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Frankenweenie (2012)

  • Rate: 7.2/10 total 16,547 votes 
  • Genre: Animation | Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi
  • Release Date: 5 October 2012 (USA)
  • Runtime: 87 min
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Frankenweenie (2012)

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  • IMDb page: Frankenweenie (2012)
  • Rate: 7.2/10 total 16,547 votes 
  • Genre: Animation | Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi
  • Release Date: 5 October 2012 (USA)
  • Runtime: 87 min
  • Budget: $39,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $34,403,191(USA)(16 December 2012)
  • Director: Tim Burton
  • Stars: Winona Ryder, Catherine O'Hara and Martin Short|See full cast and crew
  • Original Music By: Danny Elfman   
  • Sound Mix: Datasat | Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Dog | Back To Life | Monster | Science Experiment | Experiment

Writing Credits By:

  • Leonard Ripps (based on a screenplay by)
  • Tim Burton (based on an original idea by)
  • John August (screenplay)

Known Trivia

  • Third collaboration between Winona Ryder and Tim Burton. As their last work together was Edward Scissorhands it marks a gap of 21 years.
  • John August was approached to do a rewrite of the script in 2006. However, he wasn’t signed on before January 2009.
  • This film reunites Tim Burton with Winona Ryder and Catherine O’Hara who previously worked with Burton on Beetlejuice.
  • This feature film remake of Tim Burton’s own short film Frankenweenie is being made and released 28 years after the original.
  • First Tim Burton-directed film since Big Fish not to feature Johnny Depp, and the first since Sleepy Hollow not to feature Helena Bonham Carter
  • This movie is the first time in 36 years that Christopher Lee has appeared as a character named Dracula. In the French film Dracula and Son (aka “Dracula père et fils”) he appeared in reused footage from another movie.
  • In the pet cemetery, there is a buried turtle named “Shelley”, sharing its name with Mary Shelley, the author of the novel “Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus”.
  • Persephone the poodle is named after the Greek nature goddess who was kidnapped by and forcibly married to Hades, god of the underworld and lord of the dead.
  • The original film on which this is based featured Sofia Coppola, who famously replaced Winona Ryder in The Godfather: Part III when she had to back out due to exhaustion.
  • When Victor goes to the cemetery to unearth Sparky, one of the tombstones reads “Goodbye Kitty”, a reference to the popular character “Hello Kitty”.

Goofs: Continuity: When Victor gives his parents his permission slip to enter the science fair, it's made out to "Mr. and Mrs. B. Frankenstein." However, at the PTA conference, Mr. Frankenstein refers to himself as "Edward Frankenstein."

Plot: Young Victor conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences. Full summary »  »

Story: 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  


Synopsis: Sparky, the dog of Victor Frankenstein, died when Victor was playing baseball. He managed to hit his third ball, which Sparky was trying to get. Eventually Victor saw him and watched him get the baseball. Sparky had got it but when he was coming back, his death happened when he gets hit by a car.

When Victor was playing with Sparky his mother called him. She had said his friend was there. So Victor went to see who it was and saw it was Edgar. Edgar had knew that Victor had brought Sparky back to life. So he asked him to show him. At first Victor didn’t know what Edgar was talking about and they were like "I know what I think you know" and stuff like that. Eventually Victor showed Edgar how he brought Sparky back to life. After that, Edgar bought a dead fish and he tried it out, but it ended up being invisible. Then Victor told Edgar not to tell anybody. But Edgar ended up telling Toshiaki and Bob. After a while Nassor, Toshiaki, Bob, and Weird Girl wanted to try it out. They all got ready. But Nasor and Toshiaki got their pets from the New Holland Pet Cemetery. Nassor brought back his mummy hamster Colossus. And Toshiaki brought back his turtle Shelley. And well… Bob had sea monkey’s. But I feel bad for Weird Girl though. Mr. Whiskers had a bat that Weird Girl was using to do the experiment in his mouth when the lightning shot it. So then Mr. Whiskers got turned into a bat cat and left Weird Girl behind.

It was time for Dutch Day and Sparky ran away and the Frankensteins went in search for him. So Victor went to go check the school area while his parents went to the Dutch Day carnival to look for him. At the Dutch Day carnival, Elsa Van Helsing sang a song cause she was the ”Little Dutch Girl” at the Dutch Day. But during that, when he and Sparky were leaving the cemetery when Bob came running up to him. Bob asked Victor for help when Toshiaki came and asked the same question. So then Victor managed to stop Shelley. But after that, Elsa was taken by Mr. Whiskers as a bat cat. So Victor and Sparky went to go save her.

Victor and Sparky went to go rescue Elsa and Persephone from Mr. Whiskers so they went into the windmill. Mayor Burgemeister accidentally set the windmill on fire. So it was a little harder to rescue her. But during the fight Victor and Sparky did save Elsa and Persephone. Then Mr. Whiskers started attacking them. He mainly headed for Victor. Victor was hurt but Mr. Whiskers died with a fiery plank going right through his body. Victor was unconscious, but Sparky rescued him until he stayed inside the windmill. Victor then asked where Sparky was. Then he saw the windmill collapse and knew that Sparky was in there so Victor shouted for him. A man managed to get Sparky out of the collapsed windmill. So, they used cars to get him back alive. At first nothing happened and even Elsa was crying. But Sparky came back alive and he and Persephone touched noses as the screen fades to black.


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Allison Abbate known as producer
  • Tim Burton known as producer
  • Derek Frey known as co-producer
  • Don Hahn known as executive producer
  • Connie Nartonis Thompson known as associate producer
  • Simon Quinn known as line producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Catherine O'Hara known as Mrs. Frankenstien / Weird Girl / Gym Teacher (voice)
  • Martin Short known as Mr. Frankenstein / Mr. Burgemeister / Nassor (voice)
  • Martin Landau known as Mr. Rzykruski (voice)
  • Winona Ryder known as Elsa Van Helsing (voice)
  • Robert Capron known as Bob (voice)
  • Conchata Ferrell known as Bob's Mom (voice)
  • Atticus Shaffer known as Edgar 'E' Gore (voice)
  • Tom Kenny known as New Holland Townsfolk (voice)
  • James Hiroyuki Liao known as Toshiaki (voice)
  • Charlie Tahan known as Victor Frankenstien (voice)
  • Dee Bradley Baker known as Persephone van Helsing / Shelly / Were-Rat / Colossus / Mr. Whiskers / Driver (voice) (uncredited)
  • Jeff Bennett known as Giant Sea Monkeys (voice) (uncredited)
  • Christopher Lee known as Movie Dracula (archive footage) (uncredited)
  • Melissa Stribling known as Movie Mina (archive footage) (uncredited)
  • Frank Welker known as Sparky Frankenstein (voice) (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Art Department:

    and puppet fabrication
  • Joan Schneider known as unit production manager
  • Jessie Thiele known as post-production supervisor




Production Companies:

  • Walt Disney Pictures
  • Tim Burton Animation Co.
  • Tim Burton Productions

Other Companies:

  • Audiolink Radio Communications  cell phone rentals
  • Audiolink Radio Communications  walkie talkies
  • Company 3  digital intermediate
  • De Lane Lea  ADR recording
  • De Lane Lea  sound re-recording
  • Digital Media Services (DMS)  digital marketing asset management
  • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
  • HireWorks  additional Avid
  • Intelligent Media  international monitoring agency
  • Mackinnon & Saunders  puppet characters designed and created by
  • Marshall/Plumb Research Associates  script research
  • POP Sound  ADR recording
  • Pivotal Post  Avid HD editing equipment provided by
  • Production Copier Company  production equipment and services
  • Walt Disney Records  soundtrack

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Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Nvizible (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Ritesh Aggarwal known as stereoscopic supervisor
  • Anastasios Agiakatsikas known as digital compositor: Nvizible
  • Max Alexander known as digital compositor: Nvizible
  • Maria Asim Ali known as stereoscopic compositor
  • Oliver Allen-Wielebnowski known as stereoscopic lead
  • Valeria Andino known as stereoscopic conversion producer
  • Balázs Ari known as compositor
  • Stuart Armiger known as visual effects artist
  • Richard Baker known as stereographer
  • Hernan Barros known as stereoscopic conversion artist
  • Peter Bartfay known as stereoscopic compositor
  • Jeremy Bazin known as stereoscopic compositor
  • Lucy Benson known as visual effects editor
  • Andy Bowman known as motion control supervisor
  • Jonathan Brady known as compositor
  • Sheldon Brathwaite known as stereo compositor
  • Matthew Bristowe known as stereoscopic producer
  • Andrew Brittain known as stereoscopic conversion artist
  • David Bryan known as digital artist: Nvizible
  • Marc Brzezicki known as stereoscopic compositor
  • Elise Butt known as assistant viewd editor
  • Francesco Capone known as stereoscopic training supervisor
  • Tom Castellani known as show technical director for stereo conversion
  • Martin Chamney known as cg supervisor: Nvizible
  • Kavitha Chockalingam known as stereoscopic conversion artist
  • Dan Churchill known as digital compositor: Nvizible
  • Sam Churchill known as digital artist: Nvizible
  • Esme Coleman known as stereoscopic conversion artist
  • Stephanie Cooper known as stereoscopic compositor
  • Noemie Cruciani known as compositor: Burning Windmills
  • Oliver Cubbage known as digital artist: Nvizible
  • James Cundill known as view-d editor
  • Paul Daiko known as digital compositor: Nvizible
  • Jose Augusto David known as stereoscopic compositor
  • Jake Delaney known as stereoscopic coordinator
  • Gordan Derbogosijan known as stereoscopic compositor
  • Gavin Digby known as compositing supervisor: Nvizible
  • Adrien Dupont known as visual effects artist
  • Zahraa El Tatari known as stereoscopic coordinator
  • Karen Elliott known as stereoscopic conversion compositor
  • Andrew Emmerson known as lead stereoscopic compositor
  • Fathima Feminò known as digital paint artist: prime focus
  • Ricardo Ferreira known as stereo compositor: stereoscopic conversion
  • Jonny Ffinch known as visual effects producer
  • Tav Flett known as visual effects artist
  • Dorothee Freytag known as stereoscopic coordinator
  • Aron Galabuzi known as digital paint artist: Prime Focus
  • Riccardo Gambi known as digital compositor: Nvizible
  • Stefan Gerstheimer known as digital artist: Nvizible
  • David Gibbons known as senior digital matte painter
  • Frederikke Glick known as paint artist
  • Chris Gornall known as visual effects artist
  • Luke Gray known as stereoscopic lead
  • Neil Griffiths known as digital compositor: Nvizible
  • Robert J. Hall known as paint/prep artist
  • Qian Han known as compositor
  • Rupert Hancock known as view-d artist: stereoscopic conversion
  • Ben Harrison known as stereoscopic vfx coordinator
  • Nic Hatch known as visual effects executive producer: Nvizible
  • Jason Hayes known as stereoscopic compositor
  • Nic Hodgkinson known as compositor
  • Velichko Ivanov known as senior stereoscopic compositor
  • Albena Ivanova known as stereoscopic compositor
  • Gilbert James known as visual effects producer: Nvizible
  • Nicolas Joyen-Conseil known as matchmove artist
  • Gregory Kalaitzis known as prep artist
  • Matt Kasmir known as digital compositor
  • Andrew Kingston known as systems administrator: Nvizible
  • Rohit Korgaonkar known as stereoscopic conversion compositor
  • Swapnil Kulkarni known as stereoscopic technical lead
  • Vikas Kumar known as stereo paint artist
  • Charlotte Larive known as digital compositor: Nvizible
  • Delphine Laurent known as stereoscopic compositor
  • Tim Ledbury known as visual effects supervisor
  • David Lieberman known as stereoscopic conversion compositor
  • Gabriel Lopez known as stereoscopic conversion artist
  • Gianluca Lopez known as stereoscopic conversion compositor
  • Lydia Lopez-Arteaga known as stereoscopic conversion artist
  • Sophie Luto known as prep artist
  • Harrison Ly known as roto/prep artist
  • Hugh Macdonald known as visual effects supervisor: Nvizible
  • Justin MacDonald known as roto/prep artist
  • Natalie MacDonald known as digital compositor
  • Subhadip Malakar known as visual effects elements supervisor: stereoscopy, Prime Focus, India
  • Gus Melton known as assistant viewd editor
  • Craig Mepham known as cg animator
  • Adam Miels known as technical support: Nvizible
  • Atyeb Muneer known as stereo compositor
  • Tristan Nieto known as stereoscopic artist
  • Wes Nike known as editorial assistant: view d stereo conversion
  • Ole-Aleksander Nordby known as prep/paint artist
  • Adrian Nurse known as digital compositor
  • Barry O'Brien known as stereoscopic supervisor: Prime Focus
  • Kim Phelan known as visual effects producer: Nvizible
  • Rob Pizzey known as digital colourist
  • Matthew W.B. Plummer known as digital compositor: Nvizible
  • Jason Pomerantz known as production supervisor (IMAX Version)
  • Kevin Power known as stereoscopic compositor
  • Chandraji Tharanga Rajakaruna known as stereoscopic compositor
  • Janhavi Ramaswamy known as stereoscopic compositor
  • Laszlo Rikker known as stereoscopic compositor
  • Scott Robertson known as digital paint and roto: Burning Windmills Pictures
  • Adam Rowland known as digital compositor
  • Rosi Ruiz known as stereoscopic conversion lead
  • Jasdip Sagar known as stereo prep artist
  • Alessandro Salis known as digital paint artist
  • Jamie Schumacher known as matte painter
  • Roger Serrabassa Vilar known as prep artist: Prime Focus
  • Aurora Shannon known as digital intermediate assistant
  • Qian Shi known as digital artist
  • Luke Sikking known as digital compositor
  • Ian Simms known as stereoscopic compositor
  • Jiri Siska known as visual effects artist
  • Richard Sowerby known as visual effects artist
  • Callum Strachan known as matte painter
  • Deepak Surendran known as stereoscopic conversion artist
  • Ben Thomas known as roto prep artist
  • Andrew K. Thompson known as visual effects
  • Nick Thompson known as stereoscopic coordinator
  • Alan Tormey known as stereoscopic compositor
  • Iva Trajkovic known as stereo conversion artist: Prime Focus
  • Pan Vafeiadis known as digital compositor
  • Pan Vafeiadis known as stereoscopic conversion artist
  • Arturs Vaitilavics known as lead stereoscopic compositor
  • Gert Van Dermeersch known as digital compositor: Nvizible
  • Mohit Varde known as stereoscopic conversion artist: Prime Focus
  • Alex Webb known as digital compositor: Nvizible
  • Jason Wen known as computer animator
  • Daniel Wennerholm known as lead stereoscopic conversion artist
  • Stephen Willey known as head of systems
  • Kim Wiseman known as compositor
  • Rachel Wright known as effects artist

Release Date:

  • USA 20 September 2012 (Austin, Texas) (Fantastic Fest) (premiere)
  • USA 4 October 2012 (Hamptons International Film Festival)
  • Canada 5 October 2012
  • Colombia 5 October 2012
  • Paraguay 5 October 2012
  • Romania 5 October 2012
  • USA 5 October 2012
  • UK 10 October 2012 (BFI London Film Festival)
  • Russia 11 October 2012
  • Spain 11 October 2012
  • El Salvador 12 October 2012
  • Mexico 12 October 2012
  • Panama 12 October 2012
  • Vietnam 12 October 2012
  • Belgium 17 October 2012
  • Ireland 17 October 2012
  • Philippines 17 October 2012
  • UK 17 October 2012
  • Hong Kong 18 October 2012
  • Netherlands 18 October 2012
  • New Zealand 18 October 2012
  • Portugal 18 October 2012
  • Thailand 18 October 2012
  • Ukraine 18 October 2012
  • Iceland 19 October 2012
  • Pakistan 19 October 2012
  • Australia 25 October 2012
  • Chile 25 October 2012
  • Malaysia 25 October 2012
  • Taiwan 26 October 2012
  • France 31 October 2012
  • Switzerland 31 October 2012 (French speaking region)
  • Argentina 1 November 2012
  • Brazil 2 November 2012
  • Israel 8 November 2012
  • Estonia 9 November 2012
  • Turkey 9 November 2012
  • Singapore 15 November 2012
  • Slovenia 15 November 2012
  • Greece 22 November 2012
  • Lithuania 23 November 2012
  • Poland 7 December 2012
  • Japan 15 December 2012
  • Czech Republic 3 January 2013
  • Bulgaria 4 January 2013
  • Denmark 10 January 2013
  • Finland 11 January 2013
  • Sweden 11 January 2013
  • Italy 17 January 2013
  • Switzerland 17 January 2013 (Italian speaking region)
  • Germany 24 January 2013
  • Switzerland 24 January 2013 (German speaking region)
  • Norway 25 January 2013

MPAA: Rated PG for thematic elements, scary images and action



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