In a small, gloomily repressed Victorian town, two shy young people are set to be wed -- although they ve never before met.
Crass, social-climbing canned fish tycoons Nell and William Van Dort (voiced by Tracey Ullman and Paul Whitehouse) have always dreamt of joining high society -- but while they re not lacking in wealth, they re sorely lacking in the requisite class.
Conversely, old-money aristocrats Maudeline and Finis Everglot (voiced by Joanna Lumley and Albert Finney), direct descendents of the Duke of Everglot -- as they will freely profess to anyone who will listen -- are full of class but drained of cash. Their money has long ago dried up, and all they have left of worth is their name and social standing
and, as it turns out, their daughter Victoria (voiced by Emily Watson). While they ve never seen much worth in her, she may just be their ticket back up the social ladder, as it seems the Van Dorts have a bachelor son, Victor (voiced by Johnny Depp).
The Everglots are willing to hold their noses and grudgingly marry Victoria off to the son of the dreadful Van Dorts -- nouveau-riche is still riche, after all. The deal is made, and the two families are quickly in a tizzy, as everyone is quite excited about the impending nuptials
except for the bride and groom. But everybody knows that marriage isn t about love anyway -- just ask Maudeline and Finis.
Victor and Victoria first set eyes on each other on the eve of their wedding, when the families gather for a proper introduction between the soon-to-be-newlyweds, to be immediately followed by a wedding rehearsal. While it s difficult to say who is shyer, upon their first meeting it seems possible that against all odds, Victor and Victoria s chance for true love may not have been lost. But at the rehearsal, Victor bungles his vows so badly -- even before he accidentally lights his future mother-in-law s dress on fire -- that Pastor Galswells (voiced by Christopher Lee) sends him away until he can man