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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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Head Of The Army (voice)
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Don Henderson ...
Bloodbottler / Fleshlumpeater / Sergeant (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

When Roald Dahl wrote "The BFG", he named the lead child character Sophie, after his granddaughter, actress and model Sophie Dahl. See more »

Goofs

When the BFG has breakfast at Buckingham Palace, he drinks from a cup before complaining that there isn't any frobscottle in it. But after Sophie shushes him, the cup disappears from view and is never seen again. See more »

Quotes

Head Of The Army: The strategy is quite simple Your Majesty. Tanks!
Head Of The Air Force: Tanks? Nonsense. Bombs!
Head Of The Army: Bombs? Ridiculous. Tanks... and heavy artillery!
Head Of The Air Force: Artilley? Piffle. Next thing you'll be wanting bally cavalry too.
Head Of The Army: Tanks, artillery and cavalry! That'll do it!
Head Of The Air Force: Modern warfare ma'am demands modern technology. Low-level assault bombers to get under their radar. High-explosive bombs... heat-seeking rockets, and pow! We'll blow them to pieces!
Head Of The Army: It's an old fashioned enemy ma'am, we need good old fashioned tactics! Shut them up...
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Whizzpopping
Music by Keith Hopwood and Malcolm Rowe
Lyrics by Malcolm Rowe
Performed by David Jason
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Not great, but decent
21 April 2011 | by (The world of artists) – See all my reviews

This is an animated film based on a Roald Dahl tale. It's nothing too special, nevertheless a decent alternative to other more popular animated movies.

The character Sophie is cute and endearing and the best drawn character of the movie. Most of the characters are ugly, particularly the giants. The "BFG" of the title means "Big Friendly Giant" and refers to the movie's only good giant. The others are vicious.

The BFG is like a giant "E.T.". Not that he looks any similar to E.T. but, just like E.T., his beauty is on the inside. Yes, because as for the outside...

The evil giants are horrifying and gross, being Bloodbottler the most extreme on this. Fleshlumpeater is the biggest and scariest, but somehow he doesn't gross me out as much as the other mean giants.

There is some nice soundtrack and the artwork is generally very good, with some magical special effects and some more special visuals in certain scenes.

The story, without being "solid as a rock", is however entertaining and involving. A rather decent story, fair to say that. And it's easy to sympathize with the BFG and especially Sophie. There are some rather touching moments with Sophie and her friend giant.

I rate this as a 6. I guess it's a fair rating.


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