Tuesday, October 11, 2005

eyeCandy: Corpse Bride (2005) 4/5

Tim Burton is another one of my favourite directors - his work is almost always identifiable without even looking at the credits and Corpse Bride, which he co-directs with Mike Johnson (the PJs - director, James and the Giant Peach - animator), is no exception. Visually this is classic Burton, although interpreted through the fascinating lens of stop-motion claymation. Wherein a typical Burton film the sets and costumes evoke his peculiar vision, here this has been extended through every aspect of the presentation, including the physiology of the "cast" (which is a little more difficult to accomplish when using human actors ;-) ).

The story revolves around Victor (voiced by Johnny Depp, a popular Burton co-conspirator) who, on his way to his arranged marriage, accidentally weds a corpse in the forest (really :-) ). The story, which is actually quite heartfelt as it unfolds, isn't really the focus of this short (76 minute) feature, however. Moreso it is a tour through Burton's quirky imagination, though unfortunately laced with a few too many musical numbers for my taste.

I can't really recommend this movie for anyone who wouldn't typically be interested in animated (or "clay"-mated) fare - there's just not quite enough to hold your interest if you don't find this stuff visually compelling. But for those who like this type of production, it is certainly another welcome addition to the genre.
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10/11/2005 10:18:00 p.m.  


Anonymous John said...

I can't can't can't can't wait to see that movie it looks fantastic. I saw Charlie Wonka at an Imax and I thought he did a super job paying hommage to such a great movie from my youth. And Corpse Bride looks as good if not better than The Nightmare Before Christmas…

Did you ever see the book he did of children's stories? It was pretty cool - he definitely has a very neat, illustrative way that transcends a lot of mediums.

A friend of mine in L.A. went (along with hoards of others) to a garage sale that he had at one of his storage garages and said the stuff he was selling (old oil pants and such) was interesting to see if you were a fan of him, which clearly she was.

Anyway, I am very excited to see that movie.

Coincidentally, did your sis forward you the logo I did up for Osmosis?

October 12, 2005 8:00 p.m.  
Blogger Jeff MacArthur said...

Hi John - Corpse Bride has a lot in common with Nightmare Before Christmas - thankfully (for me), there's not as many songs! :-)

And yeah, I saw your logo for OsmosisIA - very cool. We're in the middle of a major web redesign project now, but we'll get in touch when we're done. Thanks!

October 13, 2005 8:06 p.m.  
Anonymous john said...

Yah, I got enough of Jack Skellington singing too.

October 13, 2005 10:33 p.m.  

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