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I watched the film The Corpse Bride yesterday with my youngest daughter. This is a review of the whole dvd not just the film.
The story of the corpse bride is about a young man called Victor who is going to marry a young girl called Victoria but on their wedding day he bungles it and the pastor says he is to learn his lines and come back when he is ready so he goes off into the woods to practice and unfortunately finds himself married to Emily who is a corpse.
The story has everything an old fashioned fairy tale would have, the bad guys, the good guys and a boy and girl who fall in love. It is a very touching story and so well told any one of any age would love it. It is rated a PG and I thought at first it seemed a bit scary for little ones but just as I said that to my daughter it burst into a song with some silly looking skeletons dancing about which would have stopped any thought of being scared in a child.
I thought it was really clever how they swapped the roles round of the dead and the living by making the living dark and dismal and a bit scary when the dead were the complete opposites being lively, vibrant and friendly.
I also thought it was clever how they did all the puppetry, it was amazing to think that the whole film was just puppets and the scenery in the backgrounds had all been made to scale.
The voices were brilliant as well, I knew Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter were doing the two main characters but it was still hard to imagine it was actually them doing it and I couldn't recognise any other voices until after when we watched the bonus features and it showed who was doing who.
The bonus features were very generous and they were just as good as the film as I love watching how they make films and this one was a dream to watch how they made it. You start off with Inside the Two Worlds which is an interview with the director the fabulous Tim Burton, and other members of the crew where they tell you about how he wanted the film to show the dark side of life and the lighter side of death.
The second thing is Danny Elfman (again fabulous) Interprets the Two Worlds where it is an interview with Danny telling you about how he thought up the music and words to songs to use as the sound track for the film. You even find out he sang one of the songs himself which was really funny.
The third item to watch is The Animators: The Breathe of Life where they talk to the animators about how they did the animating, this was absolutely fascinating to watch.
Next is Tim Burton: Dark vs Light, is where the actors and crew are talking about the way Tim Burton worked on the film.
Voices From The Underworld is next where they introduce the voices who are each puppet and talk about them.
Then it is Making Puppets Tick where they talk more about the puppets and they way they made them. This was also fascinating to watch seeing the tiny mechanical items they had to make and how they made the faces move for their expressions by putting a small screw driver into the puppet's ear and turning it.
The next item is The Voices Behind the Voice which is showing you the actors as they are recording the voices and showing the film at the same time to you can see them and what is going on together. Its good how you can see them sort of acting out the part while they are talking to the microphone so they get the right emotions across.
The next feature is The Corpse Bride Preprodution Galleries which I thought was just going to be photos but was showing you a character from drawings to how they made it into the finished product.
Next you get the Music Only Track which is the full film showing but with all the speech taken out and just showing you how the music fits in all the way through.
Then finally they have the Theatrical Trailer which came out to promote the film.
The film itself only lasts for 74 minutes which really is just the right amount of time if you have kids watching it, but if you buy the dvd you get SO much more to watch, the whole thing together is absolutely brilliant and a dream to watch. I would highly recommend this dvd if you, like me, are either a lover of Tim Burton films, a lover of Johnny Depp movies (also like me) or just like small things like puppets and model making (again like me), you will definitely not be disappointed.
I had seen advertisements for this film and I have to admit the trailers did not impress me at all. I don't like to watch too many animated films anyway, and I wasn't really sure what sort of audience this film was aimed at. However, I don't mind watching a film if I don't have to pay, so when it came onto television one lunchtime it seemed worth a try.
Johnny Depp is the terrible nervous wreck, struggling to remember his vows at his wedding rehearsal and with so much clumsiness he is ordered to properly learn his vows or else he cannot marry his bride, Victoria. Wondering through the dark, he finally manages to read off the vows perfectly, theatrically placing the ring on what he thinks is a twig. Then all of a sudden he finds it is not a twig, and a bride from the underworld emerges, pulling him down into that world, convinced that the two of them are now married. Desperate to get back to his real bride but not hurt the feelings of this dead bride he attempts to trick her. In the meantime, Victoria is imprisoned by her crazy parents and with the prospect that the groom has abandoned her from someone else, it looks like they may have another man in mind for Victoria. Will the groom get back in time to marry Victoria, or will he lose himself in the underworld with his new 'corpse bride'?
I may be a bit simple, but I had not worked out what the story would be from my brief viewings of the trailer. In fact whatever I was thinking would have been wrong. The story is fairly simple but there's enough there to keep you interested once you get into the film. Obviously this is not your average romantic fairy tale film, but it does have a heart-warming side to it and it is not long before you are very much on Victor's (Johnny Depp) side hoping he will somehow end up happily married to the right person. With some amusement from the bizarre underworld and difficult interfering parents, there's enough in this film to keep our attention, and possibly even the kids' attention too!
Johnny Depp is instantly recognisable as Victor, and even my mother knew who he was having only seen a couple of his films. This is great for a big Johnny Depp fan like me (and no I wasn't referring to my waistline), but it could be a little frustrating if you find that the actor's personalised influence makes it harder for you to imagine the character in the way you'd like. He's not Victor, he's Johnny.
Helena Bonham Carter plays the voice of the corpse bride with a little less passion than I would have expected from her. Still it was an interesting performance. Also not particularly outstanding was Emily Watson as Victor's bride-to-be Victoria, but I expected this more for her role as I don't think we are meant to be too sympathetic or unsympathetic towards her.
I'm afraid the songs are absolutely dreadful and to an extent brought down the overall quality of the film. I don't mean to over-exaggerate the effect of poor music, but music I always find has the potential to enhance and weaken a film particularly by its effect on the mood.
The characters and scenes are distinctively designed and as with the vocals, you do get a good impression of who is played by whom just from the way the faces are drawn. This is not the only film of its kind but it is somewhat unusual. It has that dark, slightly creepy style with Tim Burton's signature.
I was a little surprised to begin with. I can't really say that as a child I would not have been at all spooked by this film because I'm not even sure if I would have been spooked myself. The film was rated as a PG and given that there are some scenes that might seem a little scary to some children, it's fair to let parents and guardians have some warning for deciding whether they want their children to see this film. Other than this is seems like a reasonably suitable film for the family.
A mildly amusing, and interesting story and actually does keep you guessing. However I would not really recommend spending your money to see this on DVD, so it is probably better to wait for the next time it is on television. Since it has already come on television once, I'm sure it will be on again.
Tim Burton is the man to have direct your film if its to be a very dark, mysterious and a lot of good fun.
The Corpse bride focus's on Victor based in the 19th century, who is due to be wed to his love Victoria. But during rehearsals Victor is so nervous he cant quite say his vows. So strolls of into the woods by himself to practice. Unbeknown to him he completes his vows perfectly and places the wedding ring on an outstretched branch. Except this is not just any old branch, it turns out to be the corpse bride, who is now technically married to victor. From here we see Victor descend into the underworld where he meets many dead and some unpleasant things.
The story evolves into showing how our poor poor corpse bride ended up the way she did as well Victors fight to help her avenge her own death and marry his true love.
This film is animated and as with all Tim Burton films it is of the highest quality. Although this is not stop start animation like The Nightmare Before Christmas, its looks very similar. But is in fact all done by CGI.
The whole storyline is heart warming and you do find yourself laughing at some points throughout, just because of how well the film is directed.
Victor is voiced by Johnny Depp, who does a grand job, and the corpse bride herself is voiced by Helena Bonham Carter, who again does a wonderful job in her role.
Overall another brilliant film by Tim Burton, the master of dark, weird and wonderful. No faults here what so ever, a great film, with a great cast and runs for the usual 1 hr 30 give or take. And its definitely worth your time.
So if you like Tim Burton, or animation, and the dark creepy ways that you see from his work then this film will definitely be for you.
This film is one of my favourites by Tim Burton. It stars Johnny Depp as Victor, son of a fishmonger, who's about to get married to a recently broke aristocrat's daughter, Victoria. Although initially reluctant, the two hit it off pretty well. At the rehearsal things don't go well with Victor stumbling his vows and setting Victoria's mother's dress on fire. He is sent away until he can properly recite his vows and Victor spends time in the forest, trying to get them right. He eventually does and puts the ring on a tree branch shaped like a hand. However, it turns out it is a real, skeletal hand belonging to a woman called Emily, who rises from the ground and accepts Victor's "proposal".
She takes him to the ghost world, thinking Victor her true love and new fiance, where she explains how she was robbed and murdered when she eloped with a stranger, and has been waiting for her true love ever since. Victor manages to trick Emily into taking him back to the living world by telling her she'll meet his parents, and escapes to see Victoria. However the corpse bride finds him and takes him back to the world of the dead, where Victor tells her the truth, and says he doesn't love her. Emily, angered, thinks this is only because Victoria is alive. But with Victor gone, Victoria is to be engaged to a wealthy drifter, who we learn only wants to kill her and take her fortune. Victor finds out, and with the help of the Bride, try to save Victoria before she is married.
Ok, I had to condense the ending a bit because it was all getting a bit long and because I didn't want to give anything away.
This is definitely Tim Burton at his best, and I think I can compare this with his films like Edward Scissorhands and The Nightmare Before Christmas in its originality and quality. After a couple of somewhat lackluster films like the Planet of the Apes it's nice to see him get back to what made him big in the first place. Like you would expect, this film highly evokes his previous stop motion films Nightmare and the short Vincent, in its atmosphere and stylization, with Tim Burton's trademarks all over the film. Victor is his usual nervous, tall and gangly boy with a mess of black hair and the other characters have the usual small and round or ludicrously tall looks which Burton popularized himself with.
There are a fair few songs in this, composed by Danny Elfman (of course) and they're all pretty good, with Elfman singing in one himself as Janglebones, the skeleton who tells Victor about the Bride.
As for the look of the whole film, there's been much mention about the differences between the living and the dead world and that's probably the most noticable of them. Burton made the note of making the living world look boring, washed out and incredibly dead, so to speak while giving the world of the dead much more life and colour and atmosphere. It's kind of similar in tone and colour to that underworld we see in Beetlejuice. The architecture is an exaggerated form of Victorian-era stuff which all fits in to the theme (and obviously, time...) of the film.
The voice acting is good, although I can't help but wonder why Johnny Depp was cast in the lead. Sure he has this whole thing with Tim Burton but he didn't have a greatly noticeable voice in this that all. I reckon it could have been anyone who played in that and it probably wouldn't have made a difference. Helena Bonham Carter was great in it, though, and I particularly liked Christopher Lee as the priest.
All in all, it's a great film about love and stuff, with not a single nod towards necrophilia or anything like that which was surprising considering the theme, but it's nice that they didn't make a thing about it. Sure the corpse bride was dead, and that was noted, but the plot didn't revolve around that. It worked really well while I can't help thinking that in the hands of anyone else it could have been a total disaster.
Corpse Bride is a Tim Burton animated film in his distinctive style where the slow motion animation is rather unique and as you would expect the plot is far from predictable and has some nice plot twists and deviations from the norm.
The film is set in a 19th Centuary European Village where Victor, voiced by Johnny Depp is due to marry Victoria voiced by Emily Watson however he is whisked away to the underworld where he has to marry the Corpse Bride in the form of Emily whose voice is provided by Helena Bonham Carter. Victor is then faced with a tough dilemma as life in the Underworld is not quite as horrific as he expected, in fact it is a lot of fun however he is torn between his responsibilities to both women.
Despite the typically macabre setting and imges in the film this is actually a rather sweet and touching story. All of the actors use their voices well to convey the emotions of the characters especially Carter who is super as The Corpse Bride while Johnny Depp, a man who can do no wrong in my book, is equally as lively as Victor.
The slow motion style dark animation is not to everyones tastes but I actually like it as it is something different to the standard fare from Pixar and Disney.
This film tells a lovely story and it is probably one of my top five favourite animations, you can get it for under a fiver from Amazon which is a bargain.
Victor Van Dort: Voiced by Johnny Depp
Corpse Bride: Voiced by Helena Bonham Carter
Victoria Everglot: Voiced by Emily Watson
Barkis Bittern: Voiced by Richard E. Grant
The story of 'Corpse Bride' begins on Victor and Victoria's wedding rehearsal day; an arranged marriage which Victoria's parents believe will stop them from becoming poor. However, on the actual day, Victor begins to get nervous and messes his lines up. After trying continuously for a while, the families excuse him and he takes a walk through the forest to clear his head.
After walking for a while and practising his lines, Victor comes across a graveyard and practises putting the wedding ring on a branch which is sticking out of the ground. As soon as the ring is on, the Corpse Bride rises from the ground and says 'I do', therefore binding him to her in marriage.
The Corpse Bride takes Victor down to the 'Underworld' where he meets all of her friends; skeletons, walking heads and maggots. All of the characters tell Victor the story of the Corpse Bride, and of her downfall. Victor tries to escape the clutches of her, but she is attached to him! There is one problem with Victor and the Corpse Bride's marriage though; "Til death do us part"... Corpse Bride is already dead! Will Victor get back to his arranged wedding, or will he choose Corpse Bride?
The voice acting is brilliant; Johnny Depp has played numerous voices in the past and I for one think that he is a fabulous actor anyway. Helena Bonham Carter works well with Johnny Depp, their voices seem to suit and compliment each other. The supporting actors are also really good at what they do; none of them seem out of place or even annoying.
The characters have been created perfectly; their attitudes shine through and you instantly feel like/dislike for them. Victor as a character seems quite shy and nervous, and you feel sorry for the way he gets trapped. The Corpse Bride is definitely the star of the film, not only because of the title, but because she was the most intriguing character there. She reacts well to the other characters, and the way she has been developed visually is stunning. She looks dead but also quite friendly; making this film suitable for children of all ages. For me, Victoria was a character which I felt a slight dislike for, and I found myself wanting Victor to choose Corpse Bride over her. This is because of the way her parents portray her and the way the marriage was forced; obviously something which has been put there purposely.
The scenery is beautiful, even the 'Underworld'. Although most of it is quite dark, there are hints of colour which brighten up the film as a whole and make it more attractive to younger children. Above ground, the colours are mostly black and white, which reflect the feelings of the characters; for example, when Victor and Victoria meet, the town is quite bland and dull. However, this adds to the effect as you can tell the overall atmosphere of the characters and town without having to look further.
The animation overall has an astounding quality to it; it is fluid and it flows from one scene to the next. All of the characters' reactions and expressions are created perfectly, the smallest detail being taken into account. Everything seems so realistic in the film and it really shows how much time and effort has been involved in making this film.
Overall, I feel as though this film could be up there with the likes of 'Nightmare Before Christmas'; one of Burton's classic films. I would fully recommend this film to anyone who hasn't seen it. And if you have seen it before, I think you should watch it again!
What's it about?
The story tells of a young man about to rehearse the marriage to his one true love; but leaves her at the altar. Running away to rehearse the lines which he couldn't say before, he puts the wedding ring onto what he thought was a branch in the shape of a hand. However, this is when Corpse Bride rises from the underworld, and chases him to the end of a bridge. This bride now takes Victor to the underworld, and tells him that he must marry her. Whilst Victor tries to get back to his Victoria, the characters try to bring him back to the Corpse Bride and keep him in their world forever! Due to Victor's disappearance from the real world, Victoria's parents assume that he's ran away with another woman. The parents then try to marry Victoria to a new "supposedly" wealthy Lord. Will Victor manage to get back to his true love? Or will the Corpse Bride keep him below forever?
The Corpse Bride has a very gripping storyline, which holds the viewer in suspense until the very end. The animation is fluid, and all of the characters fit together. Johnny Depp is great as Victor, and the Corpse Bride is portrayed excellently by Helena Bonham-Carter. There are plenty of memorables lines, one of which being "Why do you want to get up there, when people are just DYING to get down here?!" All in all, the tale is very funny, and great for all ages. If you love Nightmare Before Christmas, you'll love this film too, but even people who haven't seen NBC before will find this story amazing.
The Corpse Bride is a film directed by Tim Burton in his typical Gothic style. It is set in Victorian Britain and tells the story of a young man called Victor who's marriage has been arranged to a girl called Victoria. The two have never met and the marriage is one of convenience, as Victoria's parents have lost a lot of money and believe that Victoria marrying Victor will save them from the poor house.
The film starts on the day of the wedding rehearsal, where Victor and Victoria first meet. After an initial awkwardness they are pleasantly surprised that they like each other and head off to the rehearsal. Nerves seem to get the better of young Victor and he continually messes up his vows much to the frustration of all those around him. They give up and Victor heads off on a walk to clear his head. He ends up in a graveyard and practices his vows, getting them perfectly right. He places the ring on what appears to be a twig but actually turns out to be a Corpse Bride and to his horror he's actually married her!
She takes him 'Underground' to where the dead 'live' and is introduced to the others that are down there. There are some hilarious characters including the head waiter (literally a head that walks!), the all-singing all-dancing skeletons and the maggot that lives inside the Corpse Bride. The skeletons tell the tale of the Corpse bride, how she was a beautiful girl called Emily, who'd fallen in love with a rich man. As they were about to elope to get married he kills her for her jewels. It is at that point that the Corpse Bride vows that she will marry her true love. There is only one problem, The marriage isn't valid as Victor is alive and Emily dead. Believing he has messed up his chances with Victoria will he make the ultimate sacrifice of will Victoria fight for her true love? I'll leave that to you to watch and find out!
I've really enjoyed Tim Burton's previous animations, such as the Nightmare before Christmas and so was looking forward to this one when it premiered on TV on Christmas Eve. I wasn't disappointed. The story is imaginative and gripping. There are many jokes and punch lines scattered throughout the film, which will work at different levels for both adults and children. The animation is in Burton's typical gothic style and is largely in black and white, except for some sequences set under the graveyard. I think this mirrors the bleak and unhappy situation above ground against the more upbeat promising situation below ground. I loved this style and thought it worked really well with the nature of the story. Much of the story was in verse, which added to the charm. My favourite sequence was when the skeletons tell the story of the corpse bride, performing it as a kind of jazz number with a funky song and dance routine. I thought it brought a modern twist to the tale.
I thought each of the characters was developed really well. You really feel sorry for Victor, who comes across as being quite innocent and someone who is torn between pleasing his parents by doing what is expected of him or following his heart and finding his true love. Victoria, initially comes across in the same way but as the film develops you can see that she is quite a feisty character, who will fight for what she believes is right. I had mixed feelings about Emily the Corpse Bride. Initially, I felt animosity towards her as she didn't take Victor's feelings and situation into consideration, but as the film develops her character develops and she realises that she will have to make some sacrifices for the sake of her true love.
The characters are voiced by many of the usual actors Tim Burton works with, including Johnny Depp who voices Victor, Helena Bonham Carter who voices the Corpse Bride and Christopher Lee who voices the pastor. I think the film will appeal to adults and teens more than young children. In fact I think it may be a bit dark and scary for the very young. The film is rated a PG and lasts 76 minutes. Overall a beautiful film and one I highly recommend.
If you have seen Tim burton's 'A nightmare before Christmas' then you'll have an idea of what to expect from this film, 'Corpse Bride'.
It's another stop motion animation - come musical, with dark undertones and fabulous character and set designs.
In this film the main character is Victor Van Dort (Johnny Depp), a young, quiet man who lacks confidence and as such struggles to find the woman of is dreams. His parents decide to help him out, and push young victor into marrying the lovely victoria, who happens to come from a far wealthier family - much to Victors parents delight!
After struggling to learn his wedding vows, Victor heads to the woods for some quiet contemplation, where he inadvertantly ends up marrying the Corpse Bride!
Victor is the then dragged to the underworld to spend the rest of his married after life with the half rotten, maggot infested corpse (voiced by Helena Bonham Carter). The underworld however happens to be a much more lively and colourful world than the dreary town from whence he came! So what will Victor choose? The lively underworld or the grey and dull real life he left behind?
Just like 'A nightmare before Christmas' this is a lovingly crafted film, and the attention detail in the design is outstanding, Burton has a real talent for creating gothic looking towns and buildings that ooze with character and enrichen the viewing experience.
Danny Elfman returns to write the songs and musical score, and though as not as catchy as the songs from 'Nightmare', they are still enjoyable enough and don't hinder the film.
All in all, Corpse Bride is a very enjoyable film for all ages and it makes a refreshing addition to your DVD collection - you'll want to watch it over and over again, especially come Halloween.
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The premise revolves around a family called the Everglots, who are incredibly affluent, but have recently become bankrupt, and so have their daughter Victoria get married begrudgingly to the son of a fisherman, Victor Van Dort. However, he is banished until he can get the wedding vows right, and so heads into the woods to practise, which he does perfectly, but accidentally places the ring on the finger of Emily, the Corpse Bride, thinking her finger was a twig. She accepts, and takes him off to the Land of the Dead, where he is utterly bemused, of course, at what is going on. Emily had been murdered on her wedding day, and has been waiting for her true love ever since, and to thank Victor, brings his dad dog back to life. However, Victor makes desperate attempts to get back to the land of the living and find his wife to be, Victoria, but Emily isn't going to leave so easily, placing Victor in quite the bind.
While the film's thematics are a bit hokey at times, I was most impressed with how Burton has grown emotively as a filmmaker: this is an affecting plot that blends dark tones with a heartfelt storyline about a woman who has been jilted in the ultimate way and is lonely. Bonham Carter brings her to life while Depp is good fun as the hapless Victor.
An entertaining film, but one of Burton's minor efforts, which isn't all that inflammatory given how impressive the majority of his corpus is. It lacks the thematically engaging force of the likes of Nightmare Before Christmas, and is decidedly more forgettable than all of Burton's other films, but it is visually sumptuous and that counts for a lot.
I actually bought this thinking it was based on the characters who were in the Nightmare before christmas which was a childhood favourite of mine. To my suprise it wasn't but I still enjoyed it.
Just like the Nightmare before christmas, Corspe Bride is directed by Tim Burton and is dark and gothic. All the characters are new and there are lots of new songs, some sad, some more cheerful.
Corpse Bride is a gothic romance that focuses on a guy (Victor), voiced by Johnny Deep who is arranged to marry a local girl from town (Emily), voiced by Helena Bonham Carter. As he practices his wedding vows in the woods he places a ring on what he believes to be a twig, only it turns out to be the finger of the corspe bride. He now has to marry her.
Victor ends up being thrown between two different worlds but the only thing he wants to to get back to Emily so he can marry her and nothing will stop him.
I particulary liked the contrast between the living and the dead. The living seem more uptight and hurried whereas the dead have fun and are laid back.
I remember going to see this at the pictures...and having spent a good few months waiting for it to come out so I would have something new to dribble over!
Tim Burton is one of my primary influences and has been since I was about sixteen and people seemed to think that you couldn't create something dark without being chronically depressed. Something dark, a little macabre but over all endearing is usually what you will get with a Tim Burton film and Corpse Bride is no exception.
Set somewhere in Victorian Europe, the jittering Victor Van Dort finds himself betrothed to the daughter of the secretly destitute Everglots in a bid to save themsleves from the poor house.
Running into the woods after an embarrasing weddingrehersal, Victor unwhitingly finds himself practicing his vows a little too loudly, and wondering into the rather more colourful land of the dead.
A beautifully told fairy tale, Corspe Bride is a simple yet wonderful story, brought to life by a wonderful international cast of characters, lead by Burton's favourite leading man, Johnny Depp, as Victor.
There are so many aspects of this film that are beautiful; the voice acting is flawless, with humour and emotion in all the right places, the puppets and sets are amazing works of art, perfect down to the last detail, and Danny Elfman's songs and score compliment this bizzare tale perfectly.
This is probably one of the most impressive stop motion features you will come across; watch it if only to see the skeletons, a must for any fan of Jason and the Argonaughts!
Overall I found this film inspiring. I would not recommend it for particulairly sensitive kids, (but anyone who says this is a scary film is just being silly. The Witches was a kids film and don't tell me that didn't scare you just a little!) although it does look at a lighter side of death, and a happy and meaningful ending that nobody can dissagree with.
While practicing to propose his lover, a guy accidentally propose a death woman whose soul wasn't rest in peace because of an event. Out of the responsibility, this guy should marry the corpse and leave the love of his life who had to marry a wicked rich guy who was actually has something to do with the corpse bride.
The dark animation movie directed by Tim Burton, Corpse Bride was actually a great movie. The storyline was trademarked by Tim Burton's fantasy and dark comedy about deaths.
I always love Tim Burton's movies and this one was superb animation movie. But I wasn't really sure whether this movie was targeted to the minor audiences or not since the corpse and the death should not be consumed by kid. I suppose it should be parental guided for kids under certain age.
Overall, this is one of the best movie Tim Burton's have ever made. I really recommend this movie for all Tim Burton's movie lover and those who likes dark movie or those who loves animation movies.
Another excellent film by Tim Burton more than making up for his Planet Of The Apes fiasco! It's the story of a young man who is nervous before his wedding and goes off to practice his vows in a dark creepy forest only to end up making a dead women think he just married her.
There are so many signature Burton moments, Victoria's striped dress which looked like it was made from the same cloth as Beetlejuice's suit. The standard Danny Elfman musical set pieces. Johnny Depp is himself and his puppet looks like a cross between him and Tim Burton himself. Burton has obviously only ever seen Joanna Lumley in Ab Fab or James & The Giant Peach as this is how her puppet looks. Nothing like the stunning beauty Joanna actually is.
The plot is sadly paper thin in lots of places. The whole "Til death us do part" thing. Victor only needs to say "I was practicing my vows & there was no priest there so we're not married" as a simple explanation and he's out of trouble. The old skeletons loft looks a lot like The Scientists house in Edward Scissorhands, and I think the reference to Vincent is more likely to be to Vincent Price in Edward Scissorhands.
I love the look of the film and will no doubt watch it again to spot things I previously missed. The whole Alfred Hitchcock homage to The Birds (or it's possibly a homage to The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe). A few of the musical numbers went on too long, some of them felt too tacked on as after thoughts, but the movie was lovely to watch. It is a little too long, I'd have chopped about 15 mins from the running time, it's not for kids as they'd start to fidget very quickly as the film takes it's time getting to certain places. All in all, Tim Burton has redeemed himself.
Of all the cinema collaborations, Depp and Burton has to be the best. When these two people work together something unreal happens, and something fantastic is made. Corpse Bride is another that can be added to the long list.
Breaking the boundaries, Tim Burton has used the now dying breed of animation: stop motion. Using stop motion, Tim Burton has achieved a unique and beautiful film and has created yet another visual masterpiece.
Like many of his films, Burton has used highly detailed sets and very true characters to highlight key elements of the plot. The cinematography is very similar to his later film, Sweeney Todd (which is live action).
The plot is very interesting and touching. It has elements of comedy, romance, drama, adventure and horror. An odd combination, but one that Burton has made beautifully.
The cast was quite something, a generous mixture of all ages and backgrounds coming together to create something that appears seamless. Depp and Bonham-Carter give a fantastic performance as does the supporting cast. One surprise was the comedy generated from Christopher Lee as the elderly vicar. A short role, but very well done.
Tim Burton's Corpse Bride is a stop-motion necrophiliac's delight that's fun for the whole family. Young Victor Van Dort, voiced by Johnny Depp, is betrothed to wed the lovely Victoria but the wedding rehearsal goes sour and, in a strange series of events, Victor suddenly finds himself accidentally married to the Corpse Bride, voiced by Helena Bonham Carter. Victor is then faced with quite a dilemma: Should he return above-ground to Victoria, or remain devoted to his corpse bride?