Now married to of one of the dead, Victor finds himself among the morbid creatures of the underworld. He must now try to find a way to make things right, so he can return to his true love. Despite the ghastly circumstances, Victoria vows to help him.
Victor’s decomposing bride turns out to be quite sympathetic, though, and Victoria must deal with evil forces at work in the land of the living, as a mysterious newcomer manipulates the strange events to assure that things go his way.
In true Tim Burton fashion, “Corpse Bride” is darkly romantic, and full of everything macabre. His characters represent the scariest prototypes of Halloween lore, but they are crafted in as benign a way as possible. Only Tim Burton would attempt to make a flesh-eating maggot an endearing character. He turns everything upside down in stop-motion animation, and the scariest and coldest creatures on the outside just might be the some of the warmest on the inside.
Note to Parents on "Corpse Bride"
Although the story is animated, many of the characters are decomposing and gruesome. Images of corpses and skeletons, though they are usually dancing and singing, will be scary and very unsettling to young children. The movie also contains many frightening and suspenseful scenes which are intensified by scary music.
The bitter-sweet storyline incorporates mature themes such as death, forced marriage, suicide and murder. The grave circumstances surrounding the murder of the corpse bride are discussed, and during one scene in the movie, someone is stabbed with a knife. The actual stabbing is not shown, but several characters chase each other with knives or swords. Also, one man dies by poison.
"Corpse Bride" Content Overview
The following contains some of the most prominent examples of possibly scary or offensive content in the movie:
-Lord Barkis holds a knife to Victoria's neck.
-Lord Barkis goes after Victor with a sword.
-After a man suffers death by poison, several dead people follow after him menacingly.
-The corpse bride wears a revealing wedding gown.
-The word "damn" is used.
-The dead people are often shown in a bar with drinks being served in mugs.
Bad/Disrespectful Behavior (Medium)
-Both Victor and Victoria's parents want to marry them off for selfish reasons.
-Victoria's parents say she has a face like an otter.
-Lord Barkis wants to marry Victoria for her dowry.
Scary Scenes (High)
-Scenes listed under violence may be scary for children.
-When Victor places the ring on the corpse bride's finger, her hand comes from out of the ground and grabs him. She chases him through the woods.
-The decomposing dead body of the corpse bride, especially her eye that pops out when the maggot in her head wants to talk, and other characters may be very unsettling and scary to children.
-The dead people crash a wedding dinner, and at first the scene is suspenseful and scary, but it turns out to be humorous in the end.
Sad/Distressing Scenes (Medium)
-The story is told of how the corpse bride was murdered.
-The corpse bride is heart-broken when she finds out that Victor is in love with someone else.
Discuss "Corpse Bride" with Your Family
After seeing "Corpse Bride," kids may have questions about death and the afterlife.
- Kids may also have questions about arranged marraiges. During one scene in the movie, Victoria's mother asks her, "Do you think your father and I like each other?" She then replies to her own question, "Of course not."