Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride


Warner Bros. Pictures – A Tim Burton / Laika Entertainment Production – Patalex II Productions

Kiaya Elzia, Staff Writer

When you were a child, do you remember trembling in bed, cowering under the blankets, scared of the unknown that’s waiting for the right moment to strike?

The reason why you’re doing this is probably because you disobeyed your parents and watched that Rated- R movie you weren’t supposed to watch, or you fell victim to a Tim Burton film. It’s all right though it happened to the best of us. We all just wanted to watch that spooky kids for Halloween movie then, BANG your peeing yourself half-way through the movie. And later on that night, when you are looking cautiously in the dark, you wonder why that was a children’s movie in the first place.

Tim Burton is famous for making children’s movies and they tend to have bit of a spooky background and shocking twist. His most recent Children’s Movie is “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” but his most underrated movie, at least to me, is Corpse Bride.

I’ve spent so long in the darkness, I’d almost forgotten how beautiful the moonlight is.”

— Corpse Bride

As little girls, our biggest dream is to have that magical day when we get married and feel like a beautiful princess. But sadly in Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride that didn’t work out for Emily. Corpse Bride is about a nervous young man named Victor Van Dort, voiced by Johnny Depp, getting ready for his arranged marriage with Victoria Everglot.

Victor and Victoria like each other, which makes Victor very nervous and incompetent of saying his vows during the rehearsal wedding. Victor scurries to the woods embarrassed, while there he walks around enjoying the night and practicing his lines. Suddenly a tree branch turns into a corpse hand, grabs Victor, and drags him underground to the Land of The Dead. The person who dragged him to this Land of the Dead is Emily, voiced by Helena Bonham Carter. Emily is a young corpse bride who eloped with the love of her life, and was then suddenly murdered by him. Emily heard Victor and now wants to marry him to fill the void of love in her heart. Victor, not having the same feelings of Emily, must figure out how to go back with the living and marry Victoria before she is given to another, Mister Barkis Bittern.

The ending….it has a shocking twist that you’ll have to watch to know.

With this hand I will lift your sorrows. Your cup will never be empty, for I will be your wine. With this candle, I will light your way into darkness. With this ring, I ask you to be mine.”

— Victor Van Dort

The movie was released September 18th, 2005. The movies made $385,078 opening weekend, and grossed $53,359,111. It was nominated for an Oscar in 2006 for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year. Both Helena Bonham Carter and Johnny Depp are known for starring in Tim Burton movies. They also play in many dark, horror movies such as Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Dark Shadows, and many more. Helena starred in many Tim Burton’s movies because they were married until splitting after 13 years of marriage. Tim Burton is director, producer, and screenwriter known for films such as Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands, which blend themes of fantasy and horror. It’s surprising that Burton makes children’s movies, and his speciality is horror. It kind of makes you worry about how his children’s movies go. Disney even rejected one of his children’s movies as they worried how it would make kids feel.

Tell me my dear, can a heart still break once it’s stopped beating?”

— Barkis Bittern

The movie is a great movie, even though it might frighten children just a bit. It’s an overall fun family movie with songs to sing along and makes you want to get up and boogie.

I highly recommend it to any family.