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Corpse Bride (2005)

PG  |   |  Animation, Fantasy, Musical  |  23 September 2005 (USA)
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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 hight 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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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)


$2,345,582 (Australia) (16 December 2005)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Had a 55-week shoot, during which 109,440 individually animated frames had to be set up and filmed. See more »


During the wedding rehearsal scene, Victoria's candle is not lit up until Lord Barkis sits down. When the camera shows Victor and Victoria's reactions, her candle is lit. 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 »


Tears to Shed
Music and Lyrics by Danny Elfman
Additional Lyrics by John August
Produced by Danny Elfman
Performed by Helena Bonham Carter, Jane Horrocks, and Enn Reitel
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User Reviews

Another beautiful Tim Burton movie
11 September 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

i just saw this movie at the Toronto film festival. Tim Burton, as with most of his movies, makes the setting and visuals the most important part. And what a beautiful movie it was, the animation was astounding. You could tell that each frame was tirelessly worked on in order to make each little piece have its own distinct look. The plot is unimportant, and cliché, but that doesn't matter. This movie shouldn't be watched for the storyline. The voice acting was very convincing, especially the lead, Johnny Depp, who does a great job as the shy, clumsy Victor. The only character i really didn't think was needed was the worm, who was just included just for some childish comedic relief, which took away from the dark mood of the picture. Though not as enjoyable as "Nightmare Before Christmas" it still was a very good animated movie. 8.5/10

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