Corpse Bride is a fun, cute little movie. Oddly enough, it is a musical, but it feels like it’s just a musical out of obligation. The songs are sporadic and infrequent, and except for the big number the skeletons do, most of the songs kind of just lie there. They pop up like the movie’s going, um, I guess I’m supposed to sing now? Only the skeleton song is notable, and even then I can barely remember how it goes.
Visually, it’s lovely, and there are some clever character designs. Outrageous caricatures brought to animated three-dimensional life. The story is thin and the movie is brief, but it seems about right for the storybook feel. And I did feel for the characters and wonder how the love triangle would be solved. It’s an impressive trick to make an audience think, maybe he should stay with the corpse… I don’t want him to break her heart… and she is pretty hot. The fact that her skeletal limbs fall off sometimes, that’s actually kind of cool. You could totally deal with that.
The rules of the story don’t make much sense. Why can the Corpse Bride rise up out of the ground one minute, and needs a spell to go to the living world the next? Is the land of the dead full of souls or corpses? If corpses, does that one dead character show up in the land of the dead before his body could plausibly have been buried? If souls, why all the decomposition? Where does Victor’s body go when he’s down there? And more, which I won’t say because it might spoil the plot. As far as this stuff goes, you just have to go with the flow and don’t sweat the details.