Sunday, October 02, 2005


Warner Bros just released its new animated feature Corpse Bride on 23rd September. It might be the Best Animation Feature of Oscar this year.
"Corpse Bride" is set in in a 19th century European village. This stop-motion, animated feature follows the story of Victor, a young man who is whisked away to the underworld and wed to a mysterious Corpse Bride called Emily, while his real bride, Victoria, waits bereft in the land of the living. Although life in the Land of the Dead proves to be a lot more colorful than his strict Victorian upbringing, Victor learns that there is nothing in this world, or the next, that can keep him away from his one true love.
Victor is voiced by Johnny Depp, and reflects the current trend in animation by also looking like Johnny Depp. The movie's another inspiration is to make Emily a figure of sympathy, not horror. She lost her own chance at happiness when she was murdered on the eve of her wedding and now wants to be a good wife for Victor.
Director Burton and his co-director, Mike Johnson, use the stop-motion technique, which means taking puppets -- about a foot tall -- and painstakingly moving them half a millimeter at a time to achieve a subtlety of expression beyond the range of CGI. It takes a twelve-hour work day to produce even a second or two of usable footage. Burton used stop-motion in 1993's The Nightmare Before Christmas, but the digital improvements at his disposal now really make it sing.
By the way, Corpse Bride will be released on 27th Oct in New Zealand.




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