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.
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.