Favorite animated Tim Burton leading lady: Sally or Corpse Bride? | The Tylt
Tim Burton has given us a slew of odd characters throughout his career. There’s Edward Scissorhands, who’s a dude named Edward with scissors for hands; Jack Skellington, Pumpkin King and Christmas enthusiast; and many more. Two of the best, however, are stop-motion leading ladies Sally and Emily (a.k.a., the Corpse Bride). The first is an intelligent Frankenstein monster who has to put up with bureaucratic nonsense, while the other is a rebound to the deadest degree. Which one’s your favorite?
Favorite animated Tim Burton leading lady: Sally or Corpse Bride?
Sally’s a champ. As voiced by the lovely Catherine O’Hara, not only was Sally created from various body parts by some creep doctor who basically just wanted a live-in babysitter (our PG interpretation of that whole situation), but her kind-of-bae, Jack Skellington (Chris Sarandon), is completely clueless that Sally’s into him. Typical dude.
Seriously, what more could Sally do to drop a hint? She gives Jack a gift basket full of things he loves to cheer him up, for Christ’s sakes, friggin’ breaking herself in the process. When Zero asks him about it later, you can bet your bottom dollar Jack’s response was, “Yeah, I don’t know, I don’t think she’s really that into me.”
Love problems aside, Sally is tragically the smartest person in the whole of “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Like a Frankenstein Cassandra, no one listens to any of her warnings until it’s too late. It’s bureaucracy in stop-motion form: Sally goes to each individual person at every level, only for nothing to get done (at all). Then, inevitably, everything blows up like your aunt on too much eggnog, and Sally nearly gets killed in the process.
Luckily, Jack finally gets his act together and saves Sally in the nick of time. Their first kiss is a bona fide “Aww” moment, making for one of the only romantic blink-182 lyrics around.
Tim Burton’s “Corpse Bride” has to be one of the most underappreciated films of all time. The story is about a lanky guy named Victor (Johnny Depp), who is forced into an engagement with a girl he fortunately ends up really liking (Emily Watson). Unfortunately, Victor’s kind of awk’ (his main selling point, aside for having legs to die for, is that he plays the piano beautifully), and while practicing his vows in the woods, he accidentally marries a dead woman. If you haven't seen the film and this sounds weird to you, trust us, it works.
The titular corpse bride, Emily (Helena Bonham Carter), makes an entrance that probably made the movie’s childhood demographic collectively poo its pants. After the initial trauma, though, the audience finds itself falling in love with Emily. For one thing, she pulls the whole decaying thing off really well; for another, she has really been through it. Emily fell in love with some guy that ended up murdering her in the woods, and now she’s hung up on another guy who’d rather not touch her. Poor girl cannot catch a break.
Emily’s a feisty one, though. For an animated character, her range of facial expressions is a mood. This becomes particularly evident when the men in her life annoy her, and she just can't with them at the moment.
Luckily, Emily has a solid crew to cheer her up along the way. She also has her own version of a happy ending, which, again, definitely shocked a few parents who figured a PG-rated movie couldn’t get this dark. It’s like they don’t even know TimBur.