#Frankenweenie Movie Night Fun Pack


Disney’s Frankenweenie is now available on Blu-ray, DVD, 3D and Digital Download. I have already seen the movie (you can check out my review here), however my family has not seen it yet. That is why Saturday night we’re going to have Family Movie Night and watch the film together. I’m looking forward to seeing their reaction to the film.

In celebration of the release of the film I have a few clips you might enjoy as well as a fun Frankenweenie Movie Night Fun Pack.

When you watch the film at home make sure to check out the bonus clips. You’ll learn everything from the amazing set designs to the realistic puppets that were used for this stop motion animated feature film.

Here are a few clips for your enjoyment.

Don’t forget about the FREE downloadable & printable Fun Pack. The Fun Pack includes a step-by-step guide on how to draw Sparky, printable character masks as well as Pin the Tail on Sparky and Frankenweenie Memory games. Simply click on the image below to download and print out the material.

Download Frankenweenie Movie Night Fun Pack

Look for Frankenweenie where ever movies are sold.

For more information visit www.Disney.Go.com/Frankenweenie. You can also follow the movie on Facebook or follow Disney Pictures on Twitter (hashtag #Frankenweenie).


*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers. Any opinions expressed are my own unless otherwise noted.

Just released – Frankenweenie! Plus cool movie facts & more. #Frankenweenie


I am very exited that Frankenweenie is now available in Blu-ray, DVD, 3D and Digital Download. I have been anxious for my family to see the movie ever since I saw it last year. We’re planning a “Family Movie Night” for Saturday night where we’ll watch Frankenweenie together.

I have already seen the film, but I was actually pretty excited to see what bonus features the put on the Blu-ray for the movie. I admit it – I like the bonus features. Sometimes the features and extras as just as entertaining and interesting as the movie it’s self.

Normally I watch bonus features after I’ve seen the movie. I think most people do that. However this is the first time I would recommend watching the bonus features BEFORE the movie, if you haven’t already seen Frankenweenie. There is a very good reason for my odd recommendation. That is because there is a bonus feature called Miniatures in Motion; Bringing Frankenweenie to Life. This feature takes you behind the scenes of the film in a way you would never expect. There are no interviews with the voice actors and just a few comments from the Tim Burton. Most of the feature is about what went into making the movie. And let me tell you it’s unbelievable.

The feature shows you everything that needs to be done to bring one of the puppets to life. It also gives you a look into all the miniatures that were used in the film, from teeny tiny pencils to sugar covered donuts. It’s hard to fathom that all the things used in the film, both major props and background props, all took a long time to develop and create. I would love to see how they actually made the tiny tulip flowers or the itty bitty pencils the puppets used.

Frankenweenie Family

I learned a lot about the film in this bonus feature. Did you know that even though the film is done in black and white, the puppets and props did have a little color in them, but not the colors you would normally expect. I didn’t know that some colors don’t translate into black and white as easily as other colors. That is why the banners used on one scene were brown and yellow and not red, white and blue because red and blue don’t look as nice in black and white as brown and yellow do.

Another interesting fact is that it sometimes took and entire day to shoot TWO SECONDS of the film. Think about that – 8+ hours of work for two brief seconds. Wow! That is because there is A LOT involved in stop animation. For example, the characters pupils have to be replaced to change their expressions and even eye lids have to be added and removed so that the characters blink and come across as looking more like real people. Not only are the animators moving the characters but they also have to add things to them and take things off of them to make them appear real.

After watching that bonus feature it gave me so much more appreciation for the film and what it took to make it. Now when I watch the movie on Saturday with my family I’m going to take time to appreciate all the hard work and dedication that went into making this film.

Another bonus feature is the original Frankenweenie that was done with real people. It was interesting to see that the Frankenweenie (stop animation version) is a lot like the original, just with more characters and a bit more to the story line. Shelley Duvall (The Shining) and a very young looking Daniel Stern (Home Alone & Home Alone 2) play Victor’s parents.

I’m not happy to admit this but I thought the part of “Strange Girl” (Anne Chambers/Domino in the orignal movie) was a boy dressed up like a girl. It turns out it was Sophia Coppola. Wow!

If you have not seen Frankenweenie yet here is a brief synopsis.

Frankenweenie is the story of a young boy name Victor Frankenstein (voiced by Charlie Tahan). Victor is a quiet boy who prefers to be with his best friend, his dog Sparky, then with other children. His parents are a bit concerned that he doesn’t engage with other children and try to encourage him to get more involved.

One day at school the new science teacher informs the kids of a science fair that school will be having. Victor is excited about the prospect of competing in the science fair and asks his parents to sign the form necessary for him to participate. His parents agree, but they have one condition – he must join a sports team. Begrudgedly Victor joins the baseball team.

Victor’s first game ends in tragedy when his beloved dog Sparky is struck by a car and killed. Lost without his friend Victor hatches a plan to resurrect his best friend.

Victor is successful in bringing Sparky back to life but his happiness is short lived when things go terribly wrong…

I am not going to giveaway too much of the film. You’ll just have to pick up a copy to find out for yourself. 🙂

I enjoyed the movie. It was a bit odd seeing it in black and white but after seeing the film I think it actually gave the movie more character and pizzazz.

Even though the movie does hit upon death I think it’s still OK for young children. Just be prepared for some questions (and maybe some tears).

The only thing that I would have preferred is that in the end Sparky (the dog) was allowed to die. I wouldn’t want to give little kids hope that deceased animals can come back to life again. I think by having Sparky finally die it would have taught children that it’s OK to miss someone you love when they die, but life will go on and you will always have the memories of your special time together.

I have a lot of free printables and activities for Frankenweenie, not to mention plenty of behind the scenes stuff here on my site. I also attended the movie’s White Carpet (instead of red) premiere event and after party. Check out all the celebrities I met that night. 🙂 Simply put the work Frankenweenie in my site’s search box (top of the right side bar).

In addition I have these really cool movie facts I think you might enjoy. Personally I found them very interesting. They are just more reasons why I appreciate what went into the making of this movie.

Igor Frankenweenie


Want the inside scoop on Tim Burton’s stop-motion animation, Frankenweenie? You got it! We head behind the scenes to bring you the ultimate lowdown…


“We looked at a lot of old black and white horrors to research Frankenweenie,” admits Allison Abbate. “We looked at old Frankenstein movies, especially The House Of Frankenstein and the fun monster-mash up movies. Some of the characters are inspired by various monster movies from the past. The invisible fish is obviously inspired by The Invisible Man and the Mummy Hamster is inspired by old mummy movies. It was a lot of fun to watch them again for inspiration.”


“If you want to change the expression on a puppet’s face, you use an Allen key in the puppet’s ear,” admits Allison Abbate. “There is a system of pulleys inside each puppet’s head and you twist the Allen key to make it smile or frown. Mr. Rzykruski is a little different. He has replacement mouths when he speaks. The bottom half of his face comes off from the nose downwards!”


“We love the idea of creating fun extras for the Blu-ray release, which is why we came up with an extra short for the Frankenweenie Blu-ray,” reveals Allison Abbate. “The short film sees Victor and a dead Sparky looking at a movie they made prior to the accident. It’s a really sweet short film of them hanging out together.”


“Is this the first 3D movie in black and white?” ponders Tim Burton. “Ever in the history of movies? No, because they released The Creature From The Black Lagoon in black and white 3D. There were a few black and white movies in the 50s that were turned into 3D, but I think Frankenweenie looks really beautiful in this format. It really helps to create a feeling and an emotion.”


“Some teachers really inspire you and make a huge difference in your life,” admits actress Winona Ryder, who voices Elsa van Helsing in the movie. “They stay with you forever and that’s one of the messages of the movie. I think that’s why Tim Burton invited his high school teacher to the premiere in Los Angeles. He’s 82 years old and I couldn’t wait to meet him.”


“When we were designing the pet cemetery, we asked everyone in the crew for the names of their pets that had passed away,” reveals Allison Abbate. “We incorporated the names into the tombstones, and then we would try to figure out who each pet belonged to. You’d hear people walk around saying, ‘Wait a minute… Were you Bob Fishy’s owner?’ The ‘Goodbye Kitty’ joke was Tim’s idea, but it’s also interesting that Sparky’s tombstone was added to the pet cemetery outside the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland during Halloween. That was really sweet to see.”


“Tim Burton wanted Frankenweenie to be an homage to the monster movies of the 60s, so black and white was the perfect choice,” explains executive producer, Don Hahn. “However, the movie was all shot in in color. We catch each frame in color and then we change it to black and white immediately on our computer screens. In this digital age, it’s an extra step to get it in black and white, which is funny. The chips in the cameras naturally capture everything in color – but it’s very easy to change them once we’ve got the shot.”


“The puppets are very delicate,” admits Allison Abbate. “The hands are very fragile and the fingers can only bend so many times before they need to be replaced. That’s why we set up a puppet hospital on set. The puppets get touched hundreds of thousands of times over the course of a few weeks, so parts have to be replaced every now and then. The puppet hospital was like a normal hospital in many ways because you’d see people rushing in screaming, ‘Broken neck!’ The hospital saved the day on more than a few occasions.”


“Each of the puppet’s outfits is made specifically for them,” explains Allison Abbate. “A lot of the dresses on the women are lined in foil so that when the animators move them around, you can move the fabric to a set position. It was really difficult to source the material for the clothing. It had to be to a specific scale, so it wasn’t an easy task at all!”


“When I was little, I had a dog named Pepe,” reveals Tim Burton. “Sparky is definitely inspired by him. Pepe was a mutt and he was very dear to me. He had a disease, which meant he wasn’t supposed to live very long, but he lived much longer than expected. I’ll never forget Pepe.”


“Stop-motion animation is very time consuming because you have to move the puppet 24 frames for each second of film,” reveals Allison Abbate. “Even the pupils of the puppets’ eyes are moved! The animators used toothpicks to move them gently. The tears on the puppets are often made from a hard glycerin soap. It looks like the tears are wet, but they’re not.”



Number crunch with Frankenweenie as we bring together a host of fun facts on the making of the mega movie! How many months did it take to create the film? How many puppets were made for the stop-motion movie? How long were the voice sessions with the talented cast? And how many animators worked on the black and white adventure? The answers are all here…


Frankenweenie is based on a short live action film that director Tim Burton made more than 25years ago,” reveals Frankenweenie producer, Allison Abbate. “It’s an homage to the classic horror movies that inspired Tim when he was a child.”


“The process of stop-motion animation hasn’t changed too much in the last 80 years,” adds Allison Abbate. “Animators still need to manipulate the puppets one frame at a time and literally reanimate the characters right before your eyes!”


There are 24 frames per second in a stop-motion movie like Frankenweenie. This means that the animator must stop and position the puppet 24 times in order to create one second of filmed action!


“Stop-motion is a very time consuming process,” admits Frankenweenie executive producer, Don Hahn. “In a good week, each animator produced about five seconds of finished film!”


The main character in Frankenweenie is a 10-year-old boy named Victor. He’s clever and industrious – and he’s very inspired by science.


At any given time there were up to 35 sets being used on a sound stage at 3 Mills Studios in East London.  The film was produced near London’s Olympic Stadium.  You could spot the studio in many of the helicopter shots at the Olympics.


“Around 500 people worked on the movie,” explains Allison Abbate. That’s everyone from voice artists to animators and producers to set builders!


“The action of the movie is set in a town called New Holland in the 1970s,” reveals Allison Abbate. “It’s a suburban community where nothing crazy usually happens – until now!”


More than 200 puppets were created for Frankenweenie!


The puppets in the movie are all various sizes, but the largest used in the film was the Turtle Monster which stood at about 3-feet tall.


“As soon as we had a completed script, it took one year – or 12 months – to prep the stages and create the puppets,” says Allison Abbate.


There were 18 Victor puppets created for the movie, as well as 15 Sparky puppets. Why so many? Well, each of the animators worked independently on different scenes – and backups were also needed in case a puppet required repair!


“We had about seven recording sessions with Charlie Tahan, who provides the voice of Victor,” reveals Allison Abbate. “Victor has the most lines in the movie, so he had more sessions than anyone else.”


“The average voice session lasted two hours – or 120 minutes,” continues Allison Abbate. “In the beginning, the sessions were longer – but in the end, they were often much shorter than that.”


The talented voice cast includes four actors who worked with Tim Burton on previous movies: Winona Ryder (Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands), Catherine O’Hara (Beetlejuice, The Nightmare Before Christmas), Martin Short (Mars Attacks) and Martin Landau (Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow).


“In total, there were about 27 animators who worked on the movie,” reveals Allison Abbate. “That includes assistants and animators who came in for short periods of time.”


There were five sets of Mr. and Mrs. Frankenstein puppets created for the movie!


Sparky was the most complicated puppet in Frankenweenie. There are more than 300 joints in his body!

Look for Frankenweenie where ever movies are sold.

For more information visit www.Disney.Go.com/Frankenweenie. You can also follow the movie on Facebook or follow Disney Pictures on Twitter (hashtag #Frankenweenie).

My Frankenweenie Plush Dogs

My Frankenweenie Plush Dogs


*I received a free screener copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own unless otherwise noted.

Fun Frankenweenie Printables & Activities


In anticipation of the release of Frankenweenie (January 8, 2013) I have some fun Frankenweenie printables and activities for you to enjoy with your family. Simply click on the image (below) to be taken to where you can download and print them out. The activities include spot the difference, mazes and hidden objects.

Frankenweenie will be available on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Platforms.

If you follow my blog regularly you’ll recall that I was there for the “White” Carpet Premiere and after party for Frankenweenie out in Hollywood. You can read all about that adventure, as well as my  movie review, here on my site. Simply put the word Frankenweenie in the search box (top of the side bar on the right).


Download Frankenweenie Activity Pack


*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers.

FREE Halloween Pumpkin Carving Patterns

With Halloween around the corner I thought it would be fun to share some FREE Halloween pumpkin carving patterns with my readers. The patterns allow you to create a spider, skeleton hands, Sparky from the movie Frankenweenie and other ghostly images. 🙂

There are complete instructions for how to use the patterns too.

This is a fun way to make your pumpkins really stand out. They are sure to delight trick-or-treaters both young and old.

My favorite is the adorable little spider (pictured above).

To download simply click on the text found below the Sparky the dog graphic (below).

Halloween Pumpkin Pattern Templates and Instructions

Sparky is from the hit movie Frankenweenie which is in theaters now. If you would like to read my review you can find it here, http://bit.ly/UI972M (I shortened the link).

For more fun Frankenweenie treats click on the links below.

Fun Halloween theme recipes from Frankenweenie

FREE Frankenweenie Activity Sheets


*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers. 

Frankenweenie… it’s electrifying! #Frankenweenie

On October 5, 2012 the Tim Burton film, Frankenweenie, opens in theaters across the country. I was very fortunate to attend the white carpet (instead of red) premiere of the film in Hollywood last week. In addition I was able to attend the after party and meet with some of the stars of the film. The whole night was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

Months ago, when I first heard about the film, I was a bit intrigued by it. It’s not uncommon for films to be in 3D. Frankenweenie takes it to a whole other level because it’s the first animated 3D film to be done in black and white.

I’m a fan of old black and white movies. I’ve enjoyed them since I was a young girl. I was born in the late 60’s where movies and TV shows were done in color. There is just something about black and white shows and movies that really appeals to me.

Frankenweenie is the story of a young boy name Victor Frankenstein (voiced by Charlie Tahan). Victor is a quiet boy who prefers to be with his best friend, his dog Sparky, then with other children. His parents are a bit concerned that he doesn’t engage with other children and try to encourage him to get more involved.

One day at school the new science teacher informs the kids of a science fair that school will be having. Victor is excited about the prospect of competing in the science fair and asks his parents to sign the form necessary for him to participate. His parents agree, but they have one condition – he must join a sports team. Begrudgedly Victor joins the baseball team.

Victor’s first game ends in tragedy when his beloved dog Sparky is struck by a car and killed. Lost without his friend Victor hatches a plan to resurrect his best friend.

Victor is successful in bringing Sparky back to life but his happiness is short lived when things go terribly wrong…

I don’t want to tell you anymore of the story. You’ll just have to go see Frankenweenie to find out what happens. Let’s just say that Sparky is not the only creature to come back to life.

I think anyone who has ever loved a pet, and lost a pet, will relate to Victor. I know I was getting a bit misty eyed when Sparky was killed. I have lost pets to both old age and illness. It breaks your heart.

I love how Victor’s parents express to him how Sparky is not truly gone… he will live in Victor’s heart forever. That is very true and I think it’s something important to teach children. It’s hard to lose a loved one but as long as you love them they will always be in your heart.

As a parent I wish the movie ended a bit differently. As a pet lover I can appreciate the ending. I’m sort of on the fence about which ending would have been better.

I was concerned that the movie being in black and white wouldn’t work out well with the 3D. I was wrong. The movie is just as great in 3D as movies done in color. It’s not the type of 3D where things pop out at your but rather it’s the type of 3D that draws you into the film. You feel like you are standing in the attic with Victor when he does his experiments.

There is a part of the film that brought up my favorite sci-fi and creature films that I used to enjoy as a kid (and still do). Godzilla comes to mind. When you see the film you’ll know why.

The actors they used to voice the characters were perfect. Atticus Shaffer (“Brick” from the ABC series The Middle) was the perfect choice for Edgar E. Gore. Rob Capron (“Rowley” from the Diary of a Wimpy Kid movies) voiced the character of Bob. Rob’s sweet nature came out in Bob’s voice. Bob might look like a bully because of his size but the reality is that Bob is just a sweet kid who makes some bad decisions.

Winona Rider, Martin Landau, Tom Kenny, Mar

It’s hard not to fall in love with the character of Sparky. I used to have a dog name Sparky. He died from bone cancer when he was only a few years old. 🙁 I think that is why his character especially touched my heart.

I think one of the scene stealer’s is Mr. Whiskers, a cat who can predict when things are going to happen (or so his creepy owner thinks he can). Mr. Whiskers is hysterical, especially the constant shocked look he has on his face.

Check out this FUNNY video about Mr. Whiskers. Seriously… you should watch it. You won’t be disappointed.


If you are reading this via e-mail you can find the video here, http://bit.ly/VCArCQ.

Check out the Frankenweenie Facebook page to Ask Mr. Whiskers what the future holds for you. 🙂

Frankenweenie is rated PG. I honestly don’t see anything wrong with it except maybe it might be too intense for very young children (under 5) who cannot really understand death. Aside from that I think the film is great for children of all ages. Adults will enjoy the film as much as kids. My husband is anxious to see the film, as is my teenagers.

Frankenweenie was directed by Tim Burton. Tim Burton’s films are known to be a bit “odd”, but that is Tim’s “hallmark”, so to speak. Other films Tim has directed include Dark Shadows (Johnny Depp), Alice in Wonderland (Johnny Depp), Mars Attacks!, Edward Scissorhands, Beatlejuice and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Johnny Depp), to name a few. If you have ever seen a Tim Burton film you know that his films are not the “norm”. They are always very quirky and incredibly entertaining. Frankenweenie is certainly very entertaining, and it is quirky, but for some reason it doesn’t strike me as a typical Tim Burton film. If I didn’t know he directed the film and someone told me after I saw it that it was a Tim Burton film I would have been shocked. For me this movie is a little different then his other films.

I hope you’ll go see Frankenweenie with your family. If you do go I would love to know what you think about the film. Please feel free to stop by and leave a comment and let me know. I always love to hear from my readers.

For more information about Frankenweenie visit the official site, www.Disney.Go.com/Frankenweenie. You can also check out the film on Facebook, www.Facebook.com/Frankenweenie.

You can follow the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #Frankenweenie.

If you would like to read up on my other Frankenweenie posts I have included them below.

Frankenweenie White Carpet Premiere and After Party

Fun Halloween Recipes from Frankenweenie

FREE Frankenweenie Activity Sheets

Interview with the Young Stars of Frankenweenie


*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this review for the benefit and enjoyment of my site readers. The opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced in any way.

Fun Halloween theme recipes from #Frankenweenie

Frankenweenie opens in theaters on October 5, 2012. If you haven’t seen my white carpet event and after party post for the movie you can see it here,   (I shortened the link).

I’ll be posting my review for the movie shortly. In the mean time here is a little information about the movie.

From creative genius Tim Burton (“Alice in Wonderland,” The Nightmare Before Christmas”) comes “Frankenweenie,” a heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life—with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor’s fellow students, teachers and the entire town all learn that getting a new “leash on life” can be monstrous.

A stop-motion animated film, “Frankenweenie” was filmed in black and white and rendered in 3D. The talented voice cast includes: Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan, Atticus Shaffer, Robert Capron, Conchata Ferrell and Winona Ryder.

Presented by Disney, “Frankenweenie” is directed by Tim Burton, produced by Tim Burton and Allison Abbate, from a screenplay by John August, based on a screenplay by Lenny Ripps, based on an original idea by Tim Burton. “Frankenweenie” releases in U.S. theaters on October 5, 2012.

To help celebrate the movie’s release, as well as the upcoming Halloween season, here are some fun (and easy!) spooky recipes you might want to try with your family.

To download the recipe simply click on the text below each image.

Batty Cupcakes

Funny Bones

Pizza Mummies

Salty Bones

Sweet Skulls

Worms In Dirt

Don’t forget to check out Frankenweenie at www.Disney.go.com/Frankenweenie. You can also check out the movie on Facebook, www.Facebook.com/Frankenweenie.


*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers.