Victor and Sparky, of course, come to the rescue, and many lessons are learned at the end. Most importantly Victor's dad learns that "sometimes, adults don't know what they're talking about."
Burton's movie is about science and responsibility and getting kids to fall in love with scientific experimentation and with learning itself. It's a film about loyalty and honesty and what it means to be a good friend. The parts where Frankenweenie directly addressed the villagers' fear of science and their total ignorance in the face of reality, were probably my favorite bits. This is a movie that believes in science and is excited about research questions!
Frankenweenie has a great cast – Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short, and Winona Ryder – a lovely Danny Elfman score, and is filled with tongue-in-cheek references to both classic horror cinema and old-school Tim Burton movies. Even if you aren't up on your classic horror (and I by no means am), you'll get many of these little nods, but either way, Frankenweenie has plenty of grotesque cuteness to keep you happy all the same.