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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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Adventures this big don't grow on trees. See more »

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?


The lyrics for the song "Eating the Peach" were written by Roald Dahl. See more »


When the Centipede, the Spider and James are trying to get the compass from the pirate ship, the Centipede pulls the string twice to signal to the other bugs to pull them up. But the Centipede was not there when James told the other bugs to pull them up when he yanked on the sting twice. See more »


Aunt Sponge: We sent you out here to kill a spider!
Aunt Spiker: Not to laze about.
James: I wasn't lazing about, I tripped.
Aunt Sponge: How dare you disagree with us!
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Crazy Credits

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Referenced in The Wonderful World of Roald Dahl (2005) See more »


That's The Life (Reprise)
Written by Randy Newman
Performed by (Cast)
Additional vocals by Jeff Bennett
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A classic in my home
11 February 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed it, and so did my 3- and 5-year-old (and yes, we read the book). The animation and live-action scenes showed a lot of love. Though elements of the story seemed a bit hurried or neglected, they weren't anything a fairy-tale fantasy couldn't absorb in stride. The music works well enough for this non-fan of musicals, and I prefer serviceable and inoffensive tunes to the treacly jingles and melodramatic scores of the usual Disney classics.

My only real complaint would be with the ending, as it really is unclear how the aunts drove across the ocean (did they obtain their own crocodile tongues?), and the slice of NY upon landing has a grim, Munchkin-town quality. Still, everything up to that point has left you with lots of goodwill towards the movie's makers.

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