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The BFG (1989)

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Sophie is snatched from her orphanage early one morning by the BFG (Big Friendly Giant), whom she witnesses engaged in mysterious activities, and whisked away to Giant Country. She is soon ... See full summary »

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Angela Thorne ...
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Head Of The Army (voice)
Michael Knowles ...
Head Of The Air Force (voice)
Don Henderson ...
Bloodbottler / Fleshlumpeater / Sergeant (voice)
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Mary (voice)
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Myfanwy Talog ...
Mrs. Clonkers (voice)
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Sophie is snatched from her orphanage early one morning by the BFG (Big Friendly Giant), whom she witnesses engaged in mysterious activities, and whisked away to Giant Country. She is soon put at ease, as she learns that BFG's job is to collect, catalogue and deliver pleasant dreams to children. She joins him that night, but the mean giants follow them, planning to eat the children. Sophie enlists the help of the Queen, by making up a dream for her, and with the backing of the armed forces, they defeat the mean giants. Written by Cynan Rees <cynanrees@hotmail.com>

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Trivia

According to Brian Cosgrove, when Roald Dahl saw his first screening of the film, when it ended and the lights went up, Dahl stood up and clapped. See more »

Goofs

Following an altercation with the other Giants, just before he shows Sophie 'dream country', the BFG states that "human beans" (sic) are the only animal to kill each other. In actuality, there are a vast number of animals which kill other animals of the same species. See more »

Quotes

Fleshlumpeater: You... you show 'em the way?
The BFG: Yes! Yes, I showed them the way!
Fleshlumpeater: Why? W... why?
The BFG: Because, you is evil! And I've seen it now!
Fleshlumpeater: You... you is not giant! You is like... human bean!
The BFG: Human... being! And yes, I'd rather be like one of them than like you!
Fleshlumpeater: Then... I kill you!
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Whizzpopping
Music by Keith Hopwood and Malcolm Rowe
Lyrics by Malcolm Rowe
Performed by David Jason
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Decent, but doesn't live up to the book
9 February 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I had just finished reading the original Roald Dahl novel (which I thought was brilliant), and at the video store I found the DVD of an animated version. Curious to see if it would be as good as the book, I checked it out.

I can't say I wasn't a little let down with it. The animation bothered me a little in some scenes (jerkiness, etc.), though in general it wasn't too bad (I really liked some of the backgrounds). And it could have done without the songs, which really got on my nerves. Thankfully there's only two, so it could have been worse.

I thought the BFG was very much in character, but the Queen and Sophie were a bit more interesting in the book. The evil Giants also had a lot more to them in the book, and were even more sinister, yet a bit funny too. That was lacking in the cartoon adaption.

All in all, not a terrible cartoon, just not very good. I very highly recommend the book, and once you've read it, you might want to check out this cartoon, but you may be let down (or you may not. No one has the same tastes). I just feel something's missing here.


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