filmed at Three Mills Studios. In the movie, at the fair, there are casks of "Drie Molens" beer. "Drie Molens" in Dutch means "Three Mills".
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).
This film contains many references and influences from horror cinema of many different sub-genres across motion picture history, from the 1920s to the 1980s. See Movie Connections.
The hair on the head of Elsa Van Helsing's dog Persephone is copied from the hair of Elsa Lanchester's character in The Bride of Frankenstein (1935).
One of Tim Burton's famed director trademarks is absent from this movie. Most Burton movie opening credits "follow" a person or object, this one's credits do not.
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.
Mr. Rzykruski looks a lot like Vincent Price, an actor by whose films Tim Burton was influenced.
Tim Burton created the Weird Girl ("Staring Girl") in his book "The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories" (1997).
Nassor is strongly similar in appearance and speech to original 1931 Frankenstein's monster while his hamster is a Mummy. Both Frankenstein (1931) and The Mummy (1932) where played by the actor Boris Karloff.
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The character Mrs. Frankenstein (Victor's mother) resembles Barbara Bain, once married to Martin Landau, who provides the voice for the character Mr. Rzykruski.
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Persephone the poodle is named after the Greek nature goddess who was kidnapped by and forcibly married to Hades, god of the underworld and lord of the dead.
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The clock in Victor's attic workshop carries the brand of Miles Paulley, art department assistant coordinator.
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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.
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Someone mentioned Burgermeister means Mayor in German. There is more to this however. The character Burgermeister is also the Mayor of the town. In the 1970's children's stop animation classic "Santa Claus is Coming to Town", which tells the story about Kris Kringle and how he became Santa Claus, the evil antagonist is called Burgermeister Meisterburger and bears an uncanny resemblance in both appearance and voice to the character from the Christmas television special.
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The towns name, New Holland was once the name of the island continent of Australia from the mid 1600s till the 1800s. It was named by the Dutch explorer Abel Tasman after whom the Australian island state Tasmania was named.
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John August was approached to do a rewrite of the Frankenweenie (1984) script in 2006.
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Tim Burton:  [dogs]  Sparky the dog gets horribly damaged and altered.
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