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Tim Burton gets animated.What have we done to deserve this? A few short months after the release of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory we have another Tim Burton extravaganza. Corpse Bride comes from a Russian folk tale about a man who accidentally marries a corpse on the night before his arranged marriage is to take place. But Burton injects the tale with his own unique twist.
Corpse Bride is a return to the stop-motion animation that Burton first wowed us with The Nightmare Before Christmas, which he co-wrote in 1993. Last time out Burton produced while Henry Selick directed. This time round he perches half a butt-cheek on the director’s chair alongside Mike Johnson.
“Working with stop-motion animation on Nightmare, I remember there was something very emotional about that medium rather than other forms of animation,” says the maverick Burton. “When I heard the story of the Corpse Bride it just seemed like the right project for the right medium.”
Stop-motion animation uses real figurines and it’s a time consuming process. In Corpse Bride it’s backed up by some minor CGI and looks even better than the stunning visuals seen in The Nightmare Before Christmas. That it looks tremendous should come as no surprise, as visionary genius combined with a fascination for the outsider has been the hallmark of Burton’s brilliant career.
It’s been two decades since Burton arrived on our cinema screens with the charming Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. In that time, he’s set the template for dark comic book adaptations with his two underrated Batman movies. Five of his most wonderful films have starred Johnny Depp. In Corpse Bride, Depp donates his dulcet tones to the primary protagonist Victor Van Dort.
Burton’s last three films, Big Fish, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and now Corpse Bride have seen him take a less macabre approach. It’s a change which his partner, actress Helena Bonham Carter, attributes to the birth of their son Billy Ray in 2003. Without a doubt, Billy Ray’s dad is one of the great directors working today.
Corpse Bride, on national release 21 October 05.
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comment by wonderlake Oct 28, 2005omni~ have you watched this then?
I felt bad about not thinking it was better because Icky paid me in
comment by rowan Oct 24, 2005What do you love about Burton's films omniJalbu?
comment by omniJalbu Oct 24, 2005i believ tim burton is a genius
although i think his movie are better than animation
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