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Tim Burton's Corpse Bride
By Kimberly Sielen

Release Date: September 23, 2005
MPAA Rating: PG for some scary images and action, and brief mild language
Voiced by: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Emily Watson
Genre: Animated fantasy

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride is a beautiful yet macabre masterpiece which follows in the footsteps of The Nightmare Before Christmas. Filmed completely in stop-animation, with several musical numbers, it is the story of shy Victor Van Dort (Johnny Depp) and his misadventures in love. His parents have arranged his marriage to the timid Victoria Everglot (Emily Watson), a woman he has never met who dreams of true love and passion. Surprisingly they are perfect for each other. Unfortunately, at their wedding rehearsal Victor becomes so nervous that he continuously muddles his vows and is sent away in a fury to learn them. He is so afraid of his parents and future in-laws wrath that he runs into the forest to practice. Finally Victor masters his wedding vows, and places the ring on what looks like a tree branch.

As the previews reveal, the tree branch is no branch at all. It is the skeletal hand of Emily, the Corpse Bride (Helena Bonham Carter), who was murdered the night of her wedding while waiting for her fiancée. She believes that Victor's vows have bound them together forever, and takes him into the Land of the Dead. He is terrified at this, and is willing to try anything to go back "up there." Meanwhile, Victoria's parents have given up on him and have arranged a last minute marriage for her to the mysterious Lord Barkis Bittern (Richard E. Grant). What follows next is something only Tim Burton could pull off - complete chaos.

Compared to his other films, Tim Burton's Corpse Bride is surprisingly tame. Even so, it contains materials which may frighten some and offend others. Sexual content and offensive language is almost nonexistent, except for a play on "frankly my dear, I don't give a damn" and an utterance of "sacrebleu." Violence becomes an issue at the end of the film when Lord Barkis Bittern attacks Victor in the church; however no one is hurt during this confrontation. Also, when Victor enters the Land of the Dead, there is a song about the Corpse Bride's life and death which is reenacted in shadows upon the wall. Nothing graphic is shown, however her death - murder - is explained. More questionable than these scenes, are the characters themselves. The Corpse Bride is exactly what the title says she is - a murdered woman buried in her wedding dress. Her injuries are not shown; however she is in a state of decomposition. The other citizens of the Land of the Dead are graphically portrayed as well: an army captain, with a hole in his chest the size of a cannon ball; Bonejangles, a skeleton with one eye that rolls from socket to socket; a cook with an eye hanging from a thread, and a vast array of other curiosities. And, though these characters are meant to be humorous they may make some viewers squeamish.

Overall, though Tim Burton's Corpse Bride is not a family movie, it is recommended for children twelve and older (unless you want to be up all night.)

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