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Frankenweenie [VHS] (1992)

Shelley Duvall , Daniel Stern , Tim Burton  |  PG |  VHS Tape
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Shelley Duvall, Daniel Stern, Barret Oliver, Joseph Maher, Roz Braverman
  • Directors: Tim Burton
  • Writers: Tim Burton, Leonard Ripps
  • Producers: Julie Hickson, Rick Heinrichs
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Walt Disney Video
  • VHS Release Date: April 14, 1994
  • Run Time: 29 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6302477751
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,790 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent short October 4, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Frankenweenie is a funny and well made spoof or parody of several 1930s horror films using contemporary time. Tim Burton did a wonderful job of telling his story in less than 30 minutes. It is really too bad that the studio has not rereleased this very funny film. I'll be sure to get it when it becomes avalable.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A dog with nine lives September 21, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
This "Frankenstein monster" film by Tim Burton is a perfect model of compact and compelling storytelling; it brilliantly distills into thirty minutes what normally takes two hours. Frankenweenie is about love, acceptance, and redemption, and it's got a good moral. It's in black and white (which looks great!), it's funny, and, for younger children, even a little scary. Frankenweenie is my hero! (P.S. See if you can spot the clue that Frankenweenie has nine lives)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Early Burton as a glimpse of things to come. June 23, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Tim Burton always has such a clear vision in all his movies, from the photography, to the story, right down to the music, -and this one is no exception. If you ever get a chance to see this short film, DO SO! It's classic Burton even though it was made before he became a well known and deservedly well respected director. Tim Burton is the only film maker that made me uncontrollably cry in a public theater EVER. That was for Edward Sissorhands. All his movies get to me emotionally. Frankenweenie always tears me up at the end, but fear not, it does has a happy ending. I don't want to give away too much of the story, but I tell you, SEE THIS FILM if you ever can. You'll totally love it! Thanks Tim, for being such a dedicated and consistent visionary!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's alive! July 7, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
It's a twisted variation on all of the "boy and his dog" movies on the market. It's also a modern suburban reinterpretation of Frankenstein. And it's one of Tim Burton's first efforts as a movie director.
Burton's quirky, dark sense of humor and drama is very apparent in this early effort.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! What a great short! January 3, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
This movie is about a Bull Terrier that gets hit by a car and is brought back to life by his boy as a franken weenie. A must see for BT owners and everyone who loves them! So cute but dont rush out and buy this because it comes free on the nightmare before christmas DVD!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A boy genius and his dog... October 8, 2007
Format:VHS Tape
Set in contemporary suburbia, young Victor Frankenstein happily plays with his aptly named bull terrier "Sparky", when the tragic happens... the spunky pooch is hit and killed by a car. Crushed, Victor struggles to acclimate to life without him, when he receives the bright Promethian idea to re-animate Sparky after watching the science teacher demonstrate electrical muscle spasms with an "ex-frog".

He rushes home to bring his beloved canine partner back to life. Under the suspicious gaze of a neighbor, he gathers the necessary equipment from the garage, and sneaks out to the pet cemetery to disinterr the pup, anxiously awaiting the next storm to arrive, which is fortunately within a couple night's time.

Predictably, after studying through several books on the subject, he actually manages to revivify Sparky, who now resembles a patchwork puppy, bolts, scars, and all. Joyful to be reunited with eachother, all seems well until Sparky decides to run amok through the neighborhood, although most of the panic is due to the hysterical nature of a neighbor lady and a whining little girl.

When his parents realize that Sparky is actually alive again, they accept his return from the grave, welcoming him back to the family. Eventually, in a classic Hammer scene relative to the tale, the dog retreats to a windmill followed by Victor and the Frankensteins, where it is set ablaze by the frightened mob. Sparky 'justifies' himself by saving the boy, but is consumed in the inferno. Realizing that he saved the boy, everyone now seeks to resurrect Sparky again, via the combined electricity from all their automobiles with battery cables. And thus, little Victor is again reunited with his beloved friend, with a possible 'bride' to boot.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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WOW! 13th to review this film. 13 is MY number!

This film is truly the famous launch pad of Tim Burton, the reason Pee Wee Herman chose him to direct PEE WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE, and the reason we have Burton still working like the madman he is.

In 1984, the year I got married, Burton was a film school student...or else he was working for Disney, I forget. He'd made an animated short, the incredible VINCENT, and was fishing around for a chance to do a short live action piece.

Thank the Monster Heavens, he got his wish! Daniel Stern, Shelly Duvall, the great Joseph Maher, the ever-sweet Barret Oliver...Burton got them all and shot a 40-minute piece that would have made Hitchcock a black-and-white version of green with envy.

This film is a deeply personal super-favorite because I came to it late, as did everyone. It still shocks me how modern and fitting this movie is. Shooting it in black-and-white may have been a mere whim of Burton's, but I see it added immensely to this movie. Doing B&W for B&W's sake makes me see red. Burton did it because it was the right thing to do, and cheaper. It is also a personal favorite because who knows what effect this may have had, had it been seen by a general audience. It's that good. This above any other film could have been the true start of the independent film movement.

The Frankensteins (dad Daniel Stern, mom Shelly Duvall, young Victor Barret Oliver) are a pleasant, normal family and they love their young Victor. One day Victor's pit bull terrier, Sparky, is whacked by a car. Inspired I suppose by YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN and a possible family heritage, Victor gets to work. An incredibly funny, subtle and heartstring-tugging mess ensues, and there I leave my synopsis. Sorry, because for some stupid reason this is only available on VHS at the moment: the BIGGEST film injustice since I don't know when. Maybe since LEGION.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good movie...kind of short though.
Published 1 day ago by Jessyrez
5.0 out of 5 stars Love This Movie
A classic! The whole family loves this movie. Originally got it years ago and lost it somehow. Saw it on sale on Amazon video for about $2 and immediately grabbed it. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I've loved this movie since I was 4 and I love it even more at 27!
Published 25 days ago by Trista Salum
5.0 out of 5 stars such an endearing dog and boy tale It is like an Alan Giana 100 piece...
This is my Fav version, the Reality Version. It is a wonder the Psych boys didn:t spoof this parody, such an endearing dog and boy tale It is like an Alan Giana 100 piece... Read more
Published 1 month ago by farapearl
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Happy
I rented this show for my 6 year old grandson to watch on a 22 hour train ride. We ran out of time to watch it on the train so I watched it on my own. It was a blast! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Beverly Benton
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally charming
My kind of movie. No fancy computer gimmicks were needed to produce this delightful little movie. I haven't seen the re-make, but the original was great.
Published 5 months ago by Doug
5.0 out of 5 stars Still the Best
My kids and I loved Frankenweeinie back in the 80's and I was thrilled to find it again. Now my grandkids can love this sweet funny story too. One of the best kid films ever. Read more
Published 5 months ago by carolyn j thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
fairly original story line, with good animation. I bought it so I can watch it multiple times on my schedule.
Published 5 months ago by L. Gilman
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Halloween-y spoof of the Frankenstein story
This offbeat spoof of the Frankenstein story has become a classic in my family. It's something we watch almost every Halloween as a fun way to celebrate, and it never fails to... Read more
Published 9 months ago by ReadingGranny
5.0 out of 5 stars Frankenweenie SciFiFan Shines Through Human Actors
I've been checking out the Frankenweenie VHS tape from stores (when there were stores) for years and sure wish I could buy it on DVD. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Witch of Blackbird Pond
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