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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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Tim Burton, Mike Johnson

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Tim Burton (characters), Carlos Grangel (characters) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 9 wins & 28 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Depp ... Victor Van Dort (voice)
Helena Bonham Carter ... Corpse Bride (voice)
Emily Watson ... Victoria Everglot (voice)
Tracey Ullman ... Nell Van Dort / Hildegarde (voice)
Paul Whitehouse ... William Van Dort / Mayhew / Paul The Head Waiter (voice)
Joanna Lumley ... Maudeline Everglot (voice)
Albert Finney ... Finis Everglot (voice)
Richard E. Grant ... Barkis Bittern (voice)
Christopher Lee ... Pastor Galswells (voice)
Michael Gough ... Elder Gutknecht (voice)
Jane Horrocks ... Black Widow Spider / Mrs. Plum (voice)
Enn Reitel ... Maggot / Town Crier (voice)
Deep Roy ... General Bonesapart (voice)
Danny Elfman ... Bonejangles (voice)
Stephen Ballantyne ... Emil (voice)
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Storyline

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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The love of his life. See more »


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

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Details

Official Sites:

Warner Bros [France]

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$385,078, 18 September 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$53,359,111

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$117,195,061
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Albert Finney was the leading choice to play Grandpa Joe in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), but when Tim Burton was attached to direct, 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. See more »

Goofs

During the Wedding Song, a baker's nose gets knocked off and mixed into the wedding cake batter. Towards the end of the song, while they're carrying the cake through the street, his nose is back with no signs of damage. In fact, right after nose is dropped into the batter, the woman baker takes the nose out of the batter with a spoon. See more »

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[first lines]
Town Crier: Hear ye, hear ye, ten minutes to go 'til Van Dort's wedding rehearsal.
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Emily is referred to on-screen by name, but is only credited as "Corpse Bride." See more »

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Chopin's Grave
6 January 2006 | by tedgSee all my reviews

I liked this a lot, and a large part of the reason is that it is pure a Burton film as we are likely to find.

And when I say Burton, I mean that oddly successful collaboration between him and Elfman colored by commercial realities.

The big picture is that there are very few filmmakers with the skills and courage to be unique, to make movies that only they could. This goes beyond style into the nature of the soul.

If you do not have an interesting soul, you cannot be an artist. If you do not have the courage and ability to reveal that soul in some way to us, you cannot either. So hurrahs for the few in the world of film that do.

In a way, this film is a notion expanded around Ub Iwerks' (yes, that's a real name) "Skeleton Dance" done for Disney and quoted in a couple more hip Betty Boop cartoons. In another way, it is a simple date movie: boy gets girl, boy loses girl by misunderstanding, boy gets girl back and the thing ends in a wedding.

And also in a way, it is a love poem to his girl friend. I'm fascinated by these things, where a talented director (usually a man) can shape the image of the woman he loves. Films DO influence how we think of love, but this is more genuine and powerful than any of them, this real love that shines through purely cinematic means. Just think about casting the woman you love as a corpse! She is as alluring here as she has even been.

But beyond that is something that is more lasting, the business between Depp and Burton. Johnny is a fine actor, but many fine actors don't get the opportunity to explore new and unknown corners of darkness. He has and is better off for it. And so are we, though whenever this happens we end up with a new character template that inevitably becomes a stereotype. Depp already mines that stereotype in his Pirate movies.

But what concerns us here is how Burton/Elfman deepens what he has with Depp. He introduces the character as a pianist, and does so with a piano piece. That piece is a skillful blend of Chopin and pop, but more on the Chopin side. For many, Chopin is the most nakedly emotional yet dark soul they will encounter. No humor, only intimacy and passion.

So two clever things were done with this. The first is that the Depp persona (though an animated avatar here) was made deeper by reference to our deepest pianist. The second is that a few musical scenes and effects are set up, all of which reference the scene in some way. There's a sweet musical duet with Helena where they do fall in love. There may be few things more lovely than making love via music played to each other -- with each other.

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.


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