Frankenweenie (2012)

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Embedded with quirky comedy and fast-paced action, this animation adventure revolves around Victor Frankenstein, a bright but outcast student without any friend but his dog Sparky. When the new science teacher Mr. Rzykruski challenges the students to participate in the science fair, Victor's father forces him to play baseball otherwise he would not sign the necessary authorization for his son. During the game, Sparky chases the ball and is hit by a car. Victor recalls Mr. Rzykruski's class about the effects of electricity and successfully resuscitates Sparky using lightning. Victor hides Sparky in the attic but the weird Edgar sees the dog on the garden and blackmails Victor to learn how to bring the dead to life. Edgar does not keep the secret and soon Victor's envious schoolmates revive several creatures to win the science fair contest. When the town is invaded by the monsters, Victor and Sparky are the last chance to rescue the girl Elsa van Helsing from the claws of Mr. Whiskers.
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Cast: Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short

Crew: Tim Burton (Director), Peter Sorg (Director of Photography), Danny Elfman (Music Director)

Genres: Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family

Release Dates: 05 Oct 2012 (India)

Tagline: The electrifying dog is back from beyond the grave

English Name: Frankenweenie

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Did you know? This movie is a remake of Burton's 1984 short film of the same name and is a parody of and a homage to the classic horror film Frankenstein (1931), based on Mary Shelley's book of the same name. Read More
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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
English
Colour Info:
Color
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
Taglines:
The electrifying dog is back from beyond the grave
Goofs:
Continuity
When Elsa sings for Dutch Day, the candles on her hat are half melted. In the next shot, the candles have only melted a tiny bit.

Continuity
On the chalkboard the word "Life" above the drawing of Sparky disappears in a following scene.

Continuity
Victor raises Sparky onto the roof with a swing set he attached to the attic skylight. When he let the kites go on his roof in the same scene, the swing set is gone.

Continuity
Toward the end of the film, when Sparky has been hooked up to all of the jumper cables, Victor places two cables to Sparky's neck bolts. When the charge seemingly doesn't take, Victor removes one cable, not two. When Sparky reawakens and stands up, the second cable is not attached.

Factual Mistake
During the classroom scene when Mr. Rzykruski is explaining the mechanics of lightning, his diagram shows positively charged clouds above the ground, which is shown as being negatively charged by electrons. The diagram should contain negatively charged clouds (containing a surplus of negatively charged electrons) over the ground which should not have any charge.
Trivia:
This is the first black-and-white feature film and the first stop-motion film to be released in IMAX 3D,

This film won the Saturn Award for Best Animated Film and was nominated for an Academy Award; a Golden Globe; a BAFTA; and an Annie Award for Best Film in each respective animated category.

This animation adventure is in black and white. It is also the fourth stop-motion film produced by Burton and the first of those four that is not a musical.

This movie is a remake of Burton's 1984 short film of the same name and is a parody of and a homage to the classic horror film Frankenstein (1931), based on Mary Shelley's book of the same name.

This film contains many references and influences from horror cinema of many different sub-genres across motion picture history, from the 1920s to the 1980s.

The demonstration that Mr. Rzykruski shows in class of the frog's legs twitching when given electricity is based on actual experiments in 1771 by Italian physicist Luigi Galvani, who was the first to discover that the legs of dead frogs and other dead creatures twitched and moved when sparked by electricity. This to led to the study of bio-electricity and further study of the nervous system and its functions. The study of "galvanic" effects in biology is named after Galvani, who is seen as the discoverer of bio-electricity. Several of Tim Burton's movies have played with this theme, most notably Frankenweenie and Edward Scissorhands.

Victor's friend and next-door neighbor is 'Elsa Van Helsing', a reference to Abraham Van Helsing, Bram Stoker's Dracula character, and Elsa Lanchester, the original "Bride of Frankenstein (1935)".

Mr. Rzykruski looks a lot like Vincent Price, an actor by whose films Tim Burton was influenced.

The pet cemetery features the grave of Zero from The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993).

This movie is Winona Ryder and Tim Burton's 3rd collaboration. Their previous one, Edward Scissorhands (1990) was 21 years earlier. It also reunites reunites the duo with Catherine O'Hara, who previously worked with them on Beetlejuice (1988).

One of Tim Burton's regular actors, Christopher Lee, did not take part in this film, but archive footage of him in Horror of Dracula (1958) is watched by Victor's parents on television.

Someone mentioned Burgermeister means Mayor in German. There is more to this however. The character Burgermeister is also the Mayor of the town. In the 1970's children's stop animation classic "Santa Claus is Coming to Town", which tells the story about Kris Kringle and how he became Santa Claus, the evil antagonist is called Burgermeister Meisterburger and bears an uncanny resemblance in both appearance and voice to the character from the Christmas television special.

The demonstration that Mr. Rzykruski shows in class of the frog's legs twitching when given electricity is based on actual experiments in 1771 by Italian physicist Luigi Galvani, who was the first to discover that the legs of dead frogs and other dead creatures twitched and moved when sparked by electricity. This to led to the study of bio-electricity and further study of the nervous system and its functions. The study of "galvanic" effects in biology is named after Galvani, who is seen as the discoverer of bio-electricity. Several of Tim Burton's movies have played with this theme, most notably Frankenweenie and Edward Scissorhands. This film contains many references and influences from horror cinema of many different sub-genres across motion picture history, from the 1920s to the 1980s. See Movie Connections.

This is Tim Burton's first film since Big Fish (2003) not to feature Johnny Depp, his first since Sleepy Hollow (1999) not to feature Helena Bonham Carter and his first since Mars Attacks! (1996) to feature neither of them.

The film's release spawned a fan theory that this film, and Burton's other two stop motion animated films, The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) and Corpse Bride (2005), all are taking place in a shared continuity, and tell one big story spanning several centuries, and the possibility that Victor Frankenstein and Sparky are descendants of Victor Dort and scraps from Corpse Bride (2005).