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4.0 out of 5 stars Ghoulfriend
Tim Burton has become reknowned for his movies about the weird and the macabre. Sometimes weird, FUNNY and macabre.

And "Corpse Bride" has all three qualities, mixing in the bizarre and wacky with a bittersweet love story. It also has the sort of goofy ickiness that really expert haunted houses have -- you're enjoying the ghouls and skeletons too much to care...
Published on Aug. 3 2007 by E. A Solinas

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Much Pulse in this Corpse
This movie is a fun little piece, full of dark humour and ghastly imagery we've come to expect from Tim Burton. There are some great gems in this film, namely character and set design, artistic development - mainly the visuals. The soundtrack is great, with the exception of a few songs. While it is beautifully designed and animated, with the new character designs...
Published on Feb. 20 2006 by M. Smith


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4.0 out of 5 stars Ghoulfriend, Aug. 3 2007
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E. A Solinas "ea_solinas" (MD USA) - See all my reviews
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Tim Burton has become reknowned for his movies about the weird and the macabre. Sometimes weird, FUNNY and macabre.

And "Corpse Bride" has all three qualities, mixing in the bizarre and wacky with a bittersweet love story. It also has the sort of goofy ickiness that really expert haunted houses have -- you're enjoying the ghouls and skeletons too much to care who it's aimed at. This is an "underground" film in the best sense of the word.

Victor (Johnny Depp) is at the rehearsal for his arranged wedding, when he forgets his vows. Not a good omen. He runs out and rehearses it by himself, and ends up slipping the ring on the finger of a dead girl, Emily (Helena Bonham Carter). But Emily, who died tragically, falls in love with Victor and considers herself married to him.

Now Victor is trapped in the underworld, which is a surprisingly cheery, upbeat place when you consider everyone is dead. He tries to find his way back to the world of the living, but soon finds himself more drawn to the tragic Emily. Now he must make the ultimate choice: Will he return (for as long as he lives) to his arranged bride, or stay in the underworld with the Corpse Bride?

You'd think a movie about dead people would be depressing. At the very least, dark. But surprisingly "Corpse Bride" is neither -- instead, Burton has crafted a sweet, enchanting little love story where one of the people happens to be dead, and which is set in the underworld. There's nothing frightening about it. If anything, it's enchanting.

Is the plot original? Heck no -- boil it down, and you have a boy-meets-girl-while-engaged-to-another-girl story. But it's the delivery that's charming, from the funny dialogue ("Play dead!") to the colorful inhabitants of the underworld (like the pirate, or the intimidating minister). The macabre humour and song-and-dance numbers add to the charm of this world, where the dead are more alive than the living.

And the voice actors seal the deal; what could have been merely funny becomes touching, in their hands.Johnny Depp brings the timid, tremulous Victor to life, and makes his dilemma believable, while Carter makes us look past protruding bones and bluish skin, to the sweet romantic Emily was. The only problem is that moronic maggot -- it's an annoying distraction.

It's not quite on the level of cult classic "The Nightmare Before Christmas," but "Corpse Bride" is still a hilarious, bittersweet little story with a macabre twist. Delightful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure magic., June 21 2006
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Ms. H. Sinton "dragondrums" (Ingleby Barwick. U.K.) - See all my reviews
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Any fan of Tim Burton's 'Nightmare Before Christmas' will love this film. It's a darkly gothic, yet beautiful love story about a young man, Victor who accidentally marries a corpse while practicing his wedding vows. His 'bride' Emily had been spurned by her lover in life, and is desperate to find love with her new groom, whilst the hapless Victor wants only to return to the land of the living and his beautiful fiancée, Victoria. Meanwhile the sinister Lord Barkis Bittern is determined to step into Victor's shoes and marry Victoria himself.

Filmed in stop/motion (like Nightmare) the film has a surreal but captivating air. The living world is colourless and dark whilst the land of the dead is a vibrant, lively place, full of music and colour...a nice twist on the usual view.

Tim Burton has once again teamed with Johnny Depp (the voice of Victor) and his real life partner Helena Bonham Carter (the corpse bride). He also uses the voices of other well-known talents such as Joanna Lumley, Richard E. Grant, Tracey Ullman, Christopher Lee and Jane Horrocks to name but a few. Danny Elfman composed the music for the movie and with his usual flair has matched the mood of the film perfectly.

The DVD has been well produced and there are several featurettes including a music only track, interviews with Tim Burton and Danny Elfman, production galleries, and a look at the actors performing their voice-overs. This is a quality film on a quality disc and well worth adding to your collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome movie, Oct. 16 2013
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One of my stepdaughter's favorite movies. She loves Tim Burton and we own quite a few of his movies. Lots of humorous scenes. Younger children might find parts of the movie scary my younger daughter (5 at the time) begged to watch it with her older sister and we allowed her and she loved the movie as well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars one of Burton's best, Feb. 19 2013
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Great movie - very enjoyable with highest quality animations. A perfect companion to the Nightmare Before Christmas.
Blue Ray or regular DVD...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Like Victor Von Dort, you will have to love the Corpse Bride, June 16 2006
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Lawrance M. Bernabo (The Zenith City, Duluth, Minnesota) - See all my reviews
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"Hey, give me a listen

Your corpses of cheer

At least those of you

Who still got an ear

I'll tell you a story

Make a skeleton cry

Of our own jubiliciously

Lovely Corpse Bride"

"Tim Burtons' Corpse Bride" is a film that may well suffer from heightened expectations, given the place that "Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas" has in popular culture and the long period we had to wait for a second hauntingly animated film done with similarly distinctive characters. But this 2005 film, which has just been nominated for the Best Animated Feature Academy Award in time for its DVD release, has its own charm and will win its own cadre of devotees that will want a figure of the lovely Corpse Bride on their nightstand. After all, there is something poignant in the question: can a heart still break once it has stopped beating?

Directed by both Burton and Mike Johnson (who animated "James and the Giant Peach"), this is the story of the unlikely love triangle in which Victor Van Dort (voiced by Johnny Depp) finds himself involved. A marriage has been arranged between Victor and Victoria Everglot (Emily Watson). His parents, who sell fish, want the prestige of being associated with the Everglots, while her parents, who are secretly broke, want the neuvo riche money of the Van Dorts. The prospect of marrying a woman he has just met is rather daunting to Victor and after botching the rehearsal he goes off into the woods to practice his vows, which is how he comes to accidentally marry the Corpse Bride (Helena Bonham Carter). She brings Victor home to meet her friends and he ends up taking her to the land of the living to meet his parents. He tries to explain that he never wanted to marry a corpse (who does?), but his character is such that he does not want to hurt her with the truth and he is touched by her wedding gift and the fact she had a real name (Emily) and a tragic story (apparently murdered by her fiancée for the family jewels).

There are additional complications in that Victor still has feeling for Victoria, whose parents quickly find another groom, Lord Barkis Bittern (Richard E. Grant), as news spreads that Victor has eloped with a charming corpse. If Victoria is going to get married, then perhaps Victor should make sure he and Emily get a proper wedding as well ("Dearly beloved and departed," intones the skeleton presiding over the ceremony). Meanwhile, Burton and Johnson are filling the frame with macabre character details in the tradition of wall-to-wall visual delights within the frame that is the hallmark of contemporary animation, whether it is computer generated, stop motion, or the truly old school method of painting images on cels.

If "The Nightmare Before Christmas" took great pleasure in having the creatures of Halloween take over the symbols of Yuletide, then "Corpse Bride" is content to turn the worlds of the living and the dead upside down. The living are done in the washed out browns of a daguerreotype while the dead are shown in brighter colors favoring a blue palette. For the most part the living are dreary, hateful, and ultimately boring people, while the dead all seem to be jumping around a lot more than they probably did when they were alive. Their songs are perkier too (i.e., "Remains of the Day"), or at least more revealing (i.e., "Tears to Shed"), than those sung by the living (i.e., "According to Plan"). Plus, I like any fight scene where I can yell, "Look out! He has a fork!"

I ended up rounding up on "Corpse Bride" for several reasons. First, the title character has a compelling beauty with her large eyes and lovely blue skin, especially as she glides around in her billowing wedding dress. Second, I just like this style of animation, pretty much regardless of what is happening in the story but especially since it always strikes me as being in the spirit of Chas. Addams (Morticia and Emily have to be related on some level, right?). Third, given that both Emily and Victoria are sympathetic characters, I could not see how "Corpse Bridge" was going to come up with anything approaching an actual happy ending, so I was pleasantly surprised (even though Johnson and Burton foreshadow Emily's fate before the movie's title pops up on the screen). There is also the nice touch when the film underscores the fact that social class distinctions do not matter when you are dead, even if you are not gone.

"Die, die, we all pass away

But don't wear a frown

Because it's really okay

You might try and hide

And you might try to pray

But we all end up

The remains of the day"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure magic., June 15 2006
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Ms. H. Sinton "dragondrums" (Ingleby Barwick. U.K.) - See all my reviews
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Any fan of Tim Burton's 'Nightmare Before Christmas' will love this film. It's a darkly gothic, yet beautiful love story about a young man, Victor who accidentally marries a corpse while practicing his wedding vows. His 'bride' Emily had been spurned by her lover in life, and is desperate to find love with her new groom, whilst the hapless Victor wants only to return to the land of the living and his beautiful fiancée, Victoria. Meanwhile the sinister Lord Barkis Bittern is determined to step into Victor's shoes and marry Victoria himself.

Filmed in stop/motion (like Nightmare) the film has a surreal but captivating air. The living world is colourless and dark whilst the land of the dead is a vibrant, lively place, full of music and colour...a nice twist on the usual view.

Tim Burton has once again teamed with Johnny Depp (the voice of Victor) and his real life partner Helena Bonham Carter (the corpse bride). He also uses the voices of other well-known talents such as Joanna Lumley, Richard E. Grant, Tracey Ullman, Christopher Lee and Jane Horrocks to name but a few. Danny Elfman composed the music for the movie and with his usual flair has matched the mood of the film perfectly.

The DVD has been well produced and there are several featurettes including a music only track, interviews with Tim Burton and Danny Elfman, production galleries, and a look at the actors performing their voice-overs. This is a quality film on a quality disc and well worth adding to your collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Depp and Burton Movie -- naturally, May 23 2007
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Ahh, another of my Depp faves...I watched this a quite a few months back, but the magic is not lost. Yes, all Depp movies cast a spell on me, but I really mean what i say.

Johnny Depp brilliantly provides his voice for the shy, timid and not-so-talkative Victor, who is soon to marry the beautiful Victoria (Emily Watson). However, poor Victor messes up his vows during rehearsal and ends up feeling terrible. In an eerie wood- full of thin, creepy trees -Victor tries to comfort himself. Determined to get his vows of love right, he goes over them alone and puts the ring on a twig for complete effect.

Now, I ask you, was it the poor guy's fault the twig turned out to be a dead girl's finger?? And yes, that's where the story develops since this 'corpse bride' is taking this 'marriage' very seriously. I don't blame her either since he's got Johnny Depp's voice. Just kidding.

The movie is then all about what Victor will do with the choice he is faced with -- Does he go back to Victoria and ignore his 'corpse bride'? OR Does he stay with his loving dead wife who comes with a free maggot in her eye?

The ending is very sweet, although sad. Its weird how the movie makes you feel so sorry for the Corpse Bride and at the same time want you to see Victor and Victoria together. The movie is a classic Tim Burton with quite a lively world full of dead and cutely formed characters. It is a classic Johnny Depp even though all you get from him is his voice -- he's all magic anyway. Its a wonderful movie for emotional and sensitive teens rather than little frolicky preschoolers, that's for sure!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ghoulfriend, March 22 2007
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E. A Solinas "ea_solinas" (MD USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Tim Burton's Corpse Bride [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Tim Burton has become reknowned for his movies about the weird, the macabre, and the very funny. And his new stop-animated masterpiece "Corpse Bride," a host of bizarre characters and a bittersweet love triangle, has all three qualities.

This is an "underground" film in the best sense of the word. It gives you the sort of feeling that really expert haunted houses do -- you're enjoying the ghouls and skeletons too much to care who it's aimed at.

Victor (Johnny Depp) is at the rehearsal for his arranged wedding, when he forgets his vows. Not a good omen. He runs out and rehearses it by himself, and ends up slipping the ring on the finger of a dead girl, Emily (Helena Bonham Carter). But Emily, who died tragically, falls in love with Victor and considers herself married to him.

Now Victor is trapped in the underworld, which is a surprisingly cheery, upbeat place when you consider everyone is dead. He tries to find his way back to the world of the living, but soon finds himself more drawn to the tragic Emily. Now he must make the ultimate choice: Will he return (for as long as he lives) to his arranged bride, or stay in the underworld with the Corpse Bride?

You'd think a movie about dead people would be depressing. At the very least, dark. But surprisingly "Corpse Bride" is neither -- instead, Burton has crafted a sweet, enchanting little love story where one of the people happens to be dead, and which is set in the underworld. There's nothing frightening about it. If anything, it's enchanting.

Is the plot original? Heck no -- boil it down, and you have a boy-meets-girl story. But it's the delivery that's charming, from the funny dialogue ("Play dead!") to the colorful inhabitants of the underworld (like the pirate, or the intimidating minister). The macabre humour and song-and-dance numbers add to the charm of this world, where the dead are more alive than the living.

And the voice actors seal the deal; what could have been merely funny becomes touching, in their hands.Johnny Depp brings the timid, tremulous Victor to life, and makes his dilemma believable, while Carter makes us look past protruding bones and bluish skin, to the sweet romantic Emily was. The only problem is that moronic maggot -- it's an annoying distraction.

Coming up with a suitable follow-up for cult classic "Nightmare Before Christmas" couldn't have been easy. But Burton does so in rare style, creating a story both hilarious and bittersweet. Enchanting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A dark masterpiece of Burton's unique imagination, Sept. 4 2006
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Daniel Jolley "darkgenius" (Shelby, North Carolina USA) - See all my reviews
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Wouldn't it have been great to have been buddies with Tim Burton as a child? He must have been the coolest cat around, a genius with an imaginatively poetic attraction to the darker side of things. As a filmmaker, Burton's sort of an enigma to me. Just look at Corpse Bride. Apart from weird folks like myself, I don't see much of a target audience for this film. Children may well find the start of the film a little tedious, since nothing big happens for a while, and both the story and music seem to play more for adults. Sure, kids will find their fair share of laughs in the film and will surely enjoy the uniquely odd representations of Burton's characters, but issues of love, marriage, and death aren't exactly popular topics among the younger generation - and, truth be told, there's an element of sadness in the whole story, especially the ending. Yet Corpse Bride is an animated film, and animated films aren't known, as a general rule, for packing in adult crowds at the movie theater. Despite the absence of any obvious target audience, though, the film garnered many favorable reviews and more than paid for itself at the box office alone. I don't think there's another filmmaker out there that could do what Tim Burton does and be so extraordinarily successful at it.

I'm not sure it will be the very first word, but "unique" should certainly appear somewhere on Burton's future tombstone. While many a filmmaker never develops a style of his/her own, Burton is all but bursting with style. I love the Gothic, decidedly odd-shaped inhabitants of this fictional world - and I find it very interesting that he imparts color and life only to the world below, juxtaposing this with the dreary, colorless greys of life among the living. The wonders of stop-motion animation apparently know no bounds, and it's great to see a famous filmmaker not only continuing in the grand tradition but raising the bar for future efforts of a similar kind.

Boy meets girl. Boy accidentally marries a corpse, etc. Not your typical story, is it? Poor shy, clumsy Victor (Johnny Depp); one day, he could probably count the number of women he's spoken to on one hand, then the next day, he's fallen in love with one girl - Victoria (Emily Watson), the girl his parents arranged for him to marry - and found himself betrothed to another, one who happens to be quite dead. Really, though, I thought everyone knew better than to place a wedding ring on any inanimate object - that's just asking for trouble. Victor does it while he's practicing his wedding vows, never realizing that he is speaking to and placing the ring on the finger of a corpse bride rather than a dead branch. Poor Emily (Helena Bonham Carter), who was murdered right before her own wedding, has waited years for her true love to come and rescue her from her final resting place in the woods. Suddenly finding her dream come true, she pops up and immediately absconds with her new "husband" to her own home in the lower world. Naturally, Victor is more than anxious to leave the company of the lively but obviously very dead inhabitants of Emily's world and return to the world above - and to Victoria. The viewer is necessarily torn by everything that happens from here on out. On the one hand, there's sweet Victoria yearning for Victor to return and marry her; on the other hand, there's Emily, who loves Victor and truly deserves to be happy after her truly sad travails before death. It's a harder choice than you might think, especially since Emily is - dare I say it - pretty hot for a corpse.

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride is, to me, a rather sad movie. It will make you laugh, but it won't leave you laughing. In any lovers' triangle, one of the three parties necessarily ends up the loser, and you will find no exception to this rule here. The story plays out quite well indeed, but there's no getting away from the sense of melancholy inherent in the ending. The only issue I have with this rather remarkably impressive film, though, is its running time. Not counting the credits, you're looking at about 71 minutes - and it felt even shorter than that. I would gladly have spent much more time in this literally jaw-dropping (watch for it), surreal, visually incredible world of Burton's imagination.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tim Burton does it again., Feb. 17 2006
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Olivier Campeau (Montreal, Quebec) - See all my reviews
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Every single Tim burton movie is an absolute feast for the eyes, especially this one. Corpse bride is brilliant, the graphics are amazing and the characters are very well balanced & unique. This is probably my favourite Tim burton movie, especially since it is stop motion. Nightmare before christmas had a better story but this one is more accessible, simple and there is less singing. which is always good. I'd recommend this movie to any Tim burton fan. A must have if you like stop motion. Wonderfully pleasant to watch.
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