Corpse Bride (2005)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 17 mins

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Set against the backdrop of a conservative Victorian village, this fantasy stop-action-animated musical delves into the bizarre experiences in the life of Victor Van Dort, a shy young man. He enters into an arranged marriage with Victoria Everglot, who is from a socially well-reputed family in dire financial straits, as his own family seeks acceptance amidst high society. While both of them have trepidations about the marriage, they fall in love as soon as they meet each other. However, when things go wrong at the wedding rehearsal, Victor goes into the woods to practice his vows. At the culmination of his vows he places the wedding ring on what he thinks is a nearby upturned tree root. Shockingly, the root turns out to be the finger of a murdered woman in a tattered bridal gown, who rises from the grave claiming that she is now Victor's wife and takes him to The Land of the Dead. While Victoria waits on the other side, there's a rich newcomer that may take Victor's place. How will Victor escape his corpse bride and the land of the dead, to claim his rightful place as Victoria's groom?
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Cast: Emily Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Johnny Depp

Crew: Mike Johnson (Director), Tim Burton (Director), Pete Kozachik (Director of Photography), Danny Elfman (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Action, Drama, Family

Release Dates: 23 Sep 2005 (India)

Tagline: Loving You Is Like Loving The Dead

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Did you know? This is the first feature to be made with commercial digital still photography cameras (31 Canon EOS-1Ds MARK II SLR cameras with Nikon Lenses) instead of film cameras. Read More
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as Victoria Everglot
as Corpse Bride
as Victor Van Dort
as Finis Everglot
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actress
as Maudeline Everglot
Supporting Actress
Supporting Actor
as William Van Dort / Mayhew / Paul The Head Waiter
as Barkis Bittern
as Nell Van Dort / Hildegarde


First Assistant Director
Second Assistant Director



Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography


Music Director
Playback Singer
Music Editor


Sound Designer
Sound Re-recording Mixer
Foley Artist


Animation Studio


Production Designer
Art Director
Storyboard Artist


Casting Director
Casting Assistant


Assistant Editor

Visual Effects

Visual Effects Producer
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Colour Info:
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital EX, DTS, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound
ARRIFLEX D-20/D-21, Canon Digital Rebel T2i
Frame Rate:
24 fps
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Loving You Is Like Loving The Dead
A Grave Proposal
The Graceful Dead
Throw Him A Bone
The love of his life.
The love of her afterlife.
Can a heart still break once it's stopped beating?
Rising to the occasion
There's been a grave misunderstanding.
During the dinner scene, as the camera pans up and down the table, we can see that everyone (including Mr. and Mrs. Everglot) have some sort of chicken-like bird on their plate. However, when the "guests" arrive, Mr. and Mrs. Everglott's chicken turns into soup.

In the scene where Victor is in the woods saying his vows, he puts his ring on the "branch" aka the corpse bride's hand and he puts the ring on the pointer finger. But in the next shot when she says "You may kiss the bride." the ring has magically moved to her ring finger.

During "According to Plan" when Maudelaine Everglot opens the safe, you see she is wearing a gold wedding ring. However, when she closes it, the ring is gone. It reappears later. The same thing happens to Nell Van Dort. In one shot she has her ring on but in the next it's gone.

Audio/Video Mismatch
During the Skeleton Dance, a trombone is being played. But the sound is of at least two muted trumpets.

Audio/Video Mismatch
When Victor and the Bride are playing their piano duet in the underworld, the notes the Bride's fingers had been playing continue to repeat as her hand breaks off and climbs up Victor's arm.

Audio/Video Mismatch
When Victor first plays the piano, the arpeggio he plays is actually a C fully diminished. The arpeggio that sounds is C Major.

Audio/Video Mismatch
In all the scenes with a piano, the keys that are played don't sound out the right melody. For example: Victor plays Middle C, but the sound that comes out is not Middle C, but D, sharps and flats are heard coming from white keys instead of black keys, etc.

Character Error
When Victor practices his vows in the woods, there is no priest present to legalize the vows. Furthermore, only the Corpse Bride says "I do", whereas Victor never does.
Albert Finney was the leading choice to play Grandpa Joe in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), but when Tim Burton was attached he nixed the idea because the only big name he wanted in the movie was Johnny Depp, so Burton cast Finney in this movie to apologize. Burton reportedly also offered a role to Sam Neill, who turned it down.

Mr. Bonejangles and his skeleton band are partly inspired by the cartoon The Skeleton Dance (1929) but are also heavily influenced by Cab Calloway and his band as they appeared in rotoscoped form in several Betty Boop cartoons. The piano player wears shades like Ray Charles, and his movements are based on Charles' mannerisms. The character BoneJangles is based on the famous dancer Bill Robinson who was called "Bojangles."

Johnny Depp and Christopher Lee also worked together in Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005).

Tim Burton: [dead dog] Victor is reunited with his deceased (and now skeletal) dog Scraps. A picture of a younger Victor with a living Scraps is visible at the start of the film.

The puppets were made from stainless steel armatures covered with silicone skin.

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

This is the first feature to be made with commercial digital still photography cameras (31 Canon EOS-1Ds MARK II SLR cameras with Nikon Lenses) instead of film cameras.

The first stop-motion feature to be edited using Apple's Final Cut Pro.

The puppets used neither of the industry standards of replaceable heads (like those used on The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)) or replaceable mouths (like those used by Aardman Studios in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)) but instead used precision crafted clockwork heads, adjusted by hidden keys. This allowed for unprecedented subtlety, but was apparently even more painstaking than the already notoriously arduous animation. One animator even reported having recurring nightmares of adjusting his own facial expression in this fashion.

The maggot's voice, mannerisms and facial appearance are an impersonation of Peter Lorre.

The puppets were 25-28 cm tall and some of the stages were so large that animators could actually fit through the set doors with minimal crouching.

Danny Elfman originally wrote the part of BoneJangles looking for another musician to sing it, but after failing to find a voice that fit, Tim Burton asked Elfman if he would sing it himself. The result was so brutal on his vocal chords that Elfman was left hoarse whenever he had to voice the character.

The first original stop motion animated film Tim Burton has directed or produced since The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993).

Multiple, identical puppets had to be created so that more scenes could be accomplished in a shorter period of time. In all, fourteen puppets of the Bride and Victor were created, and thirteen were created of Victoria.

Had a 55-week shoot, during which 109,440 individually animated frames had to be set up and filmed.