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Roald Dahl (novel)
John Hambley (adaptation)
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Release Date:
17 December 1992 (Netherlands) See more »
Sophie is snatched from her orphanage early one morning by the BFG (Big Friendly Giant), whom she witnesses engaged in mysterious activities... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Decent, but doesn't live up to the book See more (15 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

David Jason ... The BFG (voice)

Amanda Root ... Sophie (voice)
Angela Thorne ... Queen Of England (voice)
Ballard Berkeley ... Head Of The Army (voice)
Michael Knowles ... Head Of The Air Force (voice)
Don Henderson ... Bloodbottler / Fleshlumpeater / Sergeant (voice)

Mollie Sugden ... Mary (voice)

Frank Thornton ... Mr. Tibbs (voice)
Myfanwy Talog ... Mrs. Clonkers (voice)
Jimmy Hibbert ... Additional Voices (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sharon Campbell ... The Balladeer (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Brian Cosgrove 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Roald Dahl  novel
John Hambley  adaptation

Produced by
Brian Cosgrove .... producer
Mark Hall .... producer
John Hambley .... executive producer
Original Music by
Keith Hopwood 
Malcolm Rowe 
Film Editing by
Nigel Rutter 
Production Management
Chris Phillips .... production manager
Art Department
Terry Brown .... props: live action reference
Beverly Bush .... designer
Brian Cosgrove .... designer
John Geering .... designer
Stephen Hanson .... designer (as Steve Hanson)
John Millington .... designer
Nick Pratt .... designer
Andy Roper .... designer
Andy Roper .... storyboard artist
Keith Scoble .... designer
Keith Scoble .... storyboard artist
Ben Turner .... designer
Sound Department
Chris Anderson .... dialogue recordist
Trevor Barber .... assistant dubbing mixer
Ray Gillon .... consultant: Dolby
John Iles .... consultant: Dolby
Howard Lanning .... sound effects editor
Billy Mahoney .... foley recording engineer
Beryl Mortimer .... foley artist
Steve Rogers .... additional dialogue recordist
Michael 'Golly' Russell .... location sound effects engineer (as Mike 'Golly' Russell)
Ted Swanscott .... foley artist
John Wood .... dubbing mixer
Special Effects by
Noel Baker .... model fabrication
Colin Batty .... model fabrication
Liz Fitzgerald .... model fabrication
Peter Saunders .... model fabrication
Visual Effects by
Phil Atack .... vortex effect
Bob Burrows .... coordinator: camera crews
John Cousen .... special effects animator
Neil Culley .... title model camera
John Geering .... vortex effect
Martin Goldsmith .... aerial image
Roy Huckerby .... special effects artist
Jackie Mitchell .... special effects artist
Les Newstead .... special effects animator
Nigel Rutter .... vortex effect
Stephen Simpson .... special effects artist
Brian Smithies .... title pyrotechnic special effects
Peter Tyler .... motion control camera
Camera and Electrical Department
Phil Atack .... video line tester
Frank Hardie .... animation camera
Peter Kidd .... animation camera
Wendy Senior .... animation camera
Mark Sutton .... animation camera
Animation Department
Barbara Alcock .... additional background artist
Dino Athanassiou .... directing animator
Maggie Beamer .... cel painter
Adrian Bell .... assistant animator
Claude Bony .... assistant animator (as Claude Bonney)
Eric Bouillette .... animator
Juan José Bravo .... assistant animator
Les Brooksbank .... animator
Carmelo Buitrago .... assistant animator (as Carmel Buitrigo)
Beverly Bush .... background artist
Brian Cosgrove .... background artist
Brian Cosgrove .... key animator
Laura Cosgrove .... cel painter
Alain Costa .... key animator
Arthur De Cloedt .... animator
Ken Duncan .... animator
Mike Eames .... assistant animator
Meryl Edge .... key animator
Ken Emmett .... assistant animator
Marc Eoche-Duval .... key animator
Alastair Fell .... assistant animator
Joyce Flowers .... cel painter
Jean Flynn .... key animator
Gary French-Powell .... assistant animator (as Garry French Powell)
Manuel J. García .... assistant animator (as Manuel Garcia Pozo)
John Geering .... background artist
Stefania Giani .... cel painter
Paul Greenall .... animator
Claire Grey .... assistant animator
Sue Halliwell .... tracer
John Hambley .... animation director
Stephen Hanson .... background artist (as Steve Hanson)
Lynn Hardie .... cel painter
Denise Heywood .... animator
Karen Heywood .... assistant animator
Andrea Hough .... cel painter
Yasodha Huckerby .... tracer
Arthur Humberstone .... key animator
George Jackson .... key animator
Lisa-Ann James .... additional cel painting services (as Lisa James)
Daniel Jeannette .... assistant animator
Trevor Keen .... animator
Jennie Langley .... assistant animator
Michael Lannigan .... cel painter
Carol Leslie .... additional cel painting services
Dave Livesey .... key animator
Matias Marcos .... key animator
Tony McAleese .... xerographer
Joe McCaffrey .... assistant animator
Malcolm McGookin .... assistant animator
Andrew McLoughlin .... xerographer
Phil McMylor .... animation checker
Phil McMylor .... assistant animator
Helen Michael .... cel painter (as Helen Michaels)
John Millington .... background artist
Phil Morris .... key animator
Katie Nutter .... cel painter
John Offord .... key animator
Garry Owen .... animator
Beverly Phillips .... tracer
Judy Pilsbury .... animation color stylist
Mark Povey .... animator
Michelle Povey .... cel painter
Nick Pratt .... background artist
Samantha Reynolds .... additional cel painting services
Margaret Riley .... additional background artist
Sue Robson .... cel painter
Andy Roper .... assistant animator
Andy Roper .... background artist
Weston Samuels .... cel painter
Murti Schofield .... assistant animator
Karl Scoble .... cel painter
Keith Scoble .... background artist
Keith Scoble .... sequence director
Stewart Selkirk .... animator
Joan Simmons .... xerographer
Helen Smith .... cel painter
Joan Storey .... tracer
Lainé Thomas .... trace and paint supervisor
Stephen Thomas .... key animator (as Steve Thomas)
Ben Turner .... background artist
Gloria Vassiliou .... cel painter
Lesley White .... cel painter
Craig Whittle .... cel painter
Kay Widdowson .... animator
Andy Wilson .... animator
Diane Wren .... additional background artist
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sue Hunting .... costumes: live action reference
Editorial Department
Jane Hicks .... assistant editor
Terry Lee .... negative cutter
Stephen Perry .... assistant editor
Frank Reid .... color timer
Music Department
Phil Bush .... music recording engineer
Sharon Campbell .... singer
Richie Close .... musician: synthesizer
David Cullen .... orchestral arrangements
Chris Dibble .... music mix engineer
Mark Hall .... music supervisor
Keith Hopwood .... music producer
Keith Hopwood .... musical director
Brian Ibbetson .... orchestral arrangements
Steve Pigott .... musician: synthesizer
Andy Richards .... musician: synthesizer
Malcolm Rowe .... music producer
Other crew
Julie Barter .... production secretary
Peter Gluckstein .... live action reference: "The BFG"
Sian Hopkins .... production secretary
Jane McCooey .... production secretary
Zinnia Mitchell .... live action reference: "Sophie"
Mike Robinson .... general manager (as Michael Robinson)
Julia Salt .... accounts assistant
Phil Slattery .... production accountant
Simon White .... production coordinator
Carmel Wilson .... production secretary
Brian Wynne .... laboratory liaison
George Jackson .... dedicatee

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Additional Details

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87 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Stereo | Dolby (theatrical print)
Australia:G | Germany:6 | UK:U | USA:Not Rated (video release)

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In the original storyboards, the newspapers the Queen held were named after real English newspapers, The Times and The Sun. While the names were changed, the two newspapers could still be seen as the type of newspaper that they were based upon. i.e. a serious broadsheet and a red top tabloid.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
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 with bombardment! Roll in the tanks! And pick 'em off with machine guns! Dakka-dakka-dakka-dakka! We'll mow 'em down!
Head Of The Air Force:Kapow! Kaboom! Bombs!
Head Of The Army:Dakka-dakka-dakka-dakka! Kabomf! Tanks!
Head Of The Air Force:Kaboom!
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Is The BFG based on a book?
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16 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Decent, but doesn't live up to the book, 9 February 2003
Author: xxlittlekittenxx from United States

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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