Corpse Bride Review
Synopsis:When a shy groom practices his wedding vows in the inadvertent presence of a deceased young woman, she rises from the grave assuming he has married her.
Corpse Bride (2005) is a 1h 17-min British-American stop-motion-animated drama film that had an estimated budget of $40 million and grossed over $117.2 million. Directors Tim Burton (Edward Scissorhands (1990), Batman Returns (1992), Ed Wood (1994)) and Mike Johnson (The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), James and the Giant Peach (1996), Anomalisa (2015)) excelled upon executing this marvelous film. Corpse Bride was the third stop-motion feature film that was produced by Tim Burton and the first to be directed by him and is also the first stop-motion feature film from Tim Burton that was distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.
Victor Van Dort (Voice of Johnny Depp - Edward Scissorhands (1990), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), Alice in Wonderland (2010), Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)) is the son of a rich fish merchant. Victoria Everglot (Voice of Emily Watson - Breaking the Waves (1996), War Horse (2011), Red Dragon (2002)) is the daughter of hateful aristocrats. Victoria is neglected and preparing for her arranged marriage with Victor. The arranged marriage will raise Victor’s parents social class while making Victoria’s family rise from being penniless to becoming wealthy.
Victoria and Victor were hesitant about marrying each other without knowing each other but instantly fell in love after meeting for the first time. Victor was embarrassed after he was scolded by Pastor Galswells (Christopher Lee - The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)) for forgetting his wedding vows during rehearsal. He ran to a nearby forest where he decided to practice his vow after placing the wedding ring on what he thought was a tree root but turned out to be a murdered woman’s finger. The woman rises from the grave stating that she is Victor’s wife resulting in Victor to faint. He awoke in the Land of the Dead and shortly after learning of how his spirit bride Emily (Helena Bonham Carter - The King’s Speech
(2010), Fight Club (1999), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), Alice in Wonderland (2010)) was murdered years ago. Emily was killed by criminals on the night she was about to elope.
The movie progresses to being an emotionally bittersweet macabre musical that was high-spirited and a darkly poignant tale of love lost. The imaginative characters, sets, humor, inspired songs, macabre matrimony, inventive style, and a morbid story of true love makes Corpse Bride one of the best stop-motion animated romantic musical comedy ever. The movie flowed fluidly with drop-dead gorgeous scenes that displayed an imaginative mix of horror and humor.
About Corpse Bride (2005)
Original Title: Tim Burton's Corpse Bride
Runtime: 77 minutes
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Animation, Musical
Total Avg. Votes: 19
Writers: Tim Burton, Carlos Grangel, John August, Caroline Thompson, Pamela Pettler
Director: Tim Burton, Mike Johnson