Art and Design Fantasy

Re-watched Corpse Bride

Watched Corpse Bride by Tim Burton from

Corpse Bride is a movie starring Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, and Emily Watson. When a shy groom practices his wedding vows in the inadvertent presence of a deceased young woman, she rises from the grave assuming he has married her.

Love the Gorey-esque aesthetics and imagined vaguely Victorian world. I like that the dead world is more vibrant and lively than the living world, more colorful, more exuberant, more musical. I especially like the jazz dance number when Victor first goes underground – a fun sequence with retro lighting.

I’m not sure how I feel about the ending. Has she realized she already had acceptance and care with her loyal friends in the land of the dead, and didn’t need a man to make her whole? Has she realized she can find her own happiness and peace, or simply accepted her loss?

The first couple times I saw this I wasn’t sure I liked it or not but I’ve come down on the side of liking it. For a short movie, it covers a lot of imaginative ground, even if it has to rely on some tropes to keep the story moving fast enough. I especially like Victor and Victoria’s meet-cute and moment of connection that binds them together despite following events.

It’s kind of weird that Victor looks just like a young Johnny Depp? Overall the character design is dramatic and highly stylized, each character visually exaggerated.

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at She/her.

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