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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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There's been a grave misunderstanding. 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  »

Filming Locations:


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?


Small moving elements, such as candle flames, were photographed in MiniDV. See more »


In the scene where Victor is in the woods saying his vows, he puts his ring on the "branch" aka the corpse bride's hand and he puts the ring on the pointer finger. But in the next shot when she says "You may kiss the bride." the ring has magically moved to her ring finger. 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 »


Referenced in The Simpsons: Sky Police (2015) See more »


According to Plan
Music by Danny Elfman
Lyrics by John August and Danny Elfman
Produced by Danny Elfman
Performed by Albert Finney, Joanna Lumley, Tracey Ullman, and Paul Whitehouse
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User Reviews

Magic Music by Elfmann
27 September 2005 | by (San Anselmo, California) – See all my reviews

Corpse Bride works for me on so many levels but outstanding is the integration of music and words. The musical that blended the words and music to such a level that one could hardly imagine the film without the composer's contribution. This should be advertised as Danny's production as was the practice of Rogers and Hammerstein, or Irving Berlin or Cole Porter. We have a new art form here: the animated opera. Music is alive and well in the world of the dead. The music in the titles presents themes which continue into the film. An important part of the love story is the interest of the main characters and their methods of expression of emotion via piano music. The characters exist in an aura of sound. Imagine a Russian epic without the Lara Theme or Rick's place without Sam's piano. This film has achieved an identity that says this is music and this is what the movies has to say. All awards to those involved!

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