Set in a 19th-century european village, this stop-motion animation feature follows the story of Victor, a young man whisked away to the underworld and wed to a mysterious corpse bride, while his real bride Victoria waits bereft in the land of the living.
|Release Date||:||September 12, 2005|
|Genres||:||Romance, Fantasy, Animation, Music|
|Production Company||:||Warner Bros., Tim Burton Productions, Laika Entertainment, Patalex Productions|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America|
|Director||:||Tim Burton, Mike Johnson, Ezra Sumner|
|Writers||:||John August, Caroline Thompson, Pamela Pettler, Tim Burton, Carlos Grangel, Padraig Collins, Tim Watts, Alex Hillkurtz, Brendan Houghton, Chris Butler, Mike Cachuela, Matt Jones, Kaz, Emily Mantell|
|Casts||:||Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Emily Watson, Tracey Ullman, Paul Whitehouse, Joanna Lumley, Albert Finney, Richard E. Grant, Christopher Lee, Michael Gough, Jane Horrocks, Enn Reitel, Deep Roy, Danny Elfman, Stephen Ballantyne, Lisa Kay|
|Plot Keywords||:||shyness, england, cheating, old town, grave, skeleton, musical, marriage, wedding ring, stop motion, animation, money, wedding, corpse, wedding ceremony, parents, dark fantasy, european, ring, piano|
I probably would have liked this movie more if I had not already seen - many times - "The Nightmare Before Christmas" which was a brilliant and original piece of work. This movie does share some of that movie's qualities - haunting soundtrack, bumbling authority figures, a tall thin protagonist who is searching for something, a heroine whose limbs easily detach, and a dear departed house pet. It also has some interesting ideas of its own - the living looking and acting as though they were already dead, versus the dead living it up, since they have no more worries and forever to look forward to with the prospect of all of their loved ones returning to them one by one. In fact, the only time the living seem happy in this film is when the dead return to the land of the living for a truly unique wedding and instead of menacing or haunting the living, there are tearful and happy reunions. However, the individual characters in this film are just not that interesting.
In short, even though all of the characters in "The Nightmare Before Christmas" are dead, they just seem more alive and motivated than the characters in this film. Also, this movie is darker than "Nightmare" and not as funny, so kids under 10 might find it too intense and probably not as interesting. Thus, although it is worthwhile viewing, I'm just afraid that Tim Burton set the bar too high with his previous animated film.