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Frankenweenie (1984)

A young boy sets out to revive his dead pet using the monstrous power of science.

Director:

Tim Burton

Writers:

Tim Burton (based on an original idea by), Leonard Ripps (screenplay) (as Lenny Ripps)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Shelley Duvall ... Susan Frankenstein
Daniel Stern ... Ben Frankenstein
Barret Oliver ... Victor Frankenstein
Joseph Maher ... Mr. Chambers
Roz Braverman Roz Braverman ... Mrs. Epstein
Paul Bartel ... Mr. Walsh
Sofia Coppola ... Anne Chambers (as Domino)
Jason Hervey ... Frank Dale
Paul C. Scott Paul C. Scott ... Mike Anderson
Helen Boll Helen Boll ... Mrs. Curtis
Sparky Sparky ... Sparky
Rusty James Rusty James ... Raymond
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Storyline

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

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Genres:

Short | Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1994 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Frankenweenie See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Walt Disney Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Daniel Stern is only 16 years older than Barret Oliver, who plays his son. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Chambers: Keep your dog out of my yard.
Ben Frankenstein: You know Sparky was hit by a car, we don't have a dog anymore.
Mr. Chambers: Well I don't care if you got a new dog, keep him out of here.
Ben Frankenstein: We don't have a new dog!
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Referenced in Howard the Duck (1986) See more »

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wonderful homage to horror films
23 May 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

It's amazing that Disney, who paid for this project, initially shelved this short film because they deemed it "inappropriate for children"! This is only a slightly dark and very funny family film that is a homage to the horror pictures of the 1930s and 40s--complete with glorious black and white cinematography! And, I think that children of just about all ages would enjoy this without being traumatized. More importantly, there's enough fun to this story that adults won't watching it either--and that's important for parents that are tired of the usual drivel that was foisted upon families during the 70s and 80s. The acting is way overdone, but deliberately so--as everyone who initially sees this re-animated dog becomes deathly afraid and overreacts, since the pooch is a sweet dog underneath its ugly exterior. So, believe it or not, this is a great film about accepting others and not prejudging them--and you probably did NOT expect this film to have such excellent family values!


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