Frankenweenie is a 1984 American science fiction comedy horror featurette directed by Tim Burton and written by him and Leonard Ripps. It is both a parody and homage to the 1931 film Frankenstein based on Mary Shelley's 1818 novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. Burton later directed a feature-length stop-motion animated remake, released in 2012.
Victor Frankenstein is a young scientist who creates movies starring his dog, Sparky (a Bull Terrier, whose name is a reference to the use of electricity in the film). After Sparky is hit by a car and killed, Victor learns at school about electrical impulses in muscles and is inspired to bring his pet back to life. He creates elaborate machines which bring down a bolt of lightning that revives the dog. Victor is pleased, but when the Frankensteins decide to introduce the revitalized Sparky to his neighbors, they become angry and terrified.
|genre||comedy fantasy horror science fiction|
|keywords||angry mob back to life bride of frankenstein bull terrier cigarette lighter crush end frankenstein\'s monster golf course hit by a car jump start jumper cable jumper cables kill knock out lighter lightning miniature golf poodle set on fire victor frankenstein windmill|
|producer||Julie Hickson Rick Heinrichs|
|productionCompany||Walt Disney Pictures|
|publisher||Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures|
|theme||comedy horror short|