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This book is more of a movie companion book than an artbook, although there's plenty of art to look at.

The book's divided into 3 parts:
Part 1 - Land of the Living
Part 2 - Land of the Dead
Part 3 - Going Upstairs, The Illustrated Story

You know those behind the scenes videos from movie DVDs? This book is essentially that, except in written form.

Part 1 talks about how the story was conceived, the people involved in making the movie, project development, and the challenges to handling stop motion animation. There's a lot on character design, especially the back stories that determine who they are, and how they were created physically. There are very interesting details you'll learn in the creation process. Below's a quote on controlling facial movements:

"By inserting an Allen wrench into a socket in the ears of the puppets, the animators could control various facial movements. If you put the key into the left ear and turn it in one direction, it would make the puppet smile on the left-side of the face; if you turned it the other way it would make the corner of the mouth on that side of the face droop down, giving the puppet a slightly sad expression, and vice versa on the other side."

Part 2 is about designing the movie set. It talks about the design influences on the buildings and how the sets were designed in order to facilitate shooting. There are write ups on the voice casts, animators and the music. Interesting to note is that the movie was shot using a digital SLR. A quote on the living and dead set:

"Both thematically and visually, Corpse Bride is about inversion, with the Land of the Living a gray, dead place where people are lifeless, hopeless and sad, while the Land of the Dead is full of vivacious dead people with a lust for life and joy."

On animators:

"Some will act out before the shot, others will videotape themselves and try and piece together a performance that way. Some animators sort of just go for it and sort of feel it."

Part 3 is the storyboard of the movie. This part is filled with the script, penciled storyboards and movie stills.

There are more pictures on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for my blog's link.
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on 29 September 2008
Being a fan of Tim Burton's work I was please when I stumbled across this book.
However I was rather disappointed, while the book does show of some character sketches and set designs it is rather technical and crammed with text with not many large scale images. This book would please people more interested in storyboards and stop motion animation as well as those interested in to what goes into creating a film such as voice acting and musical scores.
The storyboard also contains a lot of stills from the film, which left me feeling that I was better off just watching the film rather than reading the book, especially as it was accompanied by song lyrics and dialogue.
Despite this the book is interesting, it just takes a bit more investment into reading it fully.
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on 10 May 2008
If you like Tim Burtons film the Corpse Bride then this is the perfect compainion, drawings by Tim Burton, pictures of the film set everything you could want to see or know about it.

The back of the book says -

'This inspired volume showcases spectacular movie stills, sketches, paintings, and Tim Burtons own drawings. Covering pre-production, productio and post-production, sections detail character realization, set developments and construction, puppet fabrication, costuming, and stop motion filming - all the wonderful intricacies of the elaborate process. The books final part retells the films story in images with synopsis, storyboards, and lyrics.'
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on 28 April 2011
This is a beautifully produced behind the scenes book.Full of great artwork and information on the design and making of The Corpse Bride.My only disappointment was that it doesnt show much of the workings of the puppets,with their intricate mechanisms.Although it's understandable that Mackinnon Saunders (the puppet makers)don't want to give away their trade secrets,I would have loved to have seen more of them.Having said that,if you are a fan of the film or of production and character design you should love this book.Author Salisbury, as always,writes in an entertaining and informative way.
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on 29 March 2014
This is a small book but with lots of info & concept art of the film. Nice to add to any animation-collection.
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on 6 June 2016
Excellent book, a good insight into the making of the film.
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on 1 December 2016
Realy good book and from a good seller .
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on 23 February 2015
Very good
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