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TIM BURTON’S CORPSE BRIDE
In a small, gloomily repressed Victorian town, two shy young
people are set to be wed – although they’ve never
Crass, social-climbing canned fish tycoons Nell and William
Van Dort (voiced by Tracey Ullman and Paul Whitehouse) have
always dreamt of joining high society – but while they’re
not lacking in wealth, they’re sorely lacking in the requisite
Conversely, old-money aristocrats Maudeline and Finis Everglot
(voiced by Joanna Lumley and Albert Finney), direct descendents
of the Duke of Everglot – as they will freely profess
to anyone who will listen – are full of class but drained
of cash. Their money has long ago dried up, and all they
have left of worth is their name and social standing…and,
as it turns out, their daughter Victoria (voiced by Emily Watson).
While they’ve never seen much worth in her, she may just
be their ticket back up the social ladder, as it seems the Van
Dorts have a bachelor son, Victor (voiced by Johnny Depp).
The Everglots are willing to hold their noses and grudgingly
marry Victoria off to the son of the dreadful Van Dorts –
nouveau-riche is still riche, after all. The deal is made,
and the two families are quickly in a tizzy, as everyone is
quite excited about the impending nuptials…except for
the bride and groom. But everybody knows that marriage
isn’t about love anyway – just ask Maudeline and
Victor and Victoria first set eyes on each other on the eve
of their wedding, when the families gather for a proper introduction
between the soon-to-be-newlyweds, to be immediately followed
by a wedding rehearsal. While it’s difficult to
say who is shyer, upon their first meeting it seems possible
that against all odds, Victor and Victoria’s chance for
true love may not have been lost. But at the rehearsal,
Victor bungles his vows so badly – even before he accidentally
lights his future mother-in-law’s dress on fire –
that Pastor Galswells (voiced by Christopher Lee) sends him
away until he can manage to learn his lines correctly.
Humiliated, he wanders off into the dark forest surrounding
the village. Once he is alone, he is able to recite his
vows perfectly, even going so far as to gently place the wedding
ring on the root of a tree as a finishing touch. But it
isn’t a root after all.
Terrifyingly, the strange and beautiful decaying corpse of a
woman wearing the tattered remains of a wedding gown rises up
from the ground, wearing Victoria’s ring on her bony finger.
It seems that Victor has unwittingly betrothed himself to the
Corpse Bride (voiced by Helena Bonham Carter).
Ever since she was mysteriously murdered on her wedding night,
the Corpse Bride has waited, heartbroken, for her groom to come
and claim her. While her heart may have stopped beating
long ago, her search for true love, and a husband to share her
eternal rest with, has never ended. Victor has mistakenly
become that groom, and is dragged down beneath the earth to
the Land of the Dead, a rowdy reversal of the staid life he
has always known – in the Land of the Dead, the pubs are
always open and the corpses are more lively than anything you
will find aboveground in the dull and somber Land of the Living.
Victor tries in vain to find his way back to Victoria, who is
waiting bereft in the Land of the Living, somehow unable to
convince anyone that a dead woman has dragged her fiancé
off to the underworld. Instead of helping their daughter,
the Everglots hastily arrange a second wedding, this time to
the mysterious and sinister Barkis Bittern (voiced by Richard
E. Grant), who just happens to be in the right place at the
right time to take Victoria’s hand…
While the Corpse Bride is determined not to let him escape the
bonds of their unholy matrimony, Victor must find a way to return
from the Land of the Dead, and back into the arms of the love
of his life.
Warner Bros. Pictures presents a TIM BURTON/LAIKA ENTERTAINMENT
production, Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride, directed by MIKE
JOHNSON and TIM BURTON. The film is produced by TIM BURTON
and ALLISON ABBATE from a screenplay by JOHN AUGUST and CAROLINE
THOMPSON and PAMELA PETTLER. The executive producers are
JEFFREY AUERBACH and JOE RANFT. The director of photography
is PETE KOZACHIK; the production designer is ALEX McDOWELL;
the editors are JONATHAN LUCAS and CHRIS LEBENZON, A.C.E.; score
and songs by DANNY ELFMAN.
Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride will be released by Warner Bros.
Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
This film has been rated “PG” by the Motion Picture
Association of America for “some scary images and action,
and brief mild language.”
Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride opens in a limited release on
9/16, going wide on 9/23.
The Grand Prize Winner will receive
- Umbrella with skeleton imprint on all panels. (Be the coolest person on the street when it rains!)
- Corpse Bride Sweatshirt
- Corpse Bride Scarf
- 2 Corpse Bride Notebooks with lenticular cover
5 Second Place Winners will each receive
- Soundtrack CDs
- Weathered Baseball Caps
- Floaty Pens
- Corpse Bride T-shirts ("You are not dead. You are just married.")
5 Third Place Winners will each receive
- Corpse Bride Garters
- Skeleton Arm Key Chain
- Corpse Bride Magnet Sheets (Dress the Corpse Bride for her wedding!)
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