Frankenweenie (1984)

PG  |   |  Short, Comedy, Drama  |  1 December 1994 (Spain)
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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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Complete credited cast:
Ben Frankenstein
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Anne Chambers (as Domino)
Frank Dale
Paul C. Scott ...
Mike Anderson
Helen Boll ...
Sparky ...
Rusty James ...


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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A comic twist on a classic tail!


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1 December 1994 (Spain)  »

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Frankenvini  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

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1.37 : 1
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Tim Burton:  [dogs]  Victor's dog Sparky is hit by a car, but is later brought back to life by Victor. See more »


Susan Frankenstein: Did you ever figure out what this thing is supposed to be?
Ben Frankenstein: I think it's either a piece of fine art or a paperweight.
Susan Frankenstein: I don't even remember who gave it to us.
Ben Frankenstein: My sister gave it to us.
Susan Frankenstein: Oh. Well, then it must be a paperweight.
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Tim Burton's talent clearly shows in his early short film!
8 June 2004 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

I just love this… A classic, immortal story enriched with personal ingeniousness! That's exactly what Tim Burton did here! His jolly little film introduces us to the 10-year-old Victor Frankenstein who can't bear the loss of his beloved dog. A car hit Sparky and Victor doesn't want any other dog to replace him. So, he sews him back in one piece and reanimates him electrically! This short only lasts a good half hour but that's more than enough time for Burton to inject memorable sequences, black humor and a healthy dose of social criticism. Burton mocks the life in small American villages, like he'd do it again later in his classic `Edward Scissorhands'. The director also knows the classic Frankenstein version by heart and terrifically reuses the settings and atmosphere here. Just look at that adorable scene with the miniature windmill near the end! An outstanding short with humor, a bit of tension … and even good acting! Frankenweenie stars Daniel Stern (C.H.U.D) and Shelley Duvall (The Shining). It can be found as an extra feature on the Nightmare Before Christmas Special Edition DVD, for example.

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