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31 Days of Horror Day 12: "I Do!"

Title of Movie: Corpse Bride

Actors: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Emily Watson, Tracey Ullman, Paul Whitehouse. Joanna Lumley, Albert Finney

Quotable Line: 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.

Director: Tim Burton and Mike Johnson

Released: 2005

The Skinny: When an arranged marriage between Victor Van Dort and Victoria Everglot reaches the rehearsals, Victor starts to worry. Spending time alone in the forest, Victor decides to practice on his own. Everything seems to go well, until he accidentally puts the ring upon the hand of a corpse. Before he knows it, Victor is in the land of dead and now has a corpse bride. Whilst everyones worries about who Victoria will marry in the land of the living, Victor desperately finds a way to get back.

The Good:This movie is beautifully animated, the songs are great, the story is beautiful and the humor is quite well done. This is a movie that is excellent in just about every way. The animation is beautiful, and is up there with some of the best stop motion animated movies of all time. The characters are very entertaining and you really feel for the Bride. The allegory that the living world is actually the dead one and the world of the dead is beautiful and vibrant and just teeming with life is a wonderful one. Highly recommended.

The Bad: The songs are just not all that memorable.

The Ugly: The circumstances behind why the Corpse Bride became a corpse.

My final verdict: 4 skeletal dogs out of 5.


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