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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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  • Feb 07, 2014
    "Frankenweenie" starts with Victor showing his parents his latest epic film starring his dog Sparky. But as it turns out, Sparky is about his only friend. Concerned, his father aims to change that by having Victor playing baseball. All goes well at first as Victor gets a hit in his first at bat, until tragedy strikes. And then Victor shows that he was actually paying attention in science class by putting some of that knowledge to practical use... I'm not saying that Tim Burton should not have extended his animated short "Frankenweenie" to feature length, as the bond between boy and dog is eternal. But as you could tell from some of his other films, Burton has not matured as a filmmaker over the years, and it definitely shows here, especially in his reliance on gross out humor. That's not to mention the lack of logic. For example, we are told that Victor is a weird kid but compared to the grotesques inhabiting his neighborhood, he is remarkably well-adjusted. And then the movie changes the rules relatively late in the game only to reference classic horror movies, but sadly without paying homage to Boris Karloff.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 28, 2013
    A fittingly dark but sweet stop-motion movie from Tim Burton, Frankenweenie is emotional, funny (if a little too juvenile sometimes), and beautifully animated. It's not Burton's best, but Frankenweenie is nonetheless an enjoyable and charming movie.
    Joey S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 06, 2013
    The film was good but could have been so much better. They had a great idea for a film, but didn't execute it correctly. 2/3rd's of the film was amazing. One problem that I had was the last act of the film. I thought they went off track and overboard when they brought back to life other dead animals which ended up causing all the chaos. In my opinion the last act, needed a rewrite. All the actors did a great job with their voice roles. Despite it's flaws, I still recommend this film.
    Sol C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 27, 2013
    I expected this to be so much better, instead what I got was really underwhelming. The story, I had figured out in seconds. It's your typical pet-gets-killed-kid-misses-it-and-then -pet-returns movie with a pretty cool scientific experimentation to it. However, I never quite got the resurrection of the dead factor in it and when this story wasn't predictable, it was flat out offbeat and just boring. The side characters are animated more like Burton fan-fiction than anything for a movie and just have nothing going for them. Though I will say the animation here is pretty good. It's your pre-Oz black and white world with a lot of realistic looking gimmicks. Then you have the climax, which is the real downer. Not only do we have new resurrected animals, they are these weird mutations that dont make sense. The white cat looks like a flying monkey mixed with a bat along with a Godzilla turtle and for lack of a better term "Gremlins". And on top of that, the dog actually does live in the end. What the heck? If there is anything Tim Burton is good at, it's making us accept death's inevitability in a creative fashion as we saw with something like Corpse Bride. But how is this kid going to learn anything about the mortality of mankind? That we will all return to dust? Yeah, this story isn't very good. If for nothing else, go see it for the visual effects. They are always a lot of fun.
    Jackson W Super Reviewer

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