October 5th 2012
  • Animated,
  • PG,
  • 87 min,
  • Walt Disney Pictures
  • Cast: Martin Landau, Christopher Lee, Robert Capron, Conchata Ferrell, Catherine O'Hara, Winona Ryder, Dee Bradley Baker, Jeff Bennett, Billy Burton, Tom Kenny, James Hiroyuki Liao, Atticus Shaffer, Charlie Tahan, Frank Welker
  • Director: Tim Burton
  • Writers: John August, Tim Burton, Leonard Ripps
  • Producers: Allison Abbate, Tim Burton
  • Co Producer: Derek Frey
  • Associate Producer: Connie Nartonis Thompson
  • Executive Producer: Don Hahn
  • Art Direction: Tim Browning
  • Castings: Ronna Kress, Jen Rudin
  • D.O.P.: Peter Sorg
  • Editors: Chris Lebenzon, Mark Solomon
  • Music: Danny Elfman
  • Production Design: Rick Heinrichs


When Victor, a young boy who enjoys making monster movies, learns that his dog Sparky has been hit by a car he sets out to bring the dog back to life the only way he knows how. With Frankenstein-like features, Sparky frightens the whole neighborhood and is eventually rejected by them. Victor must convince them all that Sparky is the same loyal pet that he always was. This is a stop-animation version of the live action film Frankenweenie (1984).

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Filming Locations: London, UK
  • MPAA Warning: Thematic elements, scary images and action
  • Production Budget: $85 million
  • Production Companies: Walt Disney Pictures, Tim Burton Animation Co., Tim Burton Productions
  • Production Schedule: July 2010 - 2011

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2012 Guide Analysis: "A feature-length 3D stop motion animated film version of the 1984 live-action short film that was one of the earliest works of Tim Burton, one that got him fired from Disney at the time because said film was deemed too scary for young audiences.

The original, a homage to and mild parody of both "Frankenstein" and 50's suburbia, follows a boy who loses his dog and uses the power of science to bring it back to life. The new version is being done in the "Corpse Bride" style, understandable as much of the crew from that film is working on this.

This version is also in black and white and has been in the works for several years, while the voice cast features the voices of many of Burton's previous collaborators from the likes of "Beetlejuice," "Ed Wood" and "Mars Attacks". Christopher Lee will once again play Dracula in a scene with an old film playing on a television set.

Originally planning to be released late 2011, the film has been pushed back a few times and will now open a few weeks ahead of next Halloween."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 5 October 2012: Colombia, Paraguay, Romania
  • 11 October 2012: Russia, Spain
  • 17 October 2012: Belgium, Ireland, UK
  • 18 October 2012: Hong Kong, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Thailand, Ukraine
  • 19 October 2012: Iceland
  • 25 October 2012: Australia, Chile, Malaysia
  • 31 October 2012: France
  • 1 November 2012: Argentina
  • 2 November 2012: Brazil
  • 15 November 2012: Slovenia
  • 22 November 2012: Greece
  • 23 November 2012: Lithuania
  • 29 November 2012: Singapore
  • 15 December 2012: Japan
  • 28 December 2012: Turkey
  • 3 January 2013: Czech Republic, Hungary
  • 4 January 2013: Bulgaria
  • 11 January 2013: Sweden
  • 17 January 2013: Denmark, Italy
  • 24 January 2013: Germany
  • 25 January 2013: Norway