Corpse Bride

Question: In one of the extras, Tim Burton says that he got the idea for Corpse Bride from a story. He said just that it was just a few paragraphs, but what is the story that he is talking about?

Chosen answer: It's a 19th century Russian Jewish folk-tale - the story starts quite similarly, with the lead character saying his vows while putting the ring on what he believes to be a stick. The tale generally finishes with the rabbis annulling the marriage and the living bride vowing to honour the memory of the corpse bride throughout her marriage - which ties into the Jewish tradition of honouring the dead through the lives of the living.

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Question: What are the titles of the piano pieces played in the movie.

Chosen answer: A search on Google for sheet music just shows the titles of the tunes to be how they are listed on the soundtrack: Victor's Piano Solo, or Corpse Bride (Main Theme), or The Piano Duet. A web site (http://www.bluntinstrument.org.uk) suggests that "Victor's Piano Solo" appears to ape the famous moody first movement of Beethoven's 'Moonlight' piano sonata.

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Question: What is the song played in the trailer for this movie at www.apple.com/trailers?

Chosen answer: "In the Hall of the Mountain King" by Edvard Grieg.

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Mistakes

In the fight between Barkis and Victor in the church, Victor slashes at Barkis with the fork and leaves 3 very noticable tears in Barkis' jacket. These tears aren't seen in any of the subsequent shots.

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Trivia

There is a very popular picture advertising this film that shows Emily and Victor reaching their hands toward one another. If you notice, in that particular picture, Emily's bony hand is on her right and Victor's suit and vest are backwards (note its buttons). Some say it was for legal reasons - that Johnny Depp's name was supposed to appear on the poster first because of a contract, and they wanted the characters under the corresponding names, hence the issue. Others say that it was because the picture simply looked better with the bride on the right side. Whatever it is, it's still a very interesting fact about the film.

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