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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.
  • The Danza: Averted - Emily Watson voices the role of Victoria while Emily the Corpse Bride is voiced by Helena Bonham-Carter.
  • 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 animated film starring Helena Bonham-Carter. By all accounts, however, the two parties were hugely supportive of one another.
  • Fake Brit: American Johnny Depp as Victor, Victorian British gentleman.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • Typecasting: Emily is essentially an animated version of Helena Bonham Carter's dark nutcase characters she played in live action (see below).
  • What Could Have Been:
    • As stated on the main page in the Ink-Suit Actor entry, 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.
    • 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.


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