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Frankenweenie (2012)

Martin Short , Catherine O'Hara , Tim Burton  |  PG |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (596 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Martin Short, Catherine O'Hara, Martin Landau, Winona Ryder, Robert Capron
  • Directors: Tim Burton
  • Format: AC-3, Animated, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Enhanced, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish, English
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 8, 2013
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (596 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00A8KJK7G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,435 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Frankenweenie" on IMDb

Special Features

FRANKENWEENIE Touring Exhibit -- Explore The Artistry Of The Film's Puppets, Sets And Props In A Showcase That's Traveling The World

Editorial Reviews

From Disney and creative genius Tim Burton (Alice in Wonderland, The Nightmare Before Christmas) comes the hilarious and offbeat 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 learn that getting a new 'leash on life' can be monstrous. Complete with electrifying bonus features, Frankenweenie is alive with enchanting fun for the whole family in eye-popping Blu-ray 3D.

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84 of 102 people found the following review helpful
Our children, ages 6 (daughter) and 9 (son), are typically scared or upset fairly easily. My son generally shields himself from upsetting or frightening things by covering his eyes and ears or walking out of the room. Our daughter usually tries to be brave, but regrets it and has nightmares. For example, the Disney version of "A Christmas Carol" is way too much for them to endure. However, even certain "tense" portions of otherwise harmless fare such as the Tinkerbell films can cause them concern. (Not sure why... they are just really sensitive that way.)

At any rate, we thought for sure that this film would be a "no go" for our kids because of the themes surrounding the death of the young boys dog, as well as the "monster-like" animals brought back to life and the overall creepy vibe of the film. However, while at a recent trip to Disneyland, we took them into a special Tim Burton/Frankenweenie exhibit which gave an overview of the film and showed some of the sets used in the actual picture. To our surprise, our kids expressed interest in seeing the movie. Because our son especially loves stop-motion films and even makes his own, we thought we may try to go ahead and take the kids.

Anyway, to bring this long story to an end... OUR KIDS ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT! In fact, it's all they talked about for the next week. They were not frightened or upset by it at all. It is not overly creepy or macabre, neither is it a horror film on any level. Still, I was unprepared for how much of a liking our children took to it. Maybe seeing the sets in person, and being aware of some of the behind the scenes stories helped. However, I can say that this movie has TONS of heart. And, it is absolutely a modern day classic.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
There are already nearly 30 reviews of the film here on Amazon but this will be the FIRST one for the DVD and BD version. A few folks asked about whether the original 30-minute "live action" film version will be on the DVD. Let me state up front that YES it is on both the 2-Disc Blu-ray combo pack and the 4-Disc Combo pack (which is exactly the same as the 2--Disc one except it adds a 3D BD - you need a 3D TV and player to use this - an a digital copy)! This is a wonderful bonus because it's never been on DVD format before (and for some - like me - it was something completely new.)

Before I provide some more details, I'll state that I've not seen very many Tim Burton films so I came at this one different than those already big Burton fans. I did enjoy it a lot and I'm not a fan of horror films (I love Mel Brooks but "Young Frankenstein" is one of the few Brooks films I don't care for.) Now on to the info you can use.....
At times this film looks like it is CGI animated but it is actually a stop-motion film done with puppets. While the first 20 minutes - maybe even 40 - are "cute" and might appeal to all ages - the original death of Sparky - no spoilers here, you know he is going to die so he can be brought back to life - is even done "off screen". But then things get , well, I'll say, creepy. And very young children might get scared. Let's just say that if they are old enough to be able to watch the original "Frankenstein" they'll be fine with this. But I'm not a parent, so I'm only giving guidance here.
The score by Danny Elfman - who does nearly all of Burton's films - provides most of the soundtrack. There are quite a few scenes with no dialogue; the animals (dogs and cats) don't talk like they do in Disney films.
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50 of 65 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Horrifically delightful October 2, 2012
"Frankenweenie" is Tim Burton's first stop-motion animated film in seven years, his first film not to feature Johnny Depp in nearly a decade, and his first film not to feature his wife Helena Bonham Carter since "Sleepy Hollow" back in 1999. There also aren't any big musical numbers or songs in "Frankenweenie," which seems a bit odd after watching the Tim Burton produced "The Nightmare Before Christmas" and "Corpse Bride." It's also a massive improvement over Burton's other film released earlier this year; the remake of the TV series from 1966 "Dark Shadows."

"ParaNorman" seemed to beat "Frankenweenie" to the punch by nearly two months, but the main difference is that "ParaNorman" is centered around zombies where "Frankenweenie" is more "Frankenstein" influenced. There are countless horror influences in both films, but "ParaNorman" is a bit more adult in comparison and makes you laugh out loud more often whereas "Frankenweenie" mostly just makes you snicker but certainly has a lot more heart.

This is the first time in a long time that Danny Elfman's score for a Tim Burton film doesn't feel overly cliché or obnoxious. Maybe it's because this is coming from a dog owner and from someone who loves dogs, but it was really easy to relate to Victor (voiced by Charlie Tahan) and his relationship to his dog Sparky. Tearing up is also something that doesn't happen very often, but it occurred every time Sparky was brought back to life while that somber piece of Elfman orchestration tenderly picks its moment to sucker punch you in the chest. Boys that age often look to their dogs as their best friend, but in this case Sparky is Victor's only friend and they're inseparable.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars bought for wife
Price right. The movie has all the various formats so we can watch it anywhere.. Movie is so fun too. An early digital film that is very well done.
Published 19 hours ago by disbaldguy
5.0 out of 5 stars Frankenweenie is entertaining and fun!
Great movie for the kids! It kept their attention and they wanted to repeatedly watch the movie. The characters were interesting.
Published 5 days ago by Cynthia Mendoza Land
4.0 out of 5 stars Adorable
Its such a sweet and adorable movie, another fabulous Tim Burton film, I still get a bit weepy when Sparky dies
Published 10 days ago by Karadyan
1.0 out of 5 stars Good movie bad vendor
The vendor totally ripped me off. The movie is over a year old they can come down on the price some. This movie is in black in white but it's a great movie. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Nicole Beadle
5.0 out of 5 stars Animation
My small granddaughters are thoroughly entertained by this boy and his dog tale.
The boy is an outcast nerd and becomes a Frankenstein when his dog is injured. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Annette Radocaj
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect "Oddball" Movie for (Most) All Ages
Frankenweenie is truly a movie about the love between Victor and Sparky. Loosely based on just about every Creature Feature movie character you've ever seen, Frankenweenie is a... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Happy Camper
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
As always, Disney and Tim Burton have created something beautiful for our entertainment. I'm going to be able to share this amazing movie with family for a long time. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Charmagne Evans
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
My 3 year old had been asking to see this movie so I recently bought it. I personally enjoyed it but it would not be a favorite of mine but he does love to stay quiet and watch it... Read more
Published 27 days ago by JENNIFER sanchez
4.0 out of 5 stars It was longer and funnier
It was longer than the first one and it was a lot funnier I think it was a vast improvement to the original live action one, but I have to say I would still prefer if it were in at... Read more
Published 28 days ago by Alex Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Spraky ignites fun
I love this story. Every time I see it, I notice something else that makes me smile. Sparky reminds me of my dog Chemo.
Published 1 month ago by Marie
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