Picks and Pans Review: Tim Burton's Corpse Bride

updated 09/26/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/26/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Voices by Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter

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A gothic comic tale of love lost and found, this short (74 minutes) film codirected by Tim Burton (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) is a puzzlement. Who's the target audience? Its story—about a considerate young Englishman (well-voiced by Depp) who finds himself mistakenly wed to a dead woman (Bonham Carter)—is too scary and weird for smallfry. And it's too brief and insubstantial for adults seeking a Saturday night at the movies. That leaves masses of fans of Burton and animation, who will be more than pleased by the film's dark humor and dazzling stop-motion technique. While more appetizer than entree, this is still a lively—and entertaining—Corpse. (PG)

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