Theatrical Release: October 5, 2012
DVD Release: January 8, 2013


From creative genius Tim Burton (“Alice in Wonderland,” The Nightmare Before Christmas”) 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.

In Tim Burton’s “Frankenweenie” young Victor conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences.

Dove Review

“Frankenweenie” is a unique movie which is about a boy’s love for his dog and the director’s love for classic monster movies. What’s not to like? In this film you will recognize moments from “Frankenstein”, “Bride of Frankenstein”, “Gremlins” and other movies including “Godzilla”. One character is even named “Elsa” as in Elsa Lanchester (“Bride of Frankenstein”) and Victor’s family (the young boy science genius in the movie) carries the last name Frankenstein.

Victor loves his dog Sparky but when Sparky chases a baseball Victor hits in a ball game, tragedy strikes and Sparky is killed. Victor is determined to bring his pet back to life after his science teacher lectures on the power of lightning. The teacher demonstrates how an electrical charge causes a dead frog to move its muscles. Victor is successful with a few funny moments as a result, including the sewn-up Sparky leaking when he laps up some water. However, a few other kids get an idea to copy Victor and mayhem ensues.

The stunning visuals start in the beginning when the color Disney logo turns into a black and white film. This is a fun movie to watch but it is not for the very young as its theme, in part, is about death and it features some intense scenes. We are happy to recommend it for ages twelve plus and we are pleased to present our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to the movie. This one is a nice blend of fun and a bit of Halloween spirit for those who enjoy creepy things in a wholesome environment.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Kissing between a husband and wife.
Language: Stupid-1
Violence: It is obvious a car hits a dog and kills it but it is not seen; boy cries after dog dies; dog chases cat but cat is okay; various animals are turned large and chase people and each other; a kid screams as he falls off roof and he breaks his arm and is taken away by ambulance with his arm in a sling; large animal steps on police car and crushes it; big rat is electrocuted; a big fire at a windmill and a bat/cat dies; character falls from windmill.
Drugs: Beer is seen and a sign advertises beer and donuts.
Nudity: None
Other: A boy deals with sadness over his dog's death; cat poop seen in shapes of letters; some intense scenes including a cat that is turned into a bat; a dog dies twice but the movie does have a happy ending; an experiment on a dissected frog in science class; resurrected dog loses his tail and leaks but his master works on it; animal pees on neighbor's flamingo statues; a dog sucks on a baby's pacifier and then the unknowing mother gives it to her baby; a poodle is shocked and looks like the Bride of Frankenstein; a character makes the comment that science is witchcraft.


Company: Disney
Writer: John August & Tim Burton
Director: Tim Burton
Producer: Allison Abbate
Genre: Animated
Runtime: 87 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter