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Trivia / Corpse Bride

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  • Billing Displacement: Richard E. Grant, the main villain, is billed below Christopher Lee, whose role is more or less The Cameo and is not the main villain for once.
  • Blooper: As impressive as the stop-motion animation is, it's still not without its occasional goofs. Some are rather minor and very unlikely to notice (and can even be Handwaved as events and actions that happen offscreen). Others, not so much. A few examples...
    • During the scene where Victor accidentally "marries" Emily, he places the ring on her index finger. A few shots later, the ring has somehow moved to her ring finger.
    • Victor receiving a gift box containing his dead dog Scraps. A couple shots after Scraps appears and reassembles, said gift box mysteriously disappears.
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    • A very glaring one right at the beginning of the film involving Lord Barkis' entrance. During the opening sequence, as two old men greet each other and walk by, Barkis...appears out of nowhere.
  • Cast the Runner-Up: Helena Bonham Carter was originally going to voice Victoria. She asked to voice Emily instead, since she already played characters similar to Victoria in live-action.
  • Doing It for the Art: The various figures used in the film were animated using a very intricate clockwork system built inside of them, replacing the stop-motion industry standards of using multiple expressive heads.
  • Dueling Movies: With Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, another stop-motion horror themed animated film starring Helena Bonham Carter. By all accounts, however, the two parties were hugely supportive of one another.
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  • Fake Brit: American Johnny Depp as Victor, Victorian British gentleman.
  • In Memoriam: The late Joe Ranft served as executive producer, with the film being one of two dedicated to his memory (the other being Cars).
  • Playing Against Type: Anyone who is introduced to Johnny Depp via his role in this movie as the shy and soft-spoken Victor Van Dort will be surprised to find that he usually plays characters that are practically the exact opposite (a good example being Jack Sparrow).
  • Production Posse: Even if it's animated, it's still one of many Tim Burton films to star Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and, to a lesser extent, Christopher Lee, with a soundtrack by, you guessed it, Danny Elfman. It also features Michael Gough, who was Alfred Pennyworth in both of Burton's Batman films, but also voiced the Dodo in Burton's adaptation of Alice in Wonderland.
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  • Talking to Himself: Completely averted. Despite a good number of minor characters having the same voice actor, none of them speak to each other. For example, Mayhew and William Van Dort are both voiced by Paul Whitehouse and have some interaction together but never say a word to each other.
  • Typecasting: Emily is essentially an animated version of Helena Bonham Carter's dark nutcase characters she played in live action.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Bonejangles was originally written for another musician to sing. But after they couldn't find a voice that fit, Tim Burton asked Danny Elfman to sing it himself.
    • Sam Neill was the original choice to voice Finis Everglot.
    • In an early draft of the script, Barkis was not Emily's former fiancé, but a highwayman who robbed her on the way to her wedding and choked her to death. Emily recognized the ring he gave Victoria as her own that had been stolen. Barkis also did not die but was imprisoned for his crime, with the undead merely promising to deal out a punishment when he eventually crossed over to their world.
    • The original solution to the complication with Emily's marriage to Victor did not require his death. The vows weren't binding merely because Emily had not said her own in response to his. They just needed to return to the Land of the Living so she could. Upon learning this, Emily had to hastily come up with an excuse to get there and have a proper ceremony without Victor finding out the truth as she was afraid that if he knew they weren't truly wed, he'd leave her.


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