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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.

Directors:

Tim Burton, Mike Johnson

Writers:

Tim Burton (characters), Carlos Grangel (characters) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 9 wins & 29 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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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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Trivia

Johnny Depp's first time voice acting in a theatrical film. Later he'd go onto voice the titular character of Rango (2011) and the titular character of Sherlock Gnomes (2018). See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 9 mins) When Victor and Barkis Bittern are dueling in the church, Victor scratches Barkis in the chest with a fork, leaving a scratch, but in the next shot, the scratch is gone. 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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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 »


Soundtracks

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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Good animation, but not one of Tim Burton's best
31 July 2015 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

I probably would have liked this movie more if I had not already seen - many times - "The Nightmare Before Christmas" which was a brilliant and original piece of work. This movie does share some of that movie's qualities - haunting soundtrack, bumbling authority figures, a tall thin protagonist who is searching for something, a heroine whose limbs easily detach, and a dear departed house pet. It also has some interesting ideas of its own - the living looking and acting as though they were already dead, versus the dead living it up, since they have no more worries and forever to look forward to with the prospect of all of their loved ones returning to them one by one. In fact, the only time the living seem happy in this film is when the dead return to the land of the living for a truly unique wedding and instead of menacing or haunting the living, there are tearful and happy reunions. However, the individual characters in this film are just not that interesting.

In short, even though all of the characters in "The Nightmare Before Christmas" are dead, they just seem more alive and motivated than the characters in this film. Also, this movie is darker than "Nightmare" and not as funny, so kids under 10 might find it too intense and probably not as interesting. Thus, although it is worthwhile viewing, I'm just afraid that Tim Burton set the bar too high with his previous animated film.


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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:

$388,166, 18 September 2005

Gross USA:

$53,359,111

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$118,090,836
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DTS-ES | Dolby Digital EX | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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