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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

Writers:

Tim Burton (characters), Carlos Grangel (characters) | 3 more credits »
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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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Rising to the occasion 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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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:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In a 2005 interview with about.com, co-Director Tim Burton spoke about the differences between directing this movie and The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), saying: "The difference on that was that one I had designed completely. It was a very completed package in my mind. I felt like it was there. I felt more comfortable with it. With this, it was a bit more organic. It was based on an old folk tale. We kept kind of changing it but, you know, I had a great co-Director with Mike Johnson. I feel like we complemented each other quite well. It was just a different movie, a different process." He also spoke about casting Johnny Depp as Victor, saying: "It was weird because we were doing both at the same time. He was Willy Wonka by day and Victor by night so it might have been a little schizophrenic for him. But he's great. It's the first animated movie he's done and he's always into a challenge. We just treat it like fun and a creative process. Again, that's the joy of working with him. He's kind of up for anything. He just always adds something to it. The amazing thing is all the actors never worked together. They were never in a room together, so they were all doing their voices, except for Albert (Finney) and Joanna (Lumley) did a few scenes together, everybody else was separate. They were all kind of working in a vacuum, which was interesting. That's the thing that I felt ended up so beautifully, that their performances really meshed together. So he was very canny, as they all were, about trying to find the right tone and making it work, while not being in the same room with each other." See more »

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During the Skeleton Dance, a trombone is being played. But the sound is of at least two muted trumpets. See more »

Quotes

[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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Makes You Feel Better About Death
27 September 2005 | by classic_saraSee all my reviews

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride was one of the best animated movies I've ever seen. My mother and I are so happy that he made another beautiful and original animated film since The Nightmare Beofre Christmas because we waited for it for 10 years. I'm glad to say that the wait was worth it. The Corpse Bride is a wonderful emotional yet fun story with heart. We had a wonderful time watching it in the theaters and we can't wait to go see it again this weekend. The visuals are so amazing that you'd have to go see the movie with your own eyes for its impossible to explain there perfection. The characters all look stunning and there are so many wonderful new characters in this movie that will keep your eyes glued on the screen. The voices of Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Emily Watson are packed with fantastic emotion and acting. The score goes very well to the movie and the four songs that are performed sound wonderful. My favorites were "Remains of the Day" made me feel like dancing: it was such a jazzy fun song with the cool voice of Danny Elfmen. And my other favorite was "Tears To Shed" it broke my heart. Helena Bonham Carter sang that song with such heartbreak I loved it! The story is very entertaining and it has so much heart in it and Gothic like background. I loved the dialog some of my favorite lines were "Why Go Up There When People Are Dying To Get Down Here" and "Can A Heart Still Break Once It's Stopped Beating." But the most important thing is that this movie makes you feel less frightened about death. Death in this movie is a lot funner than living and the dead are always having a good time and partying that you feel like dying is not so bad. You should take anyone to see this movie if their paranoid about death it will soften their fears, Overall I strongly encourage anyone to go see this movie. I hope Tim Burten wins the Oscar for best animated movie this year. He truly deserves it! Thank you Mr. Burten for the Corpse Bride, Nightmare Before Christmas and years worth of your great films.


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