Corpse Bride

Theatrical Release: September 23, 2005
DVD Release: January 31, 2006
Corpse Bride


In this animated comedic romance created by Tim Burton, the oddly caricatured people have memorable personalities and familiar voices. Victor (Johnny Depp) and Victoria (Emily Watson) are betrothed to be married. As Victor nervously practices his vows in the woods, he places the ring on what appears to be a branch. But the branch turns into a hand, and the Corpse Bride (Helena Bonham Carter) is unearthed, grabs Victor’s arm and informs him that they are now married. This proves to be problematic since she is dead and he is alive and since he is marrying Victoria the next morning. Victor is taken to the underworld where he meets a variety of interesting skeleton characters and is reunited with his childhood pet, Scraps.

Dove Review

Tim Burton has always lived in a dark world and this is no exception. One is immediately aware that the real world is rather colorless and the corpse world is bright and colorful. However, with that said, Mr. Burton has directed a touching, heartwarming story of love and loss.

The kids in the theater were glued to the screen as the story about a bumbling groom and a naive girl who are about to be wed in an arranged marriage unfolded. The well-told story and the music keep the young ones entertained.

Content Description

Faith: None
Violence: Man drinks poison and dies; sword and fork fight.
Sex: None
Language: D-1; a reference is made about Demons from Hell.
Violence: Man drinks poison and dies; sword and fork fight.
Drugs: Carriage driver smokes and coughs causing his death; drunken skeleton in corpse bar.
Nudity: None
Other: Dead and living people interact. Magic used without spells or potions.


Company: Warner Brothers
Producer: Allison Abbate
Genre: Adventure
Runtime: 74 min.
Starring: Voices of: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Emily Watson, Tracey Ullman, Paul Whitehouse
Reviewer: Scott Rolfe