Corpse Bride

Corpse Bride

Corpse Bride

Tim Burton, creator of The Nightmare Before Christmas, directs this 2005 stop-motion animated gothic fantasy set in the late 1800s about a timid young man (voiced by Johnny Depp) caught between the woman he was meant to wed (Emily Watson) and the undead bride he accidentally married (Helena Bonham Carter). 

Desperate to get into Victorian high society, a middle-age couple pressure their son Victor to marry Victoria. But when Victor flees the practice wedding, he accidentally places the ring on the finger of a deceased – yet lively – bride instead, who takes him away to the rather high-spirited Land of the Dead. Halted by his own awkwardness, Victor fumbles to untie this misunderstanding, but ends up learning about the unfortunate events that put the Corpse Bride into her grave.

The puppets’ heads were adjusted and manipulated by the animators via clockwork and hidden keys, as opposed to the standard replaceable facial features. However, this technique is reportedly even more painstaking, giving one puppeteer recurring nightmares of him using this practice to readjust his own face.

2005Rating: PG, Scary scenes, mild themes77 minsUK, USA
AnimatedFantasyMusicalRomance
Director:
Tim Burton ('Edward Scissorhands', 'Alice in Wonderland', 'Frankenweenie', 'Ed Wood')Mike Johnson (feature debut, TV's 'The PJs')
Writer:
John AugustCaroline ThompsonPamela Pettler
Cast:
Johnny DeppHelena Bonham CarterEmily WatsonTracey UllmanPaul WhitehouseJoanna LumleyAlbert FinneyRichard E. GrantChristopher Lee

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Variety

Variety

An endearingly schizoid Frankenstein of a movie, by turns relentlessly high-spirited and darkly poignant.

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Time Out

Time Out

As fun as the film occasionally is, it just plays like a compilation of greatest hits.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

A sweet and visually lovely tale of love lost.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

A wondrous flight of fancy, a stop-motion-animated treat brimming with imaginative characters, evocative sets, sly humor, inspired songs and a genuine whimsy.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

A precious thing, if likely to please refined aesthetes and odd children rather than win over Pixar-sized crowds.

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