Set against the backdrop of a conservative Victorian village, this fantasy stop-action-animated musical delves into the bizarre experiences in the life of Victor Van Dort, a shy young man. He enters into an arranged marriage with Victoria Everglot, who is from a socially well-reputed family in dire financial straits, as his own family seeks acceptance amidst high society.
While both of them have trepidations about the marriage, they fall in love as soon as they meet each other. However, when things go wrong at the wedding rehearsal, Victor goes into the woods to practice his vows. At the culmination of his vows he places the wedding ring on what he thinks is a nearby upturned tree root.
Shockingly, the root turns out to be the finger of a murdered woman in a tattered bridal gown, who rises from the grave claiming that she is now Victor's wife and takes him to The Land of the Dead. While Victoria waits on the other side, there's a rich newcomer that may take Victor's place. How will Victor escape his corpse bride and the land of the dead, to claim his rightful place as Victoria's groom?
Did you know?
The puppets used neither of the industry standards of replaceable heads (like those used on The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)) or replaceable mouths (like those used by Aardman Studios in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)) but instead used precision crafted clockwork heads, adjusted by hidden keys. This allowed for unprecedented subtlety, but was apparently even more painstaking than the already notoriously arduous animation. One animator even reported having recurring nightmares of adjusting his own facial expression in this fashion. Read More