TIM BURTON'S CORPSE BRIDE
Occult, Anti-Biblical Romance with a Corpse
Release Date: September 16, 2005
Starring: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham
Carter, Emily Watson, Tracey
Ullman, and Paul Whitehouse
Genre: Animated Musical
Rating: PG for some scary images and
action, and brief mild
Runtime: 73 minutes
Distributor: Warner Bros.
Director: Tim Burton and Mike Johnson
Executive Producer: Jeffrey Auerbach and Joe Ranft
Producer: Allison Abbate and Tim Burton
Writer: John August and Pamela Pettler
Address Comments To:Barry M. Meyer, Chairman/CEO
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
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Burbank, CA 91522-0001
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Set in a stylized version of Victorian England, CORPSE BRIDE begins with the meeting of Victor Van Dort and Victoria Everglot, whose marriage has been arranged by their parents. After a humiliation at the wedding rehearsal, Victor goes walking in the woods to practice his vows. When Victor playfully slips Victoria’s ring onto a tree branch and says his “I do,” the ground begins to shake and the titular character emerges. Since death, she has been waiting in a netherworld for someone to finally marry her.
Victor is frightened by the Corpse Bride, especially when she takes him back to her home for the dead. He witnesses a cabaret act put on by skeletons and reunites with his long dead dog, who is just a yipping skeleton. Victor wants to go back to earth, especially to Victoria who he genuinely wants to marry, but his eager new bride is afraid to let him out of her sight.
The situation gets stickier when Victor finds out that, after he has been missing for only a day, Victoria’s parents have already found someone else for her to marry. Both Victor and the Corpse Bride develop plans to get what they want. Will Victor remain with the dead, or will he escape back to the living?
The movie has a playful tone, despite its cast of corpses with occasional patches of missing flesh. It sports a fascination with the otherworldly and occult while maintaining a childishness, which makes it dangerously inappropriate for young audiences. Mature viewers, on the other hand, will notice that the movie is subversive, with its Romantic outlook that values limited earthly life over eternal life – quite contrary to the Christian truth, which says that we have a perfect resurrected eternal life awaiting us. Furthermore, the movie rejects belief in a clearly defined heaven or hell and instead depicts a netherworld to which everyone peacefully retires. This is a form of universalism, which is a false theological doctrine.
Finally, the Christian priest in the movie is scary and mean. Greedy ministers, unkind priests and villainous nuns begin the unfair cultural stereotypes that many children learn from many entertainment products and then, regrettably, accept throughout life. Thus, CORPSE BRIDE ultimately has a very strong, mixed pagan worldview that often contradicts the Christian, biblical worldview.
Although very creative and frequently funny, TIM BURTON'S CORPSE BRIDE is too unsavory to recommend. Christian audiences should resist the movie’s fascination with unbiblical beliefs and the occult.
Were it not for a bizarre worldview that excludes heaven and a godly purpose for life, CORPSE BRIDE might be a charming, clever animated comedy. For example, the movie sports a fascination with the occult while maintaining a childish, witty tone, which makes it dangerously inappropriate for children. Mature viewers, on the other hand, will notice its subversive nature and outlook that values earthly life over eternal life. Although very creative and frequently funny, CORPSE BRIDE is too unsavory to recommend.