Depp voices Victor Van Dort, a Victorian lad who, anxious about his betrothal to the aristocratic Victoria Everglot (Watson), practices his vows in a forest. But when he slips the wedding ring on a bony finger he mistakes for an innocent branch, Van Dort become the groom of the Corpse Bride (Bonham Carter). A freewheeling, gothic fandango ensues, as Van Dort is whisked away to the underworld and Burton uncorks a bevy of ghoulish characters, including a Peter Lorre-lookalike maggot, and delectably macabre set pieces that draw equally on Fleischer Brothers cartoons and Old World folklore. Brisk and brimming with storybook design, delightful music numbers and disarming poignancy, Corpse Bride is not only Burton's triumphant return to the stop-motion techniques of Vincent and The Nightmare Before Christmas, it's also among the director's most underrated films. "While the story is affecting in itself, the vitality and beauty of the textures and movement on-screen have a special poignancy. Corpse Bride isn't the sort of thing you see every day. It's in touch with the real world, yet out of step with it. This is filmmaking straight from the land of the undead... a lush, modern valentine to old-fashioned sentiment, and to old-fashioned moviemaking, too... a living love letter."—Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.
Bing Theater | Included in double-bill, $5 admission for this film only. | Tickets: 323 857-6010 or purchase online.