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The pennyless but dustily aristocratic Everglots (Joanna Lumley, Albert Finney) want - need! - their son Victor Van Dort (Johnny Depp) to marry the crass social climbers' dowry-endowed sweet daughter Victoria (Emily Watson). The shy Victor fumbles his wedding rehearsal and stumbles into the woods to practice, where he accidentally vows to marry a bride who is not only jilted at the altar, but ... deceased (Helena Bonham Crater). Dragged into the world of the dead, Victor tries to get back to Victoria, who is hurriedly married off to Lord Barkis, but the wedding is yet to finish when the world of the living and of the dead briefly collide.

Review by Louise Keller:
Fabulously innovative, Tim Burton's Corpse Bride is a complex combo of fantasy and whimsy. The brilliant stop motion animation has Burton's trademark look with characters that are both grotesque and appealing. The notions behind Corpse Bride are downright clever, as we traverse between the dreary land of the living to the enticing land of the dead. The narrative is told through words and song (Gilbert and Sullivan style), eye-boggling visuals and routines that will spark your imagination.

When Johnny Depp's Victor stumbles into the forest to practise the wedding vows he has so badly botched at his wedding rehearsal to Emily Watson's Victoria, he is transported into the world of the dead. And death has never been so much fun. Where Victor's world is dull and bland, conversely the world of the Corpse Bride (Helena Bonham Carter) to whom he has accidentally betrothed himself, is a carnival of colour. There are skeletons playing pool, and The Skeleton Band (led by musician Danny Elfman's Bonyjangles) is made up of its bony members who play xylophone on each other's bones, and pluck ribs as string instruments. There are so many special Burton touches, such as the second hand shoppe filled with loose limbs and the remains of the dearly departed dog that is consequently not required to 'play dead'. And then there's the Corpse Bride herself, a compellingly tragic blue figure that is part skeleton, with an hour glass figure, and a tattered wedding gown reminiscent of a delicate and vulnerable blue butterfly.

The fact that the Victor and the Corpse Bride vaguely look a little like Depp and Bonham Carter only adds to the appeal of the characters, and much of humour, like the life/death theme, is dark.

There are two weddings and many lively dead people in Corpse Bride. This is one case in point that death is becoming.

The DVD takes us inside the two worlds and includes interviews, behind the scene footage and production drawings. Other featurettes look at the music, the animation and the actors behind the voices.

Published March 16, 2006

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(UK, 2005)

CAST: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Emily Watson, Tracey Ullman, Paul Whitehouse, Joanna Lumley, Albert Finney, Richard E. Grant, Christopher Lee, Michael Gough, Jane Horrocks, Enn Reitel, Deep Roy

PRODUCER: Allison Abbate, Tim Burton

DIRECTOR: Tim Burton, Mike Johnson

SCRIPT: John August, Pamela Pettler, Caroline Thompson


EDITOR: Jonathan Lucas

MUSIC: Danny Elfman


RUNNING TIME: 76 minutes


AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: November 17, 2005

PRESENTATION: widescreen

SPECIAL FEATURES: Inside the Two Worlds: Includes interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, and production drawings; Danny Elfman Interprets The Two Worlds; The Animators: the Breath of Life; Tim Burton: Dark vs. Light - Explore what inspired Burton to bring the Corpse Bride to life; Meet the actors behind the voices; Step inside and tour the puppet workshop; The Voices Behind the Voice; The Corpse Bride Pre-Production Galleries

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Warner Home Video

DVD RELEASE: March 15, 2006

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