Friday, September 09, 2005
Burton's 'Corpse Bride' animates Venice(CNN)
Wednesday, September 7, 2005; Posted: 5:39 a.m. EDT (09:39 GMT)
VENICE, Italy (Reuters) -- In Tim Burton's ghoulish but hilarious animation movie "
For his latest film showcased at the Venice Film Festival on Wednesday, the director used painstaking "stop-motion" animation techniques with models, setting it apart from the more common computer generation used in hits like "Shrek" and "Toy Story."
The film which took Burton 10 years to bring to the screen is not in competition for the Golden Lion this year, but the thunderous reception it received at a preview for the press and critics late on Tuesday suggested it may have been a contender.
When Victor, the bumbling hero voiced by Johnny Depp, wanders into the woods outside his town, a twist of fate takes him to life beyond the grave.
The surprise arrival of a "breather" in their midst prompts skeleton band The Skeletones to strike up, a severed head scuttles across the bar at the Ball and Socket pub and a general with a cannon ball-sized hole in his chest knocks back a glass of wine.
Emily, the decomposing damsel who believes she is betrothed to the living Victor, has the unfortunate habit of losing an eye whenever the worm inside her head pops out to make a point.
Based on a Russian folk tale, Corpse Bride also features the voices of Helena Bonham Carter as the corpse bride and Emily Watson as Victoria. Christopher Lee is the authoritarian pastor and Richard E. Grant the sinister Barkis Bittern.