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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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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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 »

Goofs

During the classroom scene when Mr. Rzykruski is explaining the mechanics of lightning, his diagram shows positively charged clouds above the ground, which is shown as being negatively charged by electrons. The diagram should contain negatively charged clouds (containing a surplus of negatively charged electrons) over the ground which should not have any charge. See more »

Quotes

Toshiaki: How are we supposed to see an invisible goldfish?
Edgar 'E' Gore: Put your finger in. You can feel it.
Bob: [inserting hand into glass jar of plain water] Ah! It bit me!
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Spoofed in Mad: Frankenwinnie/ParaMorgan (2012) See more »

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Death of the Alien 1
Written by Harry Bluestone and Emil Cadkin
Courtesy of APM Music
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Entertaining trifle
22 June 2013 | by cheroldSee all my reviews

Judged as a comedy, Frankenweenie isn't really that great. The humor is rarely more than mild. But the movie actually did a pretty good job with the story, which is well paced and has moments of genuine - if mild - suspense.

It's also - and this is to be expected from any Tim Burton movie - really good looking, with stylish black and white animation and a cast of creepy looking kids.

As someone familiar with the original movies, I appreciate the way it pays tribute to its source material. It is also wonderfully imaginative, most notably in the first resuscitation scene.

One criticism; even by the standards of kids cartoons or old horror movies, this thing makes zero sense. The lack of any sort of logic is, however, so in-your-face that I accept it as purposeful and thus just accept that this is a movie that's not supposed to make any sense.


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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:

$81,493,846
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1.85 : 1
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