Monday, February 13, 2017

Corpse Bride (2005)

Academy Awards, USA 2006

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
Tim Burton
Mike Johnson

Warner Bros.
Directed by Tim Burton
My rating: 3 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia
(Blu-ray, Warner Bros.)

Victorian-era story of an arranged marriage between a shy young man and a timid young girl. They fall in love at first sight, but while practicing the wedding vows he accidentally ends up married to a personable and outgoing girl, who happens to be dead. She takes him to the "land of the dead" where everyone appears to be enjoying themselves. He concocts a plan to get her back to the land of the living to reunite with his fiance, but when she discovers his treachery she whisks back to the dead and he reluctantly agrees to marry her. However, at the wedding she realizes he still loves his fiance and lets him return to her, getting some revenge along the way. This stop-motion animated film takes an otherwise predictable love story and turns it into a Dickensian black comedy that could have been directed by Rankin-Bass. Briskly paced with just the right amount of musical accompaniment, I sometimes wonder if this isn't better than Burton's better known predecessor The Nightmare Before Christmas.

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