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17 December 1992 (Netherlands) See more »
Sophie is snatched from her orphanage early one morning by the B.F.G. (Big Friendly Giant), whom she witnesses engaged in mysterious activities... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (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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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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Filmed in 1988.See more »
Factual errors: 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 »
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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Not without charm, but extremely dated, 19 September 2015
Author: tomgillespie2002 from United Kingdom

I never saw the 1989 film adaptation of Roald Dahl's children's book The BFG when I was growing up, and I don't know whether or not that's a good thing. On one hand, I could have enjoyed the film as a nostalgic trip down memory lane, yet I could have also been horrified at just how badly the film has aged. I did, however, read the book as a young nipper, along with other Dahl classics such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda, so I'm familiar with just how good a word-smith Dahl was, and how he managed to forge these often creepy and macabre tales into something that children could enjoy without being too terrified.

Brian Cosgrove's adaptation, for all its sporadic charm, has faded into obscurity since its 1989 release with good reason. Beginning at an orphanage run by the nasty Mrs. Clonkers (Myfanwy Talog), young girl Sophie (Amanda Root) sees the outline of a gigantic figure blowing a trumpet through the window of a house down the road. Before she has a chance to scream, she is grabbed by a huge fist and whisked away to another land inhabited by grotesque giants who feed on children. Lucky for her, she was taken by the Big Friendly Giant (David Jason), who is the only vegetarian giant in his world, and whose day job it is to blow happy dreams into the minds of sleeping children. But with the knowledge of the rest of the giants gobbling up scores of children, Sophie hatches a plan with the BFG to notify the Queen of England (Angela Thorne) and put a stop to the evil giants for good.

The first twenty minutes or so of The BFG is actually quite delightful, as we meet the lovable lunk and learn of his diet of the disgusting snozzcumbers, and he is wonderfully voiced by national treasure David Jason. The song 'Whizzpopping' isn't particularly good or catchy, but there is a giddy delight to be had with watching the BFG and Sophie farting with glee. Yet, without Dahl's written narrative, the film quickly becomes tedious and the story grinds to a near-halt. Cosgrove Hall - set up by director Cosgrove and his friend Mark Hall - animated countless children's TV adaptations from the 1970's up until its demise is 2009, but the animation here is stodgy. There were obvious budget constraints and this shows in the backgrounds, which are often so bland ad static it drains the film visually. It has its charms, especially if you grew up in Britain, but I would stick with the beloved book.

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