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Corpse Bride

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Tim Burton
Mike Johnson
Produced by Tim Burton
Allison Abbate
Joe Ranft
Derek Frey
Written by John August
Caroline Thompson
Pamela Pettler
Tim Burton
Starring Johnny Depp
Helena Bonham Carter
Emily Watson
Tracey Ullman
Paul Whitehouse
Joanna Lumley
Albert Finney
Music by Danny Elfman
Cinematography Pete Kozachik
Editing by Chris Lebenzon
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) September 23, 2005 (2005-09-23)
Running time 77 minutes
Country United Kingdom
United States
Language English
Budget $40 million[citation needed]
Gross revenue $117,195,061[1]

Corpse Bride is a 2005 musical stop-motion-animation fantasy film directed by Mike Johnson and Tim Burton. It is set in a fictional Victorian era village in Britain. Johnny Depp led an all-star cast as the voice of Victor, while Helena Bonham Carter (for whom the project was specially created) voiced Emily, the title character.

The film was nominated in the 78th Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature, but was bested by Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. On a technical level it was shot with a battery of Canon EOS-1D Mark II digital SLRs, rather than the 35mm film cameras used for Burton's previous stop-motion film The Nightmare Before Christmas.[2]

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Plot

In a Victorian era town, the Everglots, a family of recently bankrupt aristocrats, reluctantly agree to marry off their daughter Victoria to the timid Victor Van Dort, son of nouveaux riches fishmongers. Despite their initial uneasiness about the situation, having never before met, Victor and Victoria hit it off immediately. Unfortunately, after his clumsiness ruins their wedding rehearsal (accidentally lighting Victoria's mother's dress on fire), Victor is banished until he can learn to recite his wedding vows properly. Victor wanders deep into the forest while practicing, eventually performing a flawless mock recital. In doing so, he places his bride's wedding ring on a tree root resembling a human hand. However, it turns out it really is a hand, albeit a skeletal one, which comes to life and grabs Victor by the arm. Shortly after, Emily, the "Corpse Bride", a beautiful undead girl in a mouldy bridal gown, emerges from the ground and accepts his proposal, declaring Victor her husband.

Emily takes Victor to the Land of the Dead, where Victor learns how she was jilted, murdered and robbed while trying to elope with a mysterious stranger, and has been waiting for her true love to return ever since. Dearly wishing to return to Victoria, his own true love, Victor first attempts to flee, then tricks Emily into returning him to the Land of the Living under the pretense of introducing her to his still-living parents. Just as Victor reunites with Victoria and confesses his feelings for her, Emily discovers them and spirits Victor away back to the Land of the Dead. Feeling betrayed, Emily gets into an argument with Victor, climaxing with Victor telling her that their "marriage" was a mistake and he would never marry a girl like her. Heartbroken, Emily leaves thinking Victor only loves Victoria for being alive while she herself is not.

Victoria tries to convince her family of the danger Victor is potentially in, but her claims of the existence of a "Corpse Bride" fall on deaf ears. Instead, her parents arrange her to be married to Lord Barkis Bittern, a presumably wealthy drifter who arrived earlier during the wedding rehearsal. Victoria attempts to object to the union, but is overruled by her parents, who tell her without her marriage to Barkis, they will be forced into the streets. Unbeknownst to the others, however, Barkis intends to kill Victoria and make off with the fortune he believes she still has.

Feeling guilty for his earlier deception, Victor apologizes to Emily, and her love for him is renewed through a piano duet. Suddenly, Mayhew, the coachman of Victor's parents dies and arrives in the Land of the Dead, where he informs Victor of Victoria's engagement to Barkis; Victor is shocked and heartbroken at the news. Emily, meanwhile, learns that her marriage to Victor is not official, as the wedding vows bind them only "until death do them part", and she is already dead. To make the union valid, she and Victor must return to the Land of the Living to re-recite their vows, during which Victor must kill himself by drinking poisoned wine. Victor, believing that Victoria has moved on with her life without him, agrees to carry out the ceremony, and invites all of the dead to attend.

After Victoria and Barkis' wedding, the town erupts in panic as the dead arrive, but their fear is replaced with joy when the living residents recognize their deceased loved ones among the dead. In the midst of the chaos, Barkis is shocked to discover that the Everglots are penniless. During the ceremony at the church, Emily spots the heartbroken Victoria hiding in the crowd and realizes that Victor's death will cheat Victoria out of a happy life just like she was cheated out of hers. She calls off the ceremony before Victor drinks the poison and reunites him with Victoria. Barkis then crashes the party to reclaim Victoria, with Emily recognizing him as the man who jilted, robbed, and murdered her years ago. Victor engages Barkis in a sword fight to keep him from taking Victoria (though Barkis is the only one with a sword—Victor is armed with a toasting fork). Before Barkis can land a killing strike on the beaten Victor, Emily steps in front of him and takes the blow instead, remaining unharmed due to already being dead. Emily lividly orders him to leave, but before he does, Barkis mockingly toasts Emily for never finding true love and drinks the wine intended for Victor. However, he does not realize it is poisoned until it's too late and dies within seconds. The outraged dead, who are all beloved friends of Emily, proceed to force him back to the underworld, intent on punishing him for his crimes. Content that Victor can now live happily with Victoria and having closure with her murder, Emily finds herself at peace and ascends to the heavens in the form of hundreds of butterflies into the moon as Victor and Victoria look on.

Cast

Many actors/actresses in this film have portrayed more than one character

Origins

A similar motif has also been used by Prosper Mérimée in his story La Vénus d'Ille.[3] Instead of the corpse bride, the ancient statue of Venus figures in the story.

A similar narrative also occurs in early Islamic literature. The 10th century Encyclopedia of the Brethren of Purity contains an Arabic anecdote of a "prince who strays from his palace during his wedding feast and, drunk, spends the night in a cemetery, confusing a corpse with his bride.And so the bacon is fresh... The story is used as a gnostic parable of the soul's pre-existence and return from its terrestrial sojourn".[4]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Corpse Bride (2005) - Box Office Mojo". Box Office Mojo. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=corpsebride.htm. Retrieved 2010-03-19. 
  2. ^ http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/content_page.asp?cid=7-7886-8022 "Tim Burton's Corpse Bride "filmed" with EOS-1D Mark II's", Rob Galbraith.com, September 14, 2005
  3. ^ http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/16240
  4. ^ Hamori, Andras (1971), "An Allegory from the Arabian Nights: The City of Brass", Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies (Cambridge University Press) 34 (1): 9–19 [18] 

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Corpse Bride is a 2005 stop-motion animated film by Tim Burton. It is about a young man who, stressed by his upcoming wedding, goes for a walk to clear his head. When he returns, he's married to a corpse…

Directed by Tim Burton. Written by John August, Pamela Pettler, and Caroline Thompson.
There's been a grave misunderstanding. taglines

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Victor Van Dort

  • I've got a ... dwarf... and I'm not afraid to use him! I want some questions, now!
  • [to the animated skeleton of his old dog, Scraps] Play dead...oh, sorry.
  • With this hand, I will cup your...oh, goodness, no!

Emily

  • [Angry] Hopscotch.
  • He's not my boyfriend, he's my husband!
  • You may kiss the bride!
  • I've spent so long in the darkness, I'd almost forgotten how...beautiful the moonlight is.
  • You kept your promise. You set me free. Now I can do the same for you.
  • I was a bride. My dreams were taken from me. But now - now I've stolen them from someone else. I love you, Victor, but you're not mine.

Finis Everglot

  • [to Victor] Out of the way, you ninny!
  • There's an eye in me soup.
  • Fetch me musket!

Maudeline Everglot

  • Will the mortification never cease? It will be YEARS before we can show ourselves in public again!
  • What impropriety is this?!

Pastor Galswells

  • Three steps, THREE! Can you not COUNT?!
  • Let's try it AGAIN, shall we, Master Van Dort?
  • ENOUGH! This wedding cannot take place until he is properly prepared! [to Victor] Young man. Learn. Your. Vows.
  • She's speaking in tongues of an unholy alliance! (about Victoria)

Bonejangles

  • A tragic tale of romance, passion, and a murder most foul!
  • Hit it, boys.
  • I love a woman with meat on her bones!

Elder Gutknecht

  • Why go up there when people are dying to get down here?
  • I have it. A Ukranian Haunting Spell! Just the thing for these quick trips.
  • Dearly beloved, and departed...
  • Victor would have to give up the life he had forever. He would have to repeat his vows in the Land of the Living, and drink from the Wine of Ages. This would stop his heart forever. Only then would he be free to give it to you.

Maggot

  • If I hadn't just been sitting in it, I would say that you've lost your mind!
  • We have to KILL HIM!
  • [pushing out the Corpse Bride's eye so he can look for Victor] Don't worry. I'll keep an eye out for him.
  • [to a villager] You don't know me, but I used to live in your dead mother.

Town Crier

  • HEAR YE, HEAR YE! WEDDING REHEARSAL IN RUINS AS VAN DORT BOY CAUSES CHAOS! [sees Victor, and makes it a point to let him know] FISHY FIANCÈ COULD BE CANNED! EVERGLOTS ALL "FIRED UP" AS VAN DORT DISASTER RUINS REHEARSAL!
  • HEAR YE, HEAR YE! VICTOR VAN DORT SEEN LAST NIGHT ON THE BRIDGE IN THE ARMS OF A MYSTERY WOMAN! THE DARK-HAIRED TEMPTRESS AND MASTER VAN DORT SLIPPED AWAY INTO THE NIGHT! And now the weather: scattered showers...
  • In other news... THE DEAD WALK THE EARTH!!!

Dialogue

Victoria: Oh, Hildegarde... what if Victor and I don't... like each other?
Maudeline: Humph! As if that has anything to do with marrige. Do you suppose your father and I like each other?
Victoria: Surely you must, a little?
Maudeline and Finis: Of course not!

Town Crier: VICTOR VAN DORT ELOPES WITH CORPSE! HEARTBROKEN BRIDE TO WED WEALTHY NEWCOMER!
Nell Van Dort: Wealthy newcomer? It cannot be!
William Van Dort: Did he say "corpse"?
Nell Van Dort: Oh, don't be ridiculous. What corpse would marry our Victor?

Pastor Galswells: [yelling] Be gone, ye demons from Hell! Back to the void from which you came! You shall not enter here! Back! Back!
Skeleton: Keep it down, we're in a church.

Corpse Bride: [recognises Barkis] YOU!
Lord Barkis: Emily?! But... I left you!
Corpse Bride: For dead!

Elder Gutknecht: [to angry corpses] Wait! We must abide by their rules! We are amongst the living.
Maggot: [after Barkis drinks poison and dies] Not anymore!
Elder Gutknecht: Yup, you're right. He's all yours.

Taglines

  • Rising to the occasion.
  • There's been a grave misunderstanding...
  • Can a heart still break once it's stopped beating?

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