Corpse Bride (2005)


Animation | Comedy | Fantasy | Musical


Tim Burton | Mike Johnson



Voice Cast

Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Emily Watson, Tracey Ullman, Paul Whitehouse, Joanna Lumley, Albert Finney, Richard E. Grant, Christopher Lee, Michael Gough, Jane Horrocks, Enn Reitel, Deep Roy, Danny Elfman, Stephen Ballantyne


When an arranged marriage between Victor Van Dort (Johnny Depp) and Victoria Everglot (Emily Watson) reaches the rehearsals, Victor messes up his vows. Spending time alone in the forest, Victor decides to practice on his own. Everything seems to go well, unite he accidentally puts the ring upon the hand of a corpse (Helena Bonham Carter), who returns as a zombie and insists that she is now Victor's lawfully wedded wife.


I remember the first time I watched this film, and I also remember I did not like it. Now, after several views, I've witnessed a growth in pleasure each time, and I think most of the credits goes to Tim Burton.

A sight for sore eyes, Corpse Bride is a macabre and strangely touching dark Gothic tale that everybody can enjoy. In fact, while the adults can enjoy the darkness and gloominess of the film, able to cleverly play with macabre - main reason I didn't like it when I was a kid -, nowadays kids, definitely more shrewd, can appreciate the nice and creepy characters.

All the characters are visually stunning, and are able to create an emotional bond with the audience, especially Victor and the Corpse Bride, and although we like to see Victor getting married to Victoria, we can't help but feel sympathy to the Corpse Bride. The characters are well developed and there are some for all tastes, from the spooky villain to the funny worm who keeps popping in and out of the Bride's eye socket.

The most fascinating thing about this film is how it comes to life when we are among the deads. Joyful, colourful, and full of real emotions, it make you feel a lot better about death.

The songs deserve a special mention because they all are wonderful and well performed.

The leading voices could only be those of Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, whose voice work is absolutely fabulous. Equally important is the supporting cast, including big names such as Emily Watson, Albert Finney, Richard E. Grant, and Christopher Lee.


Corpse Bride: I've spent so long in the darkness, I'd almost forgotten how beautiful the moonlight is.


  1. I love this movie. But then, I'm generally just a big fan of Tim Burton.

  2. Great film but I am Tim Burton biased, can he make a bad film?

  3. I love this one and find it very underrated. It's some of the best stuff Burton has done this century, if you ask me.