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



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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) Disney

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Charlie Tahan
as Victor Frankenstein
Winona Ryder
as Elsa Van Helsing
Martin Landau
as Mr. Rzykruski
Catherine O'Hara
as Mrs. Frankenstein/Gym Teacher/Weird Girl
Martin Short
as Mr. Frankenstein/Mr. Burgemeister/Nassor
Atticus Shaffer
as Edgar "E" Gore
James Liao
as Toshiaki
Tom Kenny
as Fire Chief/Soldier/Townsfolk
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Critic Reviews for Frankenweenie

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

Jan 7, 2013 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Burton's best film since 1994's Ed Wood or even 1990's Edward Scissorhands.

Oct 10, 2012 | Full Review…

A likable film, though not a sensational development in Tim Burton's career.

Oct 10, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This is a Tim Burton film with something to say. And that's a rare and precious thing.

Oct 10, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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Top Critic

The stop-motion animation - a favorite tool of Burton's - is given loving attention, and the character design is full of terrific touches, such as the hulking flat-topped schoolmate who looks a bit like a certain man-made monster.

Oct 5, 2012 | Rating: 4/4

The best thing about an animated monster movie with this much heart is: It's alive. In the best possible way.

Oct 5, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Frankenweenie


Tim Burton is certainly not in a fruitful moment of his career, making one derivative movie after another such as this one, a stop motion animation that is supposed to be a comedy but is only silly and unfunny, with an uninspired premise and a very uninteresting development.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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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
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.
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
Julie B

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