2012 PG 1h 27m Blu-ray / DVD


2012 PG 1h 27m Blu-ray / DVD
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After his dog is killed in a car accident, an imaginative boy sets out to bring the canine back to life with an electrical experiment. Helmed by Tim Burton, this stop-motion animated tale is an adaptation of the idiosyncratic director's first film.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.85:1
French, Spanish (Neutral), English
Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, English: DVS - Descriptive Video Service, English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Widescreen 1.85:1
French, Spanish (Neutral), English SDH
Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, French: DTS 7.1 HD, English: DVS - Descriptive Video Service, English: DTS 7.1 HD, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 9+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 9+
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age 9+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Tim Burton's black-and-white, stop-motion animated film Frankenweenie is the feature-length version of a short he made early in his career. Like most of Burton's films, Frankenweenie's tone is dark and creepy and will likely scare kids who are sensitive to the macabre. On the other hand, this tale of a very young Frankenstein who reanimates his beloved pet dog is a great introduction to the horror genre for older kids and tweens who are ready for some scares -- like when a group of kids reanimates various pets that go wild (one ends up as big as Godzilla) and terrorize the town. Pets die in the movie, and the resulting grief is depicted realistically.

Sexual Content

Parents hug, a mother reads a romance novel, and Sparky flirts with the neighbor's dog, Persephone. Victor and Elsa are sweet in a flirtatious way.


The movie has a generally dark and frightening tone, augmented by the often-suspenseful music. Most of Victor's classmates are creepy looking, especially the tall and freaky sounding Nassor and the "children of the corn" lookalike with her cat that makes prophetic, letter-shaped poop. Several scary sequences, including an invisible reanimated fish that bites and the entire last part of the movie, when reanimated pets, giant sea monkeys, a mummified creature, and a Godzilla-like turtle terrorize New Holland and its townsfolk. Pets die, and other pets turn into monsters that smash and destroy.


Mild insults: "stupid," "crazy," "no friends."

Social Behavior

Science and scientific thought are encouraged, but it's also important to have the right motivation behind a scientific project -- i.e. intention and purpose matter. Victor reveals himself to be a brave and loving friend. Grief over a pet's death is depicted in a realistic manner. Parents support their son, even though they don't fully understand why he made certain decisions.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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