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Tim Burton's Corpse Bride

  • Family
  • Fantasy
  • 2005
  • Tim Burton
  • 73 mins
  • PG

Summary

Animated fantasy directed by Tim Burton and featuring the voices of Helena Bonham Carter, Johnny Depp and Albert Finney. As he prepares for his arranged marriage to Victoria Everglot, Victor Van Dort goes into the woods to practise his vows and unwittingly slips the ring onto the finger of a corpse. How will he explain to his fiancée that he has married another - and that she happens to be dead?

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Made around the same time as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, this wonderful fantasy appeared in what was a vintage year for fans of the director. This exquisitely crafted example of stop-motion animation puts a hip spin on a Russian folk tale, with shy Victor Van Dort (voiced by Johnny Depp) wandering into the woods to practise his marriage vows and ending up hitched to a corpse (Helena Bonham Carter) - a passionate, blue-hued beauty with a maggot living in her eye. She whisks him off to a curiously vibrant subterranean land, but this enchanting world and his new bride's increasingly apparent charms are little comfort to Victor when he'd rather be married to his living, breathing fiancée Victoria (Emily Watson) above ground. There's a strong resemblance here to Burton's previous foray into feature animation, The Nightmare before Christmas, but this time the gothic morbidity is tinged with more sweetness, and the consistently funny and often lyrical script is far better.

Credits

Cast

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Corpse BrideHelena Bonham Carter
Victor Van DortJohnny Depp
Finis EverglotAlbert Finney
Lord Barkis BitternRichard E Grant
Pastor GalswellsChristopher Lee
Maudeline EverglotJoanna Lumley
Victoria EverglotEmily Watson
Nell Van Dort / HildegardeTracey Ullman
William Van Dort / Mayhew / Paul the head waiterPaul Whitehouse
Elder GutknechtMichael Gough
Black widow spider / Mrs PlumJane Horrocks
BonejanglesDanny Elfman

Crew

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DirectorTim Burton
DirectorMike Johnson (2)

Details

Theatrical distributor
Warner Bros
Released on
2005-10-21
Languages
English
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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