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Centipede (Character)
from James and the Giant Peach (1996)

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James and the Giant Peach (1996)
[on his experience of the world]
Centipede: I did live between two pages of The National Geographic. Very informative magazine, the National Geographic. Lots of nice pictures.

Centipede: Why don't skeletons play music in church? Because they got no organs.

Grasshopper: This is an outrage! You are a disgrace to your Phylum, Order, Class, Genus and Spe...
Centipede: Say it in English!
Grasshopper: YOU, sir, are an ASS!

Centipede: Time to go make a pest of myself!

Spider: We are in the middle of the, how do you say, the big puddle.
Centipede: Biggest puddle of 'em all, angel fangs - the Atlantic Ocean.
Old Green Grasshopper: Technically, the Pacific is the biggest.
Centipede: Well, that goes without saying.

Centipede: Biggest puddle of them all, Angel Fangs. The Atlantic Ocean.
The Grasshopper: Tecnically, the Pacific is larger.
Centipede: Well... that goes without saying.

[James has discovered he has changed]
James: It's like he said: Marvelous things will happen.
Glowworm: Did he say, "Marvelous pigs in satin"?
Grasshopper: No, dear lady.
[He takes out a megaphone and speaks through it]
Grasshopper: Marvelous things will happen.
[to James]
Grasshopper: Poor Glowworm, she's a little deaf.
Earthworm: I, on the other hand, have exquisite hearing.
Centipede: Oh, yeah? Well, listen to this...
[He spits into his many hands and grabs the megaphone and yells into it]

Centipede: Let the biddies come! I'll take 'em both on! I'm undefeatable. I'm indivisible. I'm...
[James falls on him]
Centipede: ... in trouble!

Centipede: I've sailed all the five seas. From the land of Bora Bora to the icy shores of Tripoli. Commodore Centipede, they used to call me.
Grasshopper: Seven.
Centipede: Huh?
Grasshopper: There are seven seas, and Tripoli is in the Sub-Tropics, Commodore!
Centipede: Trim the sails!
Ladybug: There are no sails.
Centipede: Start the engines!
Earthworm: There are no engines.
Centipede: I can't work with this miserable crew!

Centipede: Holy shipwreck!

Centipede: I'm crazy about mosquitoes on a piece of buttered toast/And pickled spines of porcupines and a great big roast!/And dragon's flesh, quite old, not fresh, it costs a buck at most!
Glowworm: Does it come with gravy?
Centipede: It comes to you in barrels if you order it by post!

[in the darkness]
Earthworm: [Centipede pinches him] Ow! What was that?
Centipede: Sorry, I thought you were the spider.
Grasshopper: [Miss Spider hits him] Ouch. What was *that*?
Miss Spider: Excuse, I thought you were the Centipede.

Centipede: Hey, Glowworm, how 'bout some light?
Glowworm: I can't hear you. I'll have to put my light on.

[the compass is lost during a storm]
Grasshopper: We'll be blown off course!
Centipede: We'll wind up in Jersey!

Miss Spider: No one will be eating you James.
Centipede: Naw, she'll just puncture your head and suck out the brains.
Miss Spider: That I am saving for you.

Centipede: We're not lost.
Grasshopper: Then where are we?
Centipede: Somewhere up north. Or, possibly, very far south.
Grasshopper: What's your latitude? What's your longitude?
Centipede: Hey, hey, hey! That's personal, bud!

[everyone is discussing how to get the peach to New York]
James: We could... No, it's stupid.
Grasshopper: Compared to what?
James: Well, I suppose we could fly out.
Centipede: He's right. It's stupid.

Centipede: [to metal shark] Teach you to mess with me, you overgrown sardine! I'm from Brooklyn!

[the centipede is being stretched out by the pirates; one approaches with an axe]
Centipede: It's Paul Bunyan. He's come to cut me some slack. Hey, aiming a little low, aren't you, buddy? He's going to cut me in half!

James: We'll always be together, right?
Centipede: Kid, you're stuck with us, for life.

The Grasshopper, Centipede: [to each other, after their fighting knocks the last of the food overboard] NOW look what you've done!