Frankenweenie (2012) - Rotten Tomatoes


Frankenweenie (2012)



Critic Consensus: Frankenweenie is an energetic stop-motion horror movie spoof with lovingly crafted visuals and a heartfelt, oddball story.

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From creative genius Tim Burton 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. -- (C) Disney

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Martin Landau
as Mr. Rzykruski
Catherine O'Hara
as Mrs. Frankenstein/Gym Teacher/Weird Girl
Martin Short
as Mr. Frankenstein/Mr. Burgemeister/Nassor
Atticus Shaffer
as Edgar "E" Gore
Tom Kenny
as Fire Chief/Soldier/Townsfolk
Charlie Tahan
as Victor Frankenstein
Winona Ryder
as Elsa Van Helsing
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Critic Reviews for Frankenweenie

All Critics (222) | Top Critics (61)

Admittedly less eccentric and more classic in style than some of Burton's acclaimed earlier works, Frankenweenie is still chock-full of the filmmaker's old dark magic.

July 11, 2018 | Full Review…

... Frankenweenie beautifully merges the old with the new as it also celebrates filmmaking both literally and fictionally with its relatable protagonist.

September 7, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Tim Burton's most enjoyable movie in a long time.

January 7, 2013 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It was wise to make the film in black and white, and 3D adds to the charm of this sweetly retro experience. Sparky is hereby added to my list of the cinema's most endearing woofers.

October 25, 2012 | Rating: 4/5

An entertainment that is at once old-fashioned and supremely modern, liable to satisfy nostagic parents as much as their children.

October 19, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Clinching the film's spell is its implied exhortation to the kid in each of us.

October 18, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Frankenweenie


Tim Burton is certainly not in a fruitful moment of his career, making one derivative movie after another such as this one, a stop motion animation that is supposed to be a comedy but is only silly and unfunny, with an uninspired premise and a very uninteresting development.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Right before the ending sequence of this film there's a segment wherein a grade school science teacher is brought before the PTA and questioned about his authority to teach and his methods. In his answer, and wonderfully suicidal but straightforward rebuttal, he simply calls out his accusers: "You're ignorant. Stupid." I couldn't help but conjecture that Burton was himself answering the many who are enriched, as are we all, from his contributions to the culture of Western civilisation and yet sneer at the source of the same. Regardless of this aside, here is a user friendly concoction that pays a fun homage to the Shelley work as well as the tradition of monster film that sprang from her work. Though hailing from the Disney studios, it is a decidedly un-Disney work, nearly defiantly so, and a love letter to fans of Charles Addams, the dark, and the moody. The music, as in most of Burton's work, is very good, very appropriate.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

I am not the biggest Tim Burton fan...and I thought that this was just ok. Nothing to brag about...

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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