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Corpse Bride
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by Mark Rodger-Snelson

"A goulish treat for the whole family"
5 stars

Tim Burtonís Corpse Bride is a wonderfully wicked movie brimming with imagination, talent, humour and heart. It is his second outing into stop-motion animation using clay models and it is equally as enchanting as his 1993 classic The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Although the title sounds quite gruesome, this is very much a movie the whole family can take pleasure in watching. Some younger children may find the imagery a little too scary but Corpse Bride will serve as a treat for kids who like can take their animation with a dash of the macabre.

Victor (Johnny Depp) is a shy bachelor and talented pianist who is due to marry the equally shy Victoria (Emily Watson). Their marriage has been arranged by their aristocratic parents and they only meet the night before their big day. From this short meeting, they find that they do have a lot in common and develop feelings for each other.

However Victor is so nervous at the wedding rehearsal, he continually forgets his lines which leads to him running into the dark forest in embarrassment and shame. It is here, whilst practising his vows, that he unintentionally marries the Corpse Bride (Helena Bonham Carter) and is whisked away to the Land of the Dead which turns out to be an unexpectedly colourful and exciting place to be. But despite what on offer here, Victor cannot deny his true love for Victoria and will do all he can to get her back.

As with most Tim Burton films, Corpse Bride is a visual masterpiece. From the bleak Victorian townscape to the jazzed up lively Land of the Dead as well as the finely crafted clay models, it is an artistic triumph. It also has a very strong, mostly British voice cast including Albert Finney, Joanna Lumley, Helena Bonham-Carter, Emily Watson, Richard E Grant, Tracey Ullman, Christopher Lee with Johnny Depp taking on an English accent for the lead role and they all do a brilliant job, highlighting the importance of a good cast when it comes to voicing animated features. Rounding off proceedings is a fantastic score by regular Burton collaborator Danny Elfman who also voices the character Bonejangles, resident jazzman and storyteller in the Land of the Dead.

It is a ghoulish feast for the eyes backed by a lively soundtrack, a great sense of humour and a heart warming story that will please both young and old alike.

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originally posted: 12/12/05 15:46:08
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User Comments

11/06/12 Mayfield Love this movie. Great for adults and children. 5 stars
5/06/11 brian Burton/Depp/Elfman triumph again! 5 stars
4/28/09 Stephen Fantastic movie, verry macarbe for a young odiance, but can be enjoyed by all 5 stars
2/13/09 lola after this movie i am in love with emily. 5 stars
1/11/09 Anonymous. such a sweet story :] 4 stars
8/27/08 Shaun Wallner Well Made! 5 stars
5/15/08 PAUL SHORTT A QUIRKY ARTISTIC TRIUMPH 3 stars
1/04/08 Pamela White very cute in a dark way 4 stars
6/12/07 Dark Enchantress i loved it! 5 stars
5/12/07 ala burgeia i love it 5 stars
5/02/07 alkdjfh totally wicked awesome 5 stars
2/23/07 Clayton Excellent character development, emotional implications, accentuate soundtrack adds to mood 5 stars
2/03/07 Vip Ebriega Small fry will enjoy it better than adults. 3 stars
1/27/07 mets1986 Just as good as Nightmare.... 5 stars
1/03/07 Alex Thorne didnt like NBC, and found this quite dull. doesnt live up to the hype 2 stars
11/17/06 BoyInTheDesignerBubble Brilliant movie, but boring soundtrack. Elfman needs to write stronger songs. 5 stars
10/08/06 isis coooooooooool!!!!!! 5 stars
8/16/06 Gemma Northcott I really like this film and i would watch it over and over. 5 stars
8/01/06 C. Davis Good, but I need another watch to catch what is so special 4 stars
7/17/06 David Cohen See Burton, you can still make a good movie if you try 5 stars
6/29/06 MP Bartley Grisly, spooky fun with with and heart. 4 stars
6/21/06 Joanie how scary 1 stars
5/27/06 AD I love this movie! Great job Tim Burton! 5 stars
3/27/06 Brian Meyer Don't compare to "nightmare" This movie stands firmly alone. Music wasn't great. 4 stars
3/11/06 C Vega good fairy tale movie but no way near as good as "nightmare" 4 stars
3/03/06 lilian best ever 5 stars
3/02/06 Doremimi Nice visually, but I was bored to DEATH! 3 stars
2/20/06 Annie G If you want to "Nightmare.." again, I'd recommend rewatching it instead. 3 stars
2/20/06 Jim Not sure what all the fuss was about 3 stars
2/04/06 HL Why even reference it to TNBC..This is incredible regardless of comparison! 5 stars
1/09/06 Jack Farnsworth Haven't seen it 5 stars
1/08/06 Quigley this movie was a work of directoral and visual genius. way to go, tim burton! oscars? 5 stars
12/23/05 Michele strange but cute 3 stars
12/22/05 Brian Johnson 2nd place to Nightmare, but still fun 4 stars
12/10/05 chris wonderful 5 stars
12/04/05 Hernan loved the music and character design 4 stars
11/07/05 malcolm drab colors were kinda boring. we've seen this style before. just a longcartoon. 3 stars
11/01/05 Jacqueline Ward-Isaac Brilliant film! Tim Burton lives up to The Nightmare Before Christmas! It was very amusing! 5 stars
10/26/05 Deadwiz Not as good as TNBC, but it will do... 4 stars
10/24/05 Adam The visuals are great, but the plot is predictable; the ending was lacking..felt unfinished 3 stars
10/21/05 Tina Totally enjoyed it - beautiful to watch and fun. 5 stars
10/15/05 Quigley why isn't anyone stating the obvious? this film is a visual, geniusly done masterpiece 5 stars
10/09/05 LOLO Outstanding and truly lovely film. Maybe not as good as NBC but has its own charm! 5 stars
10/04/05 Sam Really great, probably one to see again and again. But never as good as NmBC! 5 stars
10/04/05 drfardook Visually... its very good. Plot is ok, but the characters motivations fall flat. 3 stars
10/03/05 Meryl Stupid, half-finished, musically deficient dreck. What happened, Tim? What happened? 2 stars
10/02/05 Bee We've wanted to see this film since the previews came out, months ago. Today, on a 'dark a 5 stars
10/02/05 watson387 Excellent! 5 stars
9/29/05 E. Northam Burton charmingly revisits eerie themes, bizarre vistas & transgressive characters. 3 stars
9/26/05 KingNeutron Nicely animated, but the 2 major plot decisions don't make sense. 3 stars
9/23/05 Titus Glad I saw it, but once was plenty. Kinda forced and dry. Not Burton's best. 3 stars
9/15/05 mike b just saw a screening; not as much music as the nightmare before xmas flick, but very good! 4 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  16-Sep-2005 (PG)
  DVD: 31-Jan-2006

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  17-Nov-2005




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