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October 06, 2005

CORPSE BRIDE

COLE SMITHEY

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ColeSmithey.com"Better Off Dead" would have been a better title choice for Tim Burton’s self-indulgently macabre attempt at creating an animated underworld of gleeful singing corpses.

Burton and co-director Mike Johnson set the quirky animated action in a drab 19th-century English town where one very lonely Victor Van Dort (voiced by Johnny Depp) is uncomfortably poised to marry a poor little rich girl Victoria (Emily Watson).

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Victor makes the mistake of practicing his wedding vows in a forest where his Corpse Bride’s (Helena Bonham Carter) hand receives the wedding ring intended for Victoria. Victor is pulled beneath the earth where a festive world of dancing and singing corpses await new additions to their number.

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As Victor struggles to get back to Victoria while falling in love with his Corpse Bride, the story becomes a muddled and unpleasant affair that makes being dead look a lot more fun than the dreary lives Victoria and Victor are doomed to lead.

"Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride" is a children's movie of very limited appeal.

Rated PG. 76 mins.

1 Star

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