Corpse Bride

2005

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GENERAL INFORMATION

Set in a 19th-century European village, this stop-motion animated feature follows the story of Victor (voiced by Johnny Depp), a young man whisked away to the underworld and wed to a mysterious Corpse Bride while his real bride waits bereft in the land of the living. Though life in the Land of the Dead proves to be a lot more colorful than his strict upbringing, Victor learns that there is nothing in this world - or the next - that can keep him away from his one true love. It's a tale of optimism, romance and a very lively afterlife, told in classic Burton style.

Director: Tim Burton

Cast: Johnny Depp, Emily Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Christopher Lee

Awards & Nominations:

2006 ACADEMY AWARDS (OSCARS):
Best Animated Feature Film of the Year: Tim Burton, Mike Johnson (Nominated)

2006 ACADEMY OF SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY & HORROR FILMS:
Saturn Award - Best Animated Film (Won)

2006 ANNIE AWARDS:
Best Animated Feature (Nominated)
Best Directing in an Animated Feature Production: Mike Johnson, Tim Burton (Nominated)
Ub Iwerks Award for Technical Achievement (Won)
Best Character Design in an Animated Feature Production: Carlos Grangel (Nominated)

2006 ARGENTINEAN FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION AWARDS:
Best Foreign Film, Not in the Spanish Language: Tim Burton (Nominated)

2006 BROADCAST FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION AWARDS:
Best Animated Feature (Nominated)

2006 ITALIAN NATIONAL SYNDICATE OF FILM JOURNALISTS:
Best Director - Foreign Film: Tim Burton (Nominated)

2006 KIDS' CHOICE AWARDS:
Favorite Voice from an Animated Feature: Johnny Depp (Nominated)

2006 MOTION PICTURE SOUND EDITORS:
Golden Reel Award: Best Sound Editing in Feature Film - Animated (Nominated)

2005 NATIONAL BOARD OF REVIEW:
Best Animated Feature (Won)

2006 ONLINE FILM CRITICS SOCIETY AWARDS:
Best Animated Feature (Nominated)

2006 PGA GOLDEN LAUREL AWARDS:
Motion Picture Producer of the Year Award: Animated Motion Picture: Tim Burton, Allison Abbate (Nominated)

2005 SATELLITE AWARDS:
Outstanding Motion Picture, Animated or Mixed Media (Nominated)
Outstanding Original Score: Danny Elfman (Nominated)

2006 SATELLITE AWARDS:
Best DVD Extras (Nominated)

2005 VENICE FILM FESTIVAL:
Future Film Festival Digital Award: Mike Johnson, Tim Burton (Won)

2005 WASHINGTON DC AREA FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION AWARDS:
Best Animated Film (Nominated)

2006 YOUNG ARTIST AWARDS:
Best Family Feature Film - Animation (Nominated)


ABOUT THIS MOVIE

(Compiled by Patricia)

Quotes from Johnny Depp:

"Somehow, in my mind, I thought we would do The Corpse Bride in a couple of months. Suddenly, one day on the set, Tim comes up to me and says, 'What about tonight? We're going to record something for Corpse Bride.' I say, 'Yeah, we can.' I had no character so I sat him down and grilled him for 15 minutes. That's how I found the guy."
--Johnny Depp
Cinema Confidential
September 2005

"He's a character that's not so far away from other characters that I've played in the past for Tim, like Edward Scissorhands. He's sort of an outsider, bumbling, insecure, nervous - a lot like me in life... The feeling of failure... Feeling inept and unable to be understood."
--Johnny Depp
Cinema Confidential
September 2005

"Working with Tim is like going home to this place that is very comfortable, even with knowledge that there's a lot of risks you have to take and you really have to be prepared to explore but there's great comfort there and great safety there. The fact that he keeps casting me is either huge luck or a great mistake on his part."
--Johnny Depp
Cinema Confidential
September 2005

"The funny thing is with my kids - my daughter's six and my boy is three - my daughter, she's quite calm and ladylike and princessy so she can sit there and watch a movie and not get real antsy. Normally, my boy will watch for about three and a half seconds, then sprint as fast as he can across the room to go and break something. With this film, we watched Corpse Bride together, my boy sat on my lap and watched the entire film, just didn't move, just riveted. Loved it. Which says a lot. It's pretty full, this movie."
--Johnny Depp
IESB
September 2005

"Your job is to pull these words off the paper, salt and pepper them, just layer them with stuff and then send it out there in a very non-organic environment. So I wouldn't say it's as difficult as filmmaking/moviemaking, but it wasn't so easy either."
--Johnny Depp
IESB
September 2005

Quotes from others:

'One of the things that we were trying to do with this show was the complexities of relationships and love. There is both passion and longing and a bittersweet quality to it that is a part of life.'
--Tim Burton
Life Story Magazine

'Any fable or fairytale has some sort of reality in it. That's why I think I love the form of fantasy or fairytale, is that you're able to kind of put things in there and let people sort of, discover their own emotion, discover their own sort of feelings about things. Or make their own lessons from it.'
--Tim Burton
At the Movies
Nov. 17, 2005

'[Johnny] always does disappear -- that's the thing about him. I felt so lucky with this cast. Really, when I read the names of the cast in 'Corpse Bride,' I'd go, 'I just can't believe it,' because they're all such great people and voices. Everybody, Johnny included, just came in and just hit it. It was really great."
--Tim Burton
At The Movies
February 16, 2006