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FRANKENWEENIE <span>[3D]</span> artwork


Type of media Film

Approved Running time 86m 51s

Release date 17/10/2012

BBFCInsight Contains mild threat, scary scenes and one use of mild language

Genre(s) Animation, Comedy, Fantasy

Director(s) Tim Burton

Cast includes Shelley Duvall (voice), Daniel Stern (voice), Barret Oliver (voice), Joseph Maher (voice), Roz Braverman (voice), Paul Bartel (voice), Sofia Coppola (voice), Jason Hervey (voice), Paul C. Scott (voice), Helen Boll (voice), Sparky, Rusty James (voice), Wynona Ryder (voice), Martin Short (voice)

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 07/10/2012

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

FRANKENWEENIE is an animated film directed by Tim Burton. It tells the story of a young boy with a passion for horror movies, whose well-meaning experiments to bring his pet dog back to life cause fear and chaos in the town where he lives. It was rated PG for mild threat, scary scenes and one use of mild language.

FRANKENWEENIE employs images and conventions from classic horror films, such as stormy nights, spooky graveyards and burning windmills. Characters face danger and threat but also display courage and resourcefulness. The more intense moments are brief and are followed by reassuring elements. The comic tone of much of the action further lightens the film's darker moments. The film is chiefly about the young boy's devotion to his pet and his innocent attempts to defy nature. The theme of loss is handled sensitively.

There is a single use of mild bad language when an older and unsympathetic character incites an angry mob by shouting "After him! Kill the bastard!". There is also some milder bad language, including uses of 'Jeez' and 'damn'. The film also features some mild rude humour, including visual and verbal jokes about bodily functions.

PG stands for Parental Guidance. A PG film should not disturb a child aged around eight or older. However, parents are advised to consider whether the content may upset younger or more sensitive children.


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This version of the film is displayed in the 3D or IMAX format and some younger children may find this a more intense experience

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