The Corpse Bride Movie Guide

Youth Specialties
September 15th, 2005

Optional Activity #1

In the land of the dead there are a number of business with “death” pun names. (The “second hand” store).

How many businesses in “our land of the living” can you create puns out of? 


  • Seven/Eleven can be Zero/Zero.
  • McDonalds can be  AACCKKDonalds.

Optional Activity #2:

Eyeball cookies.  Make these up before you see the movie and serve them with the lesson.  See recipe at the end of the lesson.



Matthew 5:1-11

I Corinthians 11:3-12

Ephesians 4:1-3


The Questions:

The Butterfly is often seen as a symbol of the resurrection.  How was the butterfly used in this movie?

How is Victoria’s corset like her life?

Victor plays the “Moonlight Sonata” on the piano in Victoria’s house.  This song is often said to be “God’s favorite piece of music.”  Why do you think the filmmakers chose to use it here?

It is the music that brings Victor into a relationship with both his brides. What is the difference in how they respond?

Victoria says her mother told her that music was not for proper young ladies, that it was “too passionate”.  What are the “rules” we put on women today?  What is the expected behavior?

What is the difference between the maggot in Emily’s head and Jiminy Cricket? Have you ever argued with the maggot in your head?  Talk about it.

In what ways are we too caught up in being religious to be spiritual?

Metaphorically speaking, why do you think Victors candle won’t light?

Do you think our culture has changed in its ideas about marriage?  In what ways?

What lessons were your parents taught that have been passed down generation after generation?  What does it take to break that pattern?

Have you ever been to wedding from another religion or another part of the world?  How were those weddings different than one here?

What is a vow?

Jesus changed the water into wine at a wedding. How is wine viewed at the weddings in this film?

Why does the city of the dead have more life than the city of the living?

Who did you want Victor to end up with at the end of the movie? Victoria or Emily?  Why?

What do you think happened to Emily at the end of the movie?  Why did this happen to her?

How do you think your parents would react if you brought home someone of another religion?  Another race?

When two people are married they are told that they are “one” person.  How is that possible?  Have you ever seen an old couple who have been married for years?  How are they one?

The characters spend a lot of time arguing about things going “according to plan”.  Do your parents have a plan for your life?  What is it?  Do you have a plan for your life?  What is it?  Does God have a plan for your life or does God lay out the path and its up to us whether or not we follow?  Explain your thoughts on this. 

Tim Burton likes to make movies where the outcasts seem to be the heroes…Edward Scissorhands, Nightmare Before Christmas, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory.  Does it make you uncomfortable? What did Jesus say about the outcasts?  Read Matthew 5:1-11.

What is the difference between the old wise skeleton in the land of the dead and the minister in the land of the living?  What point do you think the filmmakers were trying to make between the two worlds?

Victor is told that he must make the ultimate sacrifice.  What would you be willing to give up in order to be with the one you love?  Would you give up your family?  Would you give up everything you’ve ever known and move to far off place where you know no one and are completely unfamiliar with the customs?

What do you think happens to a person after they die?

Read I Corinthians 11:3-12. How do you feel about this verse? Why do you suppose the minister was so upset when Victor could not get the rituals and vows correct?

In Victor’s world it seems that everyone is more concerned with knowing their place than knowing each other. How does that happen in your school? Are there certain lunch tables that only the “right” people can eat at?

Read Ephesians 4:1-3. How does this apply to the relationships in the movie?

Did you notice that the church (but not the minister) welcomed everyone?  How does your church do at welcoming people?

Who is allowed to tell you whom you are allowed to love?


Closing Prayer:

Watching, God we know you have more in store for us than we can possibly imagine.  Help us to not clutter our lives with rules and regulations that keep others away from you. You are the God of all, not the God of some. Guide our hearts and decisions. Open our minds and close our mouths and let our relationships be blessed in your name. Amen.


Eyeball Cookies:

These cookies are often called Buckeyes and are a favorite at Christmas cookie parties. This time, use white chocolate instead of brown.   This recipe takes a little time but it’s worth it when you bring out a tray full of eyeballs to the Bible Study.  


1/2 cup butter, softened
1-1/2 cups peanut butter
1 pound powdered sugar
1 Tbs vanilla extract
12 ounces white chocolate

Food Coloring Blue and Black

Mix the butter, peanut butter, vanilla, and sugar together and form into balls. Refrigerate the balls for about an hour.  Melt white chocolate in a double boiler. Using a toothpick dip cold dough balls into the melted chocolate and place on wax paper.  When icing has cooled, add blue food coloring to the left over white chocolate and stir.  Dip just the edge of the cookie into the blue to make an iris.  Add black food coloring and repeat until you have about thirty to forty eyeballs.

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