Corpse Bride

September 23rd, 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.

Release Year: 2005

Rating: 7.4/10 (85,735 voted)

Critic's Score: 83/100

Director: Tim Burton

Stars: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Emily Watson

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 hight 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?

Writers: Tim Burton, Carlos Grangel

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)

Taglines: The Graceful Dead


Official Website: Official site [Russia] | Warner Bros [Brazil] |

Release Date: 23 September 2005

Filming Locations: England, UK

Box Office Details

Budget: $40,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $385,078 (USA) (18 September 2005) (5 Screens)

Gross: $53,337,608 (USA) (18 December 2005)

Technical Specs

Runtime:USA:  | Argentina:

Did You Know?

When Victor plays the piano, he leans back and the nameplate says "Harryhausen", a reference to stop-motion animator Ray Harryhausen.

Continuity: 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.

[first lines]
Town Crier: Hear ye, hear ye, ten minutes to go till Van Dort's wedding rehearsal.

User Review

Entertaining movie, won't disappoint those that want to see it

Rating: 8/10

I got to go to an advance screening of 'Corpse Bride'. The anticipation for the movie was high as the theater audience was clapping and yelling.

I had been afraid this was going to be too reminiscent of 'Nightmare Before Christmas', but it was delightfully original. That is potentially what I enjoyed most about the movie. It's quite an original story.

I commend Burton and all those who worked on this movie. I really enjoy watching the animation, and the characters are all very well developed. It's so good in fact, that I can't imagine this movie being done with real actors.

The songs in this movie are good and enjoyable. I don't enjoy them as much as I did 'Nightmare's', but they do justice.

The voice work in this movie is great. Depp(whose praise I'm not sure will ever stop) did excellent work. I don't think I would've known it was him, that is if I hadn't already. Albert Finney is great, and it's so nice to hear Michael Gough.

My only criticism of this movie is they don't always take enough time. It starts off wonderfully with the wedding rehearsal, introducing us to the characters and the situation. Then Victor takes ends up "running into" the corpse bride, goes to the "underworld", and the whole thing is explained with a song. I was left wanting more when it came to the corpse bride and the underworld. Then the movie continues at a nice level, just that one part left me wanting more.

It's a good movie. If you want to see it you shan't be disappointed. If you don't want to see it, it might be a pleasant surprise.