Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride is a stop-motion animation film produced and directed by Tim Burton in 2005. The film was nominated in the 78th Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature but it lost to Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, another clay stop-motion animation film, even though some supporters thought Corpse Bride should win. Corpse Bride featured an all-star cast of voices including Johnny Depp (his first film as a voice actor), a veteran voice actress Helena Bonham Carter and Emily Watson. This animated film is full of Tim Burton‘s trademark and references to his previous works like The Nightmare Before Christmas and Beetlejuice.
The story is set in small English town in Victorian era. A shy young man named Victor Van Dort, son of a rich merchant family, is set in an arranged marriage with Victoria Everglot, daughter of a penniless aristocrat. On wedding rehearsal day, Victor couldn’t perform his vow perfectly and is forced to practice it in the woods. After he could remember all the word, he practice his perfectly correct vow to a branch of tree without knowing that it’s actually a corpse of a dead bride named Emily, who was killed on her wedding day while waiting for her groom. Victor has been taken to the land of the dead. He has to find his way back to the world of the living.