Set in a 19th-century european village, this stop-motion animation follows the story of Victor, a young man whisked away to the underworld and wed to a mysterious corpse bride, while his real bride Victoria waits bereft in the land of the living.
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Impossible not to be awed by the level of craft & imagination that Burton & co. bring to this little fable, as the filmmakers lovingly weave together elements of Poe, Bava, Hammer Horror, Czech & Polish animation influences & the kind of whimsical outsider narrative that propelled Tim Burton's own short fiction. At a shade over 70 mins it feels underdeveloped; the third act in particular needed more time to unfold.
I found the music a little shoehorned in on my first viewing -- still do, in parts. That said, I think this is my favourite Burton film along with his rendition of "Todd;" he'd perfected the Victorian Gothic-horror style by this point, and its juxtaposition with such an unbearably cute, touching story really is something else. Gorgeously animated, of course, with stellar voice work from the distinctive all-star cast.
The story is charming and the artistry behind the animation and the look is wonderful but... there's something missing. Novelty, perhaps? I don't know how it's possible for someone so creative and imaginative to also be repetitive and uninspiring, but Burton's themes and gothic styles are starting to tread the same ground over and over again. This is far better than "Coraline" but it's still disappointing.
Tim Burton is undoubtedly a poet of the Macabre like some European romantic writers of the XIXth century. According to his artistic point of view, death and its representations deserve a better place in movies. CORPSE BRIDE is a film for teenagers and adults deserving to stay as one of the most sinister anomation movies ever released. Masterpiece.
Very cohesive and heartbreaking. The general atmosphere seems to recall that one of the small European towns of the first expressionist silent films (Caligari, Nosferatu) and it is enriched with the beauty and the feeling of enchantment typical of a classic fairy tale. I found interesting the direction of some scenes (especially due to the problems of the stop-motion) and I totally loved the three main characters.