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James and the Giant Peach (1996)

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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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Aunt Sponge / Glowworm - (voice)
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Spider (voice)
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Earthworm (voice)
J. Stephen Coyle ...
Reporter #2
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James' Father
Cirocco Dunlap ...
Girl with Telescope
Michael Girardin ...
Reporter #1
Tony Haney ...
Reporter #3
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Woman in Bathrobe (as Kathrine Howell)
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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)  »

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Box Office

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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Henry Selick initially considered doing the whole film in stop-motion, but decided on a blend with live-action to cut down on costs. See more »

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The Grasshopper addresses James at one point as "Sir James". This is an incorrect term of address for him. The polite way to address him in the time this film is set would have been "Master James". See more »

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Centipede: I'm crazy about mosquitoes on a piece of buttered toast/And pickled spines of porcupines and a great big roast!/And dragon's flesh, quite old, not fresh, it costs a buck at most!
Glowworm: Does it come with gravy?
Centipede: It comes to you in barrels if you order it by post!
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Family
Written by Randy Newman
Performed by Simon Callow (uncredited), Richard Dreyfuss (uncredited), Jane Leeves (uncredited), Susan Sarandon (uncredited), David Thewlis (uncredited), and Miriam Margolyes (uncredited)
Additional vocals by Jeff Bennett
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Well done, just about the way I would have wanted.
11 August 2005 | by (The World Of Movies) – See all my reviews

Like all Roald Dahl novels, this one had a very specific way it would require were it to be adapted to a movie. Like such stories of this, Tim Burton used his specialty, fantasy. His style of such formula had proved to be successful in the previous years "The Nightmare Before Christmas". So why not do it again? With colorful characters and imagery to be seen only while using the imagination, Stop-Motion was a good idea, especially for films like this.

Young James is orphaned when a terrifying rhino storm takes away his parents. He is then left to defend for himself as he lives with his agonizing Aunts, Spiker and Sponge. Soon enough, a mysterious man gives him a sack of magical worms that will allegedly change his world, forever. After time goes by, a peach begins to grow on a blackened tree, drawing attention and money to his money-hungry aunts. After a chance encounter with a green worm, James is then transformed into a world with a few new friends. Escaping his evil aunts, James, and his new family begin a journey for a better life in the city where dreams come true! Before they reach this dream, they must face fears and monsters to challenge the dream.

The acting and voicing is very warm, and young Terry is convincible, as opposed to many other child actors who never had the right moment. Richard Dreyfuss, Simon Callow, Susan Sarandon, and Jane Leeves offer tender voices to the lovable creatures in whom James finds a new meaning to the word 'family'. Miriam Margoyles and Joanna Lumley are hysterical, if not over the top as the orphans wise cracking, crabby, and creepy aunts. Good direction and some often pleasing music accompany the actors as they compliment this journey of courage.

The imagery is remarkable. Tim Burton has always had a unique talent for a style of imagery and picture. The story and events are almost surreal at moments, but that is a wonderful thin g. Most films today are too nice, or way too family friendly, and the dark touch to such stories as this are well needed. I would say that this adaptation is the right type of film this novel could have to serve its' justice as far as visionary techniques are concerned. As for the rest, the film can speak for itself. It's just a fun little movie for all ages.


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