Frankenweenie (2012) - Rotten Tomatoes

Frankenweenie (2012)



Critic Consensus: Frankenweenie is an energetic stop-motion horror movie spoof with lovingly crafted visuals and a heartfelt, oddball story.

Movie Info

From creative genius Tim Burton comes Frankenweenie, a heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life-with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor's fellow students, teachers and the entire town all learn that getting a new "leash on life" can be monstrous. A stop-motion animated film, Frankenweenie will be filmed in black and white and rendered in 3D, which will elevate the classic style to a whole new experience. -- (C) Disneymore
Rating: PG (for thematic elements, scary images and action)
Genre: Horror, Animation, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Tim Burton, John August
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 8, 2013
Box Office: $35.3M
Walt Disney Pictures - Official Site


Charlie Tahan
as Victor Frankenstein
Winona Ryder
as Elsa Van Helsing
Martin Landau
as Mr. Rzykruski
Catherine O'Hara
as Mrs. Frankenstein/Gy...
Martin Short
as Mr. Frankenstein/Mr....
Atticus Shaffer
as Edgar "E" Gore
James Liao
as Toshiaki
Tom Kenny
as Fire Chief/Soldier/T...
James Liao
as Toshiaki
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Critic Reviews for Frankenweenie

All Critics (199) | Top Critics (41)

Tim Burton's most enjoyable movie in a long time.

Full Review… | January 7, 2013
Top Critic

A welcome return to form for the brilliant, inconsistent Tim Burton.

Full Review… | August 26, 2015

Very much the work of an older man revisiting the obsessions of his youth, struggling at times to reconnect with them.

Full Review… | May 3, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

Don't be surprised if everyone you know under the age of 13 declares this their new favorite Halloween film.

Full Review… | July 20, 2013

It ranks among Burton's most personal films, encompassing familiar themes of loneliness, isolation and an insatiable need for love and acceptance.

Full Review… | May 26, 2013
The Patriot Ledger

... a padded short story that didn't require embellishment... looks very weak directly compared to the sheer brilliance of the similarly themed ParaNorman.

Full Review… | March 23, 2013

Audience Reviews for Frankenweenie

Right before the ending sequence of this film there's a segment wherein a grade school science teacher is brought before the PTA and questioned about his authority to teach and his methods. In his answer, and wonderfully suicidal but straightforward rebuttal, he simply calls out his accusers: "You're ignorant. Stupid." I couldn't help but conjecture that Burton was himself answering the many who are enriched, as are we all, from his contributions to the culture of Western civilisation and yet sneer at the source of the same.
Regardless of this aside, here is a user friendly concoction that pays a fun homage to the Shelley work as well as the tradition of monster film that sprang from her work. Though hailing from the Disney studios, it is a decidedly un-Disney work, nearly defiantly so, and a love letter to fans of Charles Addams, the dark, and the moody. The music, as in most of Burton's work, is very good, very appropriate.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

I am not the biggest Tim Burton fan...and I thought that this was just ok. Nothing to brag about...

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

So. This made me cry! Even if one knows this is about bringing a dog back to life, one might not think about how the dog might have gotten into that situation to begin with... But charming and sweet and odd and lovable.

Julie B

Super Reviewer

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