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Corpse Bride (2005)

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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.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Victor Van Dort (voice)
Corpse Bride (voice)
Finis Everglot (voice)
Barkis Bittern (voice)
Elder Gutknecht (voice)
Maggot / Town Crier (voice)
Bonejangles (voice)
Stephen Ballantyne ...
Emil (voice)


Set back in the late 1800s in a Victorian village, a man and woman by the names of Victor Van Dort and Victoria Everglot are betrothed because the Everglots need the money or else they'll be living on the streets and the Van Dorts want to be high in society. But when things go wrong at the wedding rehearsal, Victor goes into the woods to practice his vows. Just as soon as he gets them right, he finds himself married to Emily, the corpse bride. While Victoria waits on the other side, there's a rich newcomer that may take Victor's place. So two brides, one groom, who will Victor pick? Written by XxCherrySodaxX

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Can a heart still break once it's stopped beating? See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some scary images and action, and brief mild language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 September 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride  »

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Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$385,078 (USA) (16 September 2005)


$53,337,608 (USA) (16 December 2005)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The maggot's voice, mannerisms and facial appearance are an impersonation of Peter Lorre. See more »


In the beginning of the "according to plan" song, Nell Van Dort's fox pelt is unhooked, and in the next scene it is hooked in the front. See more »


[first lines]
Town Crier: Hear ye, hear ye, ten minutes to go 'til Van Dort's wedding rehearsal.
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Crazy Credits

During the introduction sequence, where the camera follows a butterfly around the town, it pauses and stands on the edge of the "Based on characters by" credit. See more »


References The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) See more »


Remains of the Day
Music and Lyrics by Danny Elfman
Additional Lyrics by John August
Produced by Danny Elfman
Performed by Danny Elfman, Jane Horrocks, Paul Baker, Alison Jiear, and Gary Martin
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User Reviews

Tim Burton Does It Again!
24 September 2005 | by (Las Vegas,NV) – See all my reviews

In Tim Burton's dazzling Corpse Bride, both Tim Burton fan freaks (I was raised on Edward Scissorhands and Beetlejuice) and new inductees alike will find something to like here. The exceptional stop-motion animation (which has seen an upgrade since 1993's classic Nightmare Before Christmas) joins with top-notch voice talent (Depp and Helena Bonham Carter stand out here) and typically good score/musical work from genius Danny Elfman to create a wonderful movie-going experience. Yes, this is a movie for anyone - in fact, I think teens and young adults will enjoy it more than younger kids with its dark at times bold humor and fast-paced banter (particulary in the clever songs). NO, it is not as good as Nightmare Before Xmas, but it may be that it would be hard for any film to match that picture. As usual, Tim Burton is always at the top of his game when he sticks to his favorite formula - exploring the darkness of the human soul with off-beat humor. Well-paced and a terrific ending wrap up this well-crafted package! 9/10 stars - it's awesome.

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