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Elsa Van Helsing
Elsa Van Helsing
Background information
Feature films Frankenweenie
Short films
Television programs
Video games
Park attractions
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Voice Winona Ryder
Performance model
Inspiration Tambry

Lydia Deetz (Beetlejuice)

Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names
Personality Soulful, well-meaning, somber, innocent, quiet, lonely, depressed, shy, polite.
Appearance Slender, beautiful, multiple ponytails, black dress
Occupation Student, the "Little Dutch Girl"
Goal Get Persephone back
Pets Persephone (dog)
Allies Victor Frankenstein, Persephone, Sparky
Enemies Toshiaki, Nassor, Mr. Whiskers
Likes Victor, Persephone
Dislikes Persephone taken away, her uncle lecturing her
Powers and abilities
Weapons Stick
Fate Watches Sparky get resurrected
Quote "Stay away from us!"

Elsa Van Helsing is the tritagonist of Tim Burton's 2012 stop-motion Disney film Frankenweenie. She is voiced by Winona Ryder.


Elsa Van Helsing is a 10-year-old soulful and somber classmate of Victor Frankenstein. She lives next door to him with her tyrant uncle, Mayor Burgermeister, who forces her to be this year’s “Little Dutch Girl” at the town’s Dutch Day celebration. Elsa also has a beloved pet, her poodle Persephone, and truly empathizes with Victor when he loses Sparky. She is the object of Victor's affections. Her appearance looks like a female counterpart to Victor. Although she and Victor may not show it, but the two neighbors appear to harbour romantic affections towards each other.

Role in the Movie

Elsa is living with her uncle Mr. Burgermeister while her parents are away, and he is forcing her to be the Little Dutch Girl for the celebration, which she doesn't want to do.



  • Elsa Van Helsing bears a strong physical resemblance to Lydia Deetz, a character from Tim Burton's 1988 film, Beetlejuice. Winona Ryder, Elsa's voice actress, also played Lydia.
  • Elsa's surname is a reference to Professor Abraham Van Helsing, a prominent character from Bram Stoker's 1897 horror novel Dracula.
  • Elsa being kidnapped and terrorized by the Vampire Cat may draw parallel to Winona Ryder's portrayal of Mina Harker in Bram Stoker's Dracula.
  • Elsa's last name is a reference to Abraham Van Helsing, a vampire hunter and Count Dracula's archenemy.
  • Elsa's first name was named after the actress Elsa Launcher, the woman who play Boris Karloff's The Bride Of Frankenstein.
  • Elsa's parents are never revealed in the movie.
  • Victor Frankenstein is also older than her.

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