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(2005)

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The puppets used neither of the industry standards of replaceable heads (like those used on The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)) or replaceable mouths (like those used by Aardman Studios in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)) but instead used precision crafted clockwork heads, adjusted by hidden keys. This allowed for unprecedented subtlety, but was apparently even more painstaking than the already notoriously arduous animation. One animator even reported having recurring nightmares of adjusting his own facial expression in this fashion.
The maggot's voice, mannerisms and facial appearance are an impersonation of Peter Lorre.
The puppets were 25-28 cm tall and some of the stages were so large that animators could actually fit through the set doors with minimal crouching.
The first original stop motion animated film Tim Burton has directed or produced since The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993).
When Victor plays the piano, he leans back and the nameplate says "Harryhausen", a reference to stop-motion animator Ray Harryhausen.
Multiple, identical puppets had to be created so that more scenes could be accomplished in a shorter period of time. In all, fourteen puppets of the Bride and Victor were created, and thirteen were created of Victoria.
Had a 55-week shoot, during which 109,440 individually animated frames had to be set up and filmed.
Danny Elfman originally wrote the part of BoneJangles looking for another musician to sing it, but after failing to find a voice that fit, Tim Burton asked Elfman if he would sing it himself. The result was so brutal on his vocal chords that Elfman was left hoarse whenever he had to voice the character.
Albert Finney was the leading choice to play Grandpa Joe in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), but when Tim Burton was attached he nixed the idea because the only big name he wanted in the movie was Johnny Depp, so Burton cast Finney in this movie to apologize. Burton reportedly also offered a role to Sam Neill, who turned it down.
This is the first feature to be made with commercial digital still photography cameras (31 Canon EOS-1Ds MARK II SLR cameras with Nikon Lenses) instead of film cameras.
There is a character named "Elder Gutknecht." Translated from German to English, his name means "Elder Good Servant."
The puppets were made from stainless steel armatures covered with silicone skin.
The first stop-motion feature to be edited using Apple's Final Cut Pro.
Mr. Bonejangles and his skeleton band are partly inspired by the cartoon The Skeleton Dance (1929) but are also heavily influenced by Cab Calloway and his band as they appeared in rotoscoped form in several Betty Boop cartoons. The piano player wears shades like Ray Charles, and his movements are based on Charles' mannerisms. The character BoneJangles is based on the famous dancer Bill Robinson who was called "Bojangles."
The film is dedicated to the memory of Joe Ranft.
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Small moving elements, such as candle flames, were photographed in MiniDV.
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Director Trademark 

Tim Burton:  [distorted female face]  Emily and other characters appear in varying stages of death and decay.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The climactic duel scene, which includes the drinking of poison wine by the antagonist, directly mirrors the climactic duel scene of William Shakespeare's 'Hamlet'.
When Bonejangles is telling Emily's story, his shadow appears on the wall as the shadow of Emily's groom. The shadow has Lord Barkis' profile.

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