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Frankenweenie (2012)

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When a boy's beloved dog passes away suddenly, he attempts to bring the animal back to life through a powerful science experiment.

Director:

Tim Burton

Writers:

Leonard Ripps, Tim Burton (original idea) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 11 wins & 49 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Catherine O'Hara ... Mrs. Frankenstein / Weird Girl / Gym Teacher (voice)
Martin Short ... Mr. Frankenstein / Mr. Burgemeister / Nassor (voice)
Martin Landau ... Mr. Rzykruski (voice)
Charlie Tahan ... Victor Frankenstein (voice)
Atticus Shaffer ... Edgar 'E' Gore (voice)
Winona Ryder ... Elsa Van Helsing (voice)
Robert Capron ... Bob (voice)
James Hiroyuki Liao ... Toshiaki (voice)
Conchata Ferrell ... Bob's Mom (voice)
Tom Kenny ... New Holland Towns Folk (voice)
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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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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Frankenweenie See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$39,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,412,213, 7 October 2012

Gross USA:

$35,291,068

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$81,491,068
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 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 (1990). See more »

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

Quotes

Mr. Frankenstein: Victor, is there anything we can do for you?
Victor Frankenstien: [kneeling at Sparky's lifeless body] You said that I need to let him go.
Mr. Frankenstein: Sometimes, adults don't know what they're talking about.
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Pure Tim Burton
19 October 2012 | by billygoat1071See all my reviews

Tim Burton hasn't been making any of his original ideas since 2005. His recent films are adaptations that most of them are not outstanding nor creative like his own stories. Tim Burton's returns to his original roots with this. Frankenweenie is based on a short he made decades ago. He remade it into a full length animated feature film with sheer campiness. It's great when it goes there but when it tries to be emotional, it works in a short while but it is more interested to its craziness and the storyline doesn't know where to go. The director may return to his style but he still has his old flaws.

The concept is fascinating. It sounds like it's going to be a heartwarming family fun film. It obviously tries to capture the old horror movies with black and white. Most of the characters are based on iconic horror movie characters. Tim Burton is always highly imaginative but somehow he's lacking something. In family films, he creates a charming innovation but he couldn't bring enough depth to it. There are things that could have been interesting. This is about a kid who brings his beloved pet back to life. There could have been more genuine cherishing moments of Victor and resurrected Sparky. There are times like that but it immediately skims to the comedy. The storyline doesn't quite know what to do until it hits to the big climax.

The voice performances were good. Martin Landau's is probably the best among them who gratifies and delights his character with his campy accent that reminds you of his role in Ed Wood. The stop-motion animation is simply majestic. The black and white effect makes it a lot more fascinating. The character and monster designs are magnificent. It's wonderful enough as a Tim Burton animated film.

Frankenweenie suffers with the same problem of Edward Scissorhands. Don't get me wrong, Edward Scissorhands is a beautiful film but there is a little depth to its concept and serves an awkward climax leads to an underdeveloped romance. At least there's an endearing performance by Johnny Depp. Frankenweenie is fun but it's kind of empty in the end. It's not bad, it just could have been better. The darkness of the film could have been something affecting instead of an impaled cat. The sad parts seem contrived for the idea's sake. The film messes around the rest of the runtime. I guess the throwbacks and the filmmaking are the only merits of the film. Fans of Tim Burton's dark and crazy vision would enjoy. Since we don't see a lot of stop-motion animation these days, I guess that what makes this appealing. To think about the story, still not satisfying.


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