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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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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 {J-26}

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Rated PG for some frightening images | See all certifications »

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James e o Pêssego Gigante  »

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Budget:

$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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JPY 22,491,500 (Japan) (3 January 1997)
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The "happy" tune the Grasshopper plays for James is Johann Sebastian Bach's Partita for Violin Solo No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006: 3rd movement, Gavotte en rondeau. See more »

Goofs

When the peach goes rolling down the hill, it rolls along the top of a fence, getting the fence stuck in its sides in a counter-clockwise descending spiral. Once the peach hits the water, though, every scene after shows the fence in a clockwise descending spiral, when viewed from above. See more »

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[everyone is discussing how to get the peach to New York]
James: We could... No, it's stupid.
Grasshopper: Compared to what?
James: Well, I suppose we could fly out.
Centipede: He's right. It's stupid.
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A Peach of a Picture
13 January 2005 | by (Pacific Northwest) – See all my reviews

James and the Giant Peach may not have the cult status of Nightmare Before Christmas, but, aside from mixing live-action bookends with the all-animated center of the film (not a great idea; should have been all-animation), it's a faithful and wonderful adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic dream-like story. The animation is superb, the voice talent wonderful (Susan Sarandon's sexy Eastern European Miss Spider takes the cake), and, as Time Magazine said, the film in many ways surpasses the book. Though there are flaws in the screen story by Karey Kirkpatrick, their effect on the overall emotional ride of the film is negligible. After seeing it again recently (first time in several years), I was amazed at what an incredibly beautiful film it is, beautiful colors and design and effects like teacup clouds and the cloud rhino. I especially loved the mechanical shark and the ships' arctic graveyard sequence where Centipede redeems himself by diving into the water to find a compass to get the peach back on course. Overall, a great film.


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