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Corpse Bride – Plus meet the puppets from the film


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Come and meet some of the actual puppets created for the film, with introduction before settling down for the screening followed by live Q&A.

Sunday 12 December 2.30pm


Tim Burton

Film Screening plus talk, demonstration and Q&A by the film’s incredible puppet makers Mackinnon & Saunders

Full £7.50 | Concession £5.00 | Family Ticket £7.50

About the film

Corpse Bride is a 2005 British-American stop-motion-animated musical fantasy film directed by Mike Johnson and Tim Burton with a screenplay by John August, Caroline Thompson and Pamela Pettler based on characters created by Burton and Carlos Grangel.

The plot is set in a fictional Victorian era village in Europe. Johnny Depp leads the cast as the voice of Victor, while Helena Bonham Carter voices Emily, the titular bride. Corpse Bride is the third stop-motion feature film produced by Burton and the first directed by him (the previous two films, The Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach, were directed by Henry Selick). This is also the first stop-motion feature from Burton that was distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It was dedicated to executive producer Joe Ranft, who died during production.

We are delighted to welcome Peter Saunders who, along with Ian Mackinnon, headed up the creation of the puppets for Tim Burton’s blockbuster The Corpse Bride.


About Mackinnon & Saunders

Ian Mackinnon and Peter Saunders are Creative Directors / Executive Producers and co-founders of Mackinnon & Saunders Ltd.

Ian and Peter’s talented team have worked on a huge range of TV series, short films, commercials and feature films. Their work includes puppets for popular TV shows such as Postman Pat, Bob the Builder, Scream Street, Pingu, Koala Brothers, Rastamouse, Strange Hill High, Raa Raa the Noisy Lion, Twirlywoos and the new Clangers. Feature film work includes Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr Fox and Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride and Frankenweenie.

Mackinnon & Saunders also produce TV commercials (Taco Bell for Deutsch LA, 2017) and develop entertainment programmes for children’s TV, including the award-winning BBC TV series Frankenstein’s Cat and Raa Raa the Noisy Lion.

In 2013, Mackinnon & Saunders Digital Studios was launched as a joint venture with Komixx Entertainment. The studio’s first production was a 2D digital animation series called Wanda and the Alien (Channel 5).

A Very Brief History

Ian Mackinnon and Peter Saunders began working together in the 1980s at one of Europe’s largest animation companies, Cosgrove Hall Films. They pioneered new techniques in puppet making on productions such as the BAFTA-winning The Reluctant Dragon and Emmy Award-winning The Fool of the World and The Wind in the Willows.

At the start of the 1990s, Ian and Peter set up their business partnership. At the same time Ian produced The Sandman with colleagues Colin Batty and Paul Berry. This dramatic short film won many awards on the international festival circuit and received an Oscar nomination in 1993. The film is used in UK schools by the British Film Institute as an introduction to film language.

1995 saw the business expand internationally when director Tim Burton asked Mackinnon & Saunders to design and construct the Martian characters for the feature film Mars Attacks! M&S set up a design studio in Los Angeles to make animation puppets and life-size Martian characters for the film, and increased its Manchester-based team from 5 to 45 people.

Following their collaboration on Mars Attacks!, Tim Burton asked Ian and Peter to create the puppets for Corpse Bride. Working from designs by Tim Burton and Carlos Grangel, the team produced an incredibly intricate cast of characters.

Tim Burton said – “…there was no question in my mind that these were the guys to do it…They do such beautiful work, very sensitive and textural; you really do believe the characters are alive.”

In 2006, Ian and Peter were awarded the Ub Iwerks Award at the ASIFA 33rd Annual Annie Awards in Hollywood. This Special Jury Prize for Technical Achievement honours the ingeniously machined face controls designed especially for Corpse Bride. The Mackinnon & Saunders studio production team received a BAFTA nomination in 2014 for Best Children’s Pre- School animation of Postman Pat SDS™, produced for DreamWorks Classics.

In 2015, Ian and Peter received Honorary Doctorates from Staffordshire University in recognition of their special contributions in the field of stop motion animation.

This project is supported by Film Hub North with National Lottery funding on behalf of the BFI Film Audience Network. Our cinema equipment has been supported by The Jigsaw Foundation.

Dec 12 2021


Date: 12th Dec 2021
Time: 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Cost: Free – £7.50
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The Vale

Unit 2 Vale Mill, Micklehurst Road
Mossley, OL59JL United Kingdom




  • Approximate Timings
  • 2:30 - Introduction to the film
  • 2:45 - Fim Screening
  • 4:00 - Talk, demonstration and Q&A from the film's puppet maker Peter Saunders


The Vale
Phone: 01457238089
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