YMMV: Corpse Bride

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: This web reviewer repeatedly refers to Emily as "date rapey". Considering she at one point uses magic to pull Victor away from Victoria and back to the world of the dead against his will, the reviewer might have a point.
  • Awesome Music: It comes with having Danny Elfman produce the soundtrack. "Remains of the Day" and "The Wedding Song" are good examples.
  • Ear Worm: "The Remains of the Day", Dear God!
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Bonejangles, the walking, talking, singing, swinging skeleton voiced by Danny Elfman himself.
  • Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: One possible interpretation is that the dead are lost souls in purgatory, explaining Emily being redeemed in the end.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Your girlfriend is going to marry someone else? No problem, just chug down a bottle of poison and you can live in the way-cooler land of the dead forever!
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Victor/Emily as opposed to Victor/Victoria. Though if the fans invoke Die for Our Ship, they might be missing the point...
  • Hollywood Homely: Victoria has 'the face of an otter' and is a disgrace to her family.
    • Ironically, Victoria's one of the most HUMAN-looking of the puppets in this production.
    • Likely, her parents say this just because they are assholes who need someone to look down on.
  • Misaimed Fandom: The Victor/Emily contingent of the fandom conveniently ignores the fact that, had this pairing come to pass, it would've made almost everyone involved miserable. Victor would have to kill himself and leave everything he knows behind, Emily would feel awful about forcing the man she loves to commit suicide, Victoria would be trapped in a loveless marriage to Barkis and would likely be murdered shortly after, the Van Dorts would lose their son, and the Everglots would go bankrupt and probably lose their daughter in fairly short order. The only one who would've even remotely benefitted would be Barkis, whose crimes would've remained completely unexposed.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Lord Barkis Bittern crossed the line a long time ago after he murdered Emily in cold blood to steal her dowry.
  • Narm: When someone from the land of the dead decides to go up to the land of the living, to go back, they have to say "Hopscotch". Emily even sounds like she stifles a giggle when first saying it (though to be fair, she says it again in a scene where she's supposed to look frightening, and it detracts little, if anything, from the effectiveness of Emily's Death Glare in said scene).
  • Retroactive Recognition: The animation staff assembled for the film would eventually become Laika.
  • Squick: Despite being directed by Tim Burton, this is ultimately a family film and doesn't contain anything too disgusting or disturbing for kids. Some parts of the movie do tend to skirt the line, though, such as the man who splits in half and exposes his organs.
  • The Woobie: Emily could qualify, in a... weird way. She was killed by the man she fell in love with, then she's rejected by her new (unwilling) husband, and THEN she ends up letting him go although he was ready to join her in the afterlife. Damn, she really needs a hug.
    • To be honest, all three of the leads have their Woobie moments. Almost all of which are caused by Barkis, one way or another. Victor in particular is definitely a Woobie — the animators on the film started in an interview that they endeavored to make Victor as pathetic as possible.