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"FRANKENWEENIE"
(2012) (voices of Charlie Tahan, Atticus Shaffer) (PG)


Alcohol/Drugs Minor
Blood/Gross Stuff Moderate
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Heavy
Frightening/Tense Scenes Heavy
Gun/Weapons Minor
Imitative Behavior Heavy
Jump Scenes Moderate
Music (Scary/Tense) Heavy
Music (Inappropriate) None
Profanity None
Sex/Nudity Minor
Smoking None
Tense Family Scenes Mild
Topics to Talk About Heavy
Violence Heavy


QUICK TAKE:
Animated Comedy/Horror: A boy must contend with the ramifications of bringing his dead dog back to life.
PLOT:
In the town of New Holland, Victor Frankenstein (voice of CHARLIE TAHAN) is an average kid who lives with his parents, Susan (voice of CATHERINE O'HARA) and Ben (voice of MARTIN SHORT), next door to classmate Elsa van Helsing (voice of WINONA RYDER) whose uncle, Mr. Bergermeister (voice of MARTIN SHORT) -- the town's stern mayor -- is watching her while her parents are away.

Victor has few friends and thus spends most of his time conducting science experiments and making movies, some of which star his beloved pet dog, Sparky. His dad, though, thinks Victor should be more involved with sports and thus has him join the baseball team. It's during one such game where Sparky runs out into the street after a home run ball and ends up being run over.

Victor is devastated, but gets an idea upon seeing science teacher Mr. Rzykruski (voice of MARTIN LANDAU) show that the muscles of dead animals can be activated via jolts of electricity. Accordingly, Victor digs up the remains of his dog, stitches them together, and in the tradition of his surname, reanimates Sparky who seems no wiser about his condition. Victor is overjoyed but also cautious and thus wants to keep his experiment and Sparky secret.

But the dog manages to get out and is seen by the school's Igor-like hunchback, Edgar (voice of ATTICUS SHAFFER), who immediately blackmails Victor into doing the experiment again with a dead fish. Edgar can't keep his mouth shut, however, and it's not long before classmates Toshiaki (voice of JAMES HIROYUKI LIAO), Nassor (voice of MARTIN SHORT) and Bob (voice of ROBERT CAPRON) learn of Victor's work.

As the school's science fair is coming up, they figure they can do the same to even bigger results. With the school's creepy student, Weird Girl (voice of CATHERINE O'HARA), joining in, it's not long before their related experiments have gone awry, with all running to Victor pleading for his help.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
The commercials and other advertisements might draw in both pre-teens (drawn to the animation style) and teens (interested in the subject matter).
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
For thematic elements, scary images and action.


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