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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.

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Tim Burton

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Leonard Ripps, Tim Burton (original idea) | 1 more credit »
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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


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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

John August was approached to do a rewrite of the Frankenweenie (1984) script in 2006. See more »

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

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Mr. Frankenstein: Victor, what have you done?
Victor Frankenstien: You said yourself, if you could bring back Sparky, you would!
Mr. Frankenstein: Yes, but that was different because we couldn't! It's easy to promise the impossible.
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When the Disney logo has almost completed, a flash of lightning turns the logo black-and-white, the sky turns cloudy and the music turns scary. See more »

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They've gotta learn sooner or later...
15 August 2013 | by natashabowiepinkySee all my reviews

If anywhere there was a braver ending needed, it's here. Kids could have learned that life is but fleeting, we all suffer heartbreak sooner or later, say goodbye to the ones we love... This is an important lesson indeed. But, no. In the interest of a few mums and dads having to tolerate some waterworks on the way home from the cinema, Burton decides to go for what is essentially a cop out. Rather cowardly, if you ask me.

The whole film has the feel of an old B movie (but is set in the present day) as it is shot entirely in black and white and contains more than one horror reference. Spookiness pervades the atmosphere, as Danny Elfman's Gothic score meanders in the background like a funeral march. Poor Victor loses his dog, and his mourning and subsequent resurrection of his pet carries real emotion weight.

This doesn't last though, as the plot stretches to Victor's classmates experimenting on other deceased creatures, turning them into freaks of nature that invade the town. This is an arresting spectacle, but a betrayal of what transpired before... turning the movie from a personal tale about a boy and his half-dead canine, into an OTT monster movie. It feels like a different film, and not one that matched up to the poignant first half.

Not for one minute would I suggest I could tell Mr Burton how to do his job. But I think less action, and more storytelling would have improved the final reel no end... As well as a more courageous conclusion. Oh well, everyone's a critic (Most don't enunciate their thoughts as well as I do, though)... ;) 6/10


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