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Running Time:
1 hour, 17 minutes

Rating: PG Parental Guidance Suggested.

Rating Explanation:
for some scary images and action, and brief mild language

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
It may be light on morals and messages but it sure is heavy on visual wonderment.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Inside the Two Worlds; Danny Elfman interprets the Two Worlds; the animators: the Breath of Life; Tim Burton: dark vs. light; Voices fron the underworld; Making puppets tick; The voices behind the voice; The Corpse Bride preproduction galleries; Theatrical trailer; Music-only track; Languages & Subtitles; English, Franšais & Espa˝ol

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride
Victor Van Dort (voiced by Johnny Depp) is dreading his impending marriage to Victoria Everglot (Emily Watson). But it's the perfect match. You see the Van Dorts (Tracy Ullman and Paul Whitehouse) are newly rich and looking for respectability, while the Everglots (Joanna Lumley and Albert Finney) are penniless aristocracy in need of cash. The good news is that Victor and Victoria turn out to actually like each other. But after an attack of nerves, Victor takes a walk in the woods, where he inadvertently marries Emily (Helena Bonham Carter), a murdered bride, and he becomes stranded in the land of the dead. Tim Burton's gleefully gruesome sensibilities are bound to delight kids, while the wry subtext gives grown-ups plenty to enjoy. The fairy tale plot is rather simple, as Victor first tries to get back to the land of the living, and then has to choose between the two women. Danny Elfman's energetic songs cheerfully keep the story moving along, and adding a bluesy mood to the proceedings. The cast turns each character into a vivid bundle of nerves and longings; even smaller roles are great fun, most notably Christopher Lee as a stern pastor, Michael Gough as a crackly elder, Jane Horrocks as a helpful spider and Richard Grant as slimy Lord Barkis. Johnny Depp is, terrific as the shy, bewildered Victor. And the visual imagery is dazzling. Tim Burton and his crew have perfected stop-motion animation to such a flawless degree that it perfectly reflects the inner lives of these characters and places, from the drab monochromatic black and white of the real world with only faint dabs of color when a match flares or a butterfly appears, to the blaze of color in the graveyard. The whole movie is often quite funny, in a bone-dry sort of way that manages to balance the often scary creepiness. It's a totally exquisite little film that the whole family should enjoy.

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