For its first film in the new Back Lot Drive-In series, the Tubman Museum — winner of a “2017 Knight Cities Challenge” for this idea — will screen Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride, the 2005 animated musical fantasy film. The museum has chosen this particular film to bring a fun family experience to downtown Macon during the weekend of Halloween.
Corpse Bride, which carries a PG rating, stars Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, who provide voices for the animated film’s lead characters. It also features Emily Watson, Tracey Ullman, Albert Finney, Christopher Lee, Danny Elfman — who also produced the film’s musical score — and many other veteran actors.
The plot of the film centers around a young couple, Victor and Victoria, who are betrothed in an arrangement by their families. Through a bizarre series of event, Victor is dragged by a tree branch-turned-hand underground to the land of the dead. This hand belongs to Emily, who was murdered after eloping with her love, and she now wants to marry Victor. As the story unfolds, Victor must find his way back to above ground before his living fiancée, Victoria, is married off to another man.
The highly-acclaimed Corpse Bride was nominated for the 78th Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature, won nine different international festival and critics’ awards, and in 2008, the American Film Institute nominated the film for its Top 10 Animation Films list.
Upon its release, Corpse Bride received positive reviews from the critics:
With an 83% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the review website stated, “Corpse Bride is whimsically macabre, visually imaginative, and emotionally bittersweet.
Roger Ebert gave Corpse Bride three out of four stars, calling it “A sweet and visually lovely tale of love lost.”
Claudia Puig of USA Today gave the film three and a half stars out of four, saying “Corpse Bride is an unexpectedly touching celebration of love told in a quirky and inventive style.”
Bill Muller of The Arizona Republic gave the film four out of five stars, saying “Corpse Bride is a delightful mix of strange goings-on and imaginatively crafted puppetry, a wild ride through Burton’s chaotic, splendidly original world.”
Terry Lawson of the Detroit Free Press gave the film three out of four stars, saying “There’s a happy Halloween in store even for children who aren’t allowed to trick or treat, and it’s courtesy of Tim Burton’s animated Corpse Bride.”
Bruce Westbrook of The Houston Chronicle gave the film three and a half stars out of four, saying “Amazingly fluid and drop-dead gorgeous, Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride is the best-looking, stop-motion animation film ever.”
The Tubman Museum invites everyone to join us for this FREE event — the inaugural screening of Back Lot Drive-In at The Tubman on Saturday, October 28, at 8:30 p.m. The parking lot on the Poplar Street side of the Tubman Museum will open for drive-in parking at 6:00 p.m.
The Tubman Museum’s “Back Lot Drive-In at The Tubman” series — a winner of the 2017 Knight Cities Challenge — is brought to you by the generous support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.