Captain New Eyes travels back in time and feeds dinosaurs his Brain Grain cereal, which makes them intelligent and nonviolent. They agree to go to the Middle Future (this era) in order to ... See full summary »
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
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James gets out of bed in his nightshirt, fights his aunt and falls down the stairs head first. His night shirt slips up and reveals that his stunt double is wearing white pants down to his knees. The next shot of James at the foot of the stairs shows that he's not wearing pants. See more »
Well done, just about the way I would have wanted.
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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