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Corpse Bride (2005)

Cast: Johnny Depp, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, more...
Director: Mike Johnson, Tim Burton, Tim Burton, more...
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Studio: Warner Home Video
Genre: Comedies, Foreign, Black Comedy, Animation, Stop-Motion
Running Time: 77 min.
Languages: English, Spanish, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Tim Burton returns to the dark but fanciful animated style of The Nightmare Before Christmas with this stop-motion black comedy. Victor (voice of Johnny Depp) lives in a small European village in the 19th century, where he is pledged to marry Victoria (voice of Emily Watson), a partnership arranged by their parents. The two only meet the day before their scheduled nuptials, and Victor performs disastrously in the wedding rehearsal. Later that evening, while he is walking through the woods and hopelessly practicing his vows, he puts Victoria's wedding band on what looks like a branch. Victor quickly discovers this was a big mistake; as it happens, he has put the ring on the skeletal finger of the enchanted Corpse Bride (voice of Helena Bonham Carter), who then whisks him off to a dark and mysterious netherworld where they are now married. Victor is frightened in the land of the dead, and even realizes that he has fallen in love with his true fiancée Victoria, so he searches for a way back to his own world. Directed by Tim Burton in collaboration with animator Mike Johnson, Corpse Bride features a stellar voice cast, including Albert Finney, Christopher Lee, Richard E. Grant, Joanna Lumley, and Danny Elfman (who also composed the film's musical score). ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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Love & Marriage (& Death) by talltale January 26, 2006 - 6:29 AM PST
4 out of 5 members found this review helpful
I was surprised to find Tim Burton's CORPSE BRIDE (co-directed with Mike Johnson) not nearly as humorous as I'd heard or expected. His newest movie (in stop-motion animation, similar to his "Nightmare Before Christmas") moves along rather slowly with so-so musical numbers and a plot that contains nary a revelation that you won't have figured out long in advance.

Still, I hung on and was surprised again--at an ending I found quite moving in the manner that it joins the living with the dead. (It also offers the single funniest visual joke in the film.) Has Burton perhaps seen the philosophical French zombie flick "They Came Back"? Just wondering. Full of sacrifice and redemption, his finale offers a closing image as lovely as it is unexpected.

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