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Frankenweenie (1984)


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Release Date: Mar 6, 1992 Wide



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In this black-and-white short, novice director Tim Burton tells the story of Frankenstein's monster in suburbia as a children's fable about tolerance. Loving parents Ben (Daniel Stern) and Susan Frankenstein (Shelley Duvall) encourage their son Victor's (Barret Oliver) home movies, starring their energetic bull terrier, Sparky. Following a terrible car accident, Sparky is dead and Victor is inconsolable. After an experiment with a frog in his science class, Victor gets the idea to make an

Apr 10, 1992

Walt Disney Pictures

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Frankenweenie is obviously the work of a filmmaker still getting to grips with his craft, but is hugely enjoyable nontheless.

September 19, 2012 Full Review Source: The List
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Audience Reviews for Frankenweenie

Tim Burton was 26 when he directed the original Frankenweenie film. That is impressive. His passion and knowledge of old Black and White/B-Movies was evident and impressive. Shelley Duvall, Barret Oliver, Jason Hervey, it's an 80's American TV extravaganza and brings about waves of nostalgia for me. In many ways I prefer the 'live action' version over the animated version. I like the animated version but I love the charm and simplicity of the original.
April 16, 2013

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Tim Burton's debut short film is a very entertaining and amusing picture that for thirty minutes, gives us a glimpse of what Tim Burton would be able to accomplish with feature length movies. The film is a well acted impressive half hour of fun entertainment, and reinvents the classic horror tale of Frankenstein with a dog. The result is a fine short picture that is a must see for Tim Burton fans. I really enjoyed this take on the classic monster tale, and for a short film, it is very well done and is entertaining throughout. For me anyways, I found this one to be flawless and what made it stand out was the fine cast of talented actors who made it what it is. I liked that it had a classic vibe to it, like old school monster movies, and it made it enjoyable for people of all ages. This isn't scary whatsoever, and is quite frankly a bit underrated. Tim Burton would later craft bigger films, but I really think that this one is pretty special because it is quirky, funny, creepy, and downright memorable. For a monster film aimed for a younger audience, this one works brilliantly and it definitely is one the high points of Burton's career. This is the perfect film to watch if you want a different retelling of a classic horror tale, and Burton creates something totally special and highly entertaining from beginning to end. If you come across it, give this one a view, this is among the most entertaining short films that I have seen in a very long time, and if you're a Tim Burton fan, you owe it to yourself to check it out.
January 9, 2013
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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It says 92 on here, but this is from 84 actually. You can see by this short film how great a director Burton was already. If you're a fan of his, I highly recommend this dark comedy.
January 18, 2011

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Young Victor decides to re-animate his dead dog, which then terrorizes his idyllic 50s neighborhood in this 30 minute B&W early short from Tim Burton. There are few surprises in this obvious Frankenstein spoof, except how surprisingly charming the whole thing is.
August 1, 2010
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