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Corpse Bride
DVD disk
Jan 31, 2006 By: Sturdy
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Director:
Tim Burton

Actors:
Johnny Depp
Helena Bonham Carter
Emily Watson

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A bumbling man wanders through the forest and accidentally marries a corpse. Aside from the obvious problems, he was to marry an actual living person the next day.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Ive said this before about Tim Burton and Ill say it again; either you love him or you hate him. He appeals to such a specific niche of movie goers that its hard to even classify his movies. CORPSE BRIDE is definitely not the exception to the rule. Whatever you do, dont go rent this thinking youre getting a run of the mill Disney film.

Most of us at JoBlo are Tim Burton and Johnny Depp fans. Man crushes aside, I would consider myself a huge fan of both. With that in mind, I really enjoyed Corpse Bride. Its a great and original story with wonderful and innovative animation. In a mere 80 minutes, they managed to give the audience complex characters that we actually care about. In the end, its easy to get accustomed to the creepiness of the movie because youre so involved in the world presented before you.

The film will draw obvious comparisons to NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS and with Tim Burton and Danny Elfmans touch, why shouldnt it? Also, for fun, you can count the number of references to the hill in Nightmare. Trust me, there are a lot.

Also, notice how an animated Johnny Depp looks just like the real-life Adrian Brody. There was a scene where Johnnys character is playing the piano and I thought for sure it was taken directly from THE PIANIST.
THE EXTRAS
We get everything BUT a commentary track on this edition. I dont know why either. Everyone seemed so excited about this film in the special features, you figure they all wouldve been eager to do a commentary. Also, I wouldve liked to have the option of watching all of the features at once or in chapters.

Inside the Two Worlds (4:05): All the players talk about the two worlds. The contrast between the land of the living and the land of the dead is pretty large. They go into detail on why they made it that way and what they were thinking.

Danny Elfman Interprets the Two Worlds (4:56): Danny-boy talks about the same thing we just watched. But with a musical twist. No mention of Adrian Brody being an inspiration.

The Animators: The Breath of Life (6:38): The players talk about kicking it old school with stop-motion animation. I can handle stop-motion if its done this well.

Tim Burton: Dark vs Light (3:39): Everyone and Johnny talk about how great Tim Burton is.

Voices From the Underworld (5:58): Tim claims he was lucky to get the cast, but I disagree. He basically just called on all his friends. Either way, we get a rundown of the characters.

Making Puppets Tick (6:33): A feature on puppets. It really is fascinating how much work was put into this film.

The Voices Behind the Voice (7:35): Over seven minutes of the cast reading their lines as we watch the characters.

There are also Pre-production Galleries, a Trailer and a Music-Only Track.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Everything Tim Burton does will have its detractors, but overall, I dig his films. CORPSE BRIDE is yet another achievement in a long line of successes. If youre a fan of the guy, then you wont be sorry with this one.
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