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James and the Giant Peach (1996)

PG  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Family  |  12 April 1996 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Grasshopper (voice)
Centipede (voice)
Ladybug (voice)
Aunt Sponge / Glowworm (voice)
Spider (voice)
Paul Terry ...
Earthworm (voice)
J. Stephen Coyle ...
Reporter #2
James' Father
Cirocco Dunlap ...
Girl with Telescope
Michael Girardin ...
Reporter #1
Tony Haney ...
Reporter #3
Woman in Bathrobe (as Kathrine Howell)


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 {J-26}

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some frightening images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 April 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

James e o Pêssego Gigante  »

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Box Office


$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$135,378 (USA) (26 July 1996)


JPY 22,491,500 (Japan) (3 January 1997)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Andy Partridge, of the British pop group XTC, was originally tapped to write the songs for this film. When Partridge backed out over the compensation he was offered, the producers called on Randy Newman instead. Partridge eventually released demo versions of the four songs he composed for the film. See more »


James draws a picture with his crayons, starting with a boy with wings. In the second shot of the picture, the boy with wings is different i.e. it's a completely different drawing. See more »


Ladybug: I crave the tasty tentacles of octopi for tea/I like hot dogs, but I love hot frogs, and surely you'll agree/A plate of soil with engine oil is a super recipe. I hardy need to mention that it's practically free!
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Written by Randy Newman
Performed by Simon Callow (uncredited), Richard Dreyfuss (uncredited), Jane Leeves (uncredited), Susan Sarandon (uncredited), David Thewlis (uncredited), Miriam Margolyes (uncredited), and Paul Terry (uncredited)
Additional vocals by Jeff Bennett
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And Now The Weather Forecast: Rhino Has A Giant Cold...
27 November 2004 | by (amsterdam) – See all my reviews

What a pleasant feel good film this little gem is !

After the sugar and sweet opening, including a hair raising song in the very worst Disney Style, Burton and Dahl break in and off we go, on an adventure that is fun and cheeky and in which not all the sharp edges have been blunted, thank Goodness.

Before we can go on a journey with the Giant Peach however, first Little James have to be orphaned. And he is, in a matter of fact voice-over that makes for a surprise element here. A bold way to get the plot in motion, and it works ! Many keep on wandering what or who that rhino was, that took the life of the parents just like that, on a whim. Well, anybody can be swept away by the rhino in the sky, or so the nasty aunties will have you believe anyway...

The visuals are stunning, the dialogues are bubbling fizzing electrical fun and brought wonderfully and lovingly by a great cast, and direction is clear cut, sharp and focused.

A lovely film, that makes you wonder what is Selnick & Burton and what's genuine Roald Dahl.

A splendid film that makes you go out and want to read a great book (again). What more can we possibly ask of a peach?

Hmmm, well ... about that Rhino in the stormy clouds ... Maybe ... If it's based in Britain, couldn't we tempt it to take a holiday somewhere in, say, Bora Bora or the Halls of Montezuma ? The English are quite accustomed to their climate, but their rhino gives us, here in the Lowlands, more than our share of rain and sleet too !!!

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