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Frankenweenie
Directed by Tim Burton
Produced by Julie Hickson
Rick Heinrichs
Written by Lenny Ripps
Tim Burton
Original Story
Mary Shelley
Starring Shelley Duvall
Daniel Stern
Barret Oliver
Music by David Newman
Cinematography Thomas E. Ackerman
Editing by Ernest Milano
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures
Touchstone Home Video
Release date(s) December 14, 1984
Running time 30 mins. approx
Country USA
Language English
Budget US$1,000,000

Frankenweenie is a 1984 short film directed by Tim Burton, produced with Walt Disney Pictures and co-written by Burton with Leonard Ripps (Lenny Ripps). It is a parody of and an homage to the 1931 film Frankenstein based on Mary Shelley's book of the same name. Burton is currently working on a full-length stop motion remake for cinematic release.

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Plot

Victor Frankenstein (played by Barret Oliver) is a young boy who creates movies starring his dog, Sparky (a bull terrier, whose name is a joke on the use of electricity used later on). After Sparky is hit by a car, Victor learns at school about electrical impulses in muscles, and gets the idea to bring his pet back to life. He creates elaborate machines which bring down a bolt of lightning that revives the dog. While Victor is pleased, his neighbors are terrified by the animal, and when the Frankensteins decide to introduce the revitalized Sparky to them, they become angry and afraid. Sparky runs away, with Victor in pursuit, and they find themselves at a local miniature golf course, and hide in its flagship windmill. The Frankensteins' neighbors, now an angry mob, arrive on the scene, and while using a cigarette lighter to try to see in, the windmill is accidentally lit on fire. Victor falls and is knocked out, but Sparky rescues him from the flames, in time to be crushed by the windmill. The mob realizes its error, and use their cars, along with jumper cables, to "recharge" Sparky. He is revived, and all celebrate. Sparky later falls in love with a poodle with a hairstyle strangely resembling the Bride of Frankenstein's.

Cast

Controversy

Burton was fired by Disney after the film was completed; the studio claimed that he had wasted company resources and felt the film was too scary for young audiences. But after the mainstream success of Burton's features Beetlejuice, Pee-wee's Big Adventure and Batman, the film was given a home video release in 1994.[1] It is currently available as an extra, along with Vincent, on The Nightmare Before Christmas DVD, Blu-Ray and UMD for PSP.

Remake

In November 2007, Tim Burton signed a deal with Disney to remake the film as a feature length, 3D stop motion film.[2] In January 2009, the film was scheduled for a November 2011 release date[3] and John August was hired to write.[4] Burton began the casting of his movie end of November 2009. Walt Disney Pictures is set to produce the film.[5]

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