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An orphan with terrible aunts for guardians, befriends human like bugs who live inside a giant peach, who take the boy on a journey to New York City.

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Grasshopper (voice)
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Centipede (voice)
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Ladybug (voice)
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Spider (voice)
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Earthworm (voice)
J. Stephen Coyle ...
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James' Father
Cirocco Dunlap ...
Girl with Telescope
Michael Girardin ...
Reporter #1
Tony Haney ...
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Woman in Bathrobe (as Kathrine Howell)
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Storyline

James' happy life at the English seaside is rudely ended when his parents are killed by a rhinoceros and he goes to live with his two horrid aunts. Daringly saving the life of a spider he comes into possession of magic boiled crocodile tongues, after which an enormous peach starts to grow in the garden. Venturing inside he meets not only the spider but a number of new friends including a ladybug and a centipede who help him with his plan to try and get to New York. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Rated PG for some frightening images | See all certifications »

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12 April 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

James e o P√™ssego Gigante  »

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Budget:

$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

JPY 5,530,500 (Japan) (13 December 1996)

Gross:

JPY 22,491,500 (Japan) (3 January 1997)
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This took 12 years to reach the screen. Roald Dahl himself was convinced that the property would never make a viable film. See more »

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When James is going to release the candle balloon, the candle is lying inside the balloon. In the next shot, the candle is standing upright on the chair next to the balloon. See more »

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One of My Favorite Childhood Books Comes to the Screen
17 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The team of Henry Selick and Tim Burton ("The Nightmare Before Christmas") was the right choice for adapting this Roald Dahl book, or any Roald Dahl book for that matter, to the screen. What Dahl needs is someone who can appreciate the dark and morbid humor to be found in his stories -- they DON'T need to be given the sanitized Disney treatment.

Still, this is only a so-so version of the book, one of my absolute favorites when I was a child. The animation is cool, but there was no way the filmmakers were going to be able to compete with my childhood memories of reading this book over and over again.

It's probably not even fair for me to review the movie for that very reason.

Grade: B


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