Frankenweenie (film) Featurette, released in Los Angeles on December 14, 1984, and again on March 6, 1992 (with Blame It on the Bellboy). An homage to the great horror films of the 1930s. After young Victor Frankenstein’s dog, Sparky, is killed by a car, his parents become concerned when their son accumulates a collection of electrical junk in their attic. Using techniques of his legendary namesake, Victor’s secret purpose is to bring his beloved pet back to life. The result of the experiment causes panic in the neighborhood. 30 min. Directed by Tim Burton. Stars Barret Oliver, Shelley Duvall, Daniel Stern, Paul Bartel. The filmmakers managed to find and use some of the same laboratory equipment that had been used in the original Frankenstein film many years earlier. Shown on The Disney Channel and released on video in 1992.