Corpse Bride to Rise at Toronto

On the heels of its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride will make its North American debut at the Toronto Int’l Film Festival on Saturday, September 10. The film is one of three upcoming releases Warner Bros. will be unveiling at the 30th annual fest next month.

Corpse Bride is based on a 19th century Eastern European folk tale. Oscar nominee Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Sleepy Hollow), provides the voice of Victor, a young man who is whisked away to the underworld and wed to a mysterious woman, voiced by Helena Bonham-Carter (The Wings of the Dove). Though life in the Land of the Dead proves to be a lot more colorful than his strict Victorian upbringing, Victor learns that there is nothing in this world, or the next, that can keep him away from his one true love, played by Emily Watson (Punch-Drunk Love, Equilibrium).

The film’s star-studded voice cast also includes Albert Finney (Big Fish, Traffic), Joanna Lumley (James and the Giant Peach, TV’s Absolutely Fabulous) and Christopher Lee (Sleepy Hollow, Lord of the Rings trilogy, Star Wars: Episodes II and III).

Directed by Mike Johnson and Tim Burton, Corpse Bride is produced by Burton and Allison Abbate from a screenplay by John August, Caroline Thompson and Pamela Pettler. The film is scheduled to arrive in theaters Friday, September 23. For an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the production, pick up the September issue of Animation Magazine, available now by subscription and at Barnes & Noble locations.

Warner Bros.’ slate of Toronto debuts also includes the blue-collar drama North Country, from Whale Rider director Niki Caro and starring Charlize Theron (Aeon Flux, Monster), Frances McDormand (Aeon Flux, Fargo) and Sissy Spacek (In the Bedroom, Carrie); and Lethal Weapon scribe Shane Black’s directorial debut, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, an action-comedy-thriller starring Robert Downey Jr. (Chaplin), Val Kilmer (Spartan) and Michelle Monaghan (Mr. and Mrs. Smith).