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



(based on an original idea by), (screenplay) (as Lenny Ripps)

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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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Release Date:

1 December 1994 (Spain)  »

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Frankenvini  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

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During the scene where Victor resurrects Sparky, Victor releases a kite shaped like a bat. Tim Burton would later direct Batman and Batman Returns while producing Batman Forever. See more »


Victor Frankenstein: [after resurrecting his dog] It's only Sparky.
Ben Frankenstein: What do you mean it's only Sparky?
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Wonderful and creative
22 February 2001 | by (West Virginia, U.S.) – See all my reviews

Though this is one of Burton's earlier, shorter, and less popular films, it is perhaps one of his most creative and early "spoofs" (though I would not truly call it a spoof.) Burton created a wonderful, childish look at the classic horror film on which this was based. The greatest scene of the movie is the pet cemetery, with the small tombstones displaying the types of pets buried there (a fishbowl for fish, a cat with X's as eyes, etc.) And the putt putt golf course that serves as the famous windmill scene. I must also commend Burton for choosing to make this film in black and white. During the first few minutes I was not sure if it was going to work, but after most of the film, I realized that it was perfect. Original, cute, and obviously Tim Burton, this film is good for everyone, regardless of what Disney thinks (I guess they were afraid that kids would start digging up the graves of their old dead pets and end of shocking themselves.)

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