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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?


When Centipede jumps on the icy waters in search for a compass, the puppet used for the captain of the ship is the same one used as Jack Skellington in The Nightmare Before Christmas, also directed by Henry Selick. Centipede can also be heard saying "A Skellington?" as he enters the ship. See more »


After James looks at the map and figures out that they are going to New York City, the Centipede spins his Cigar in reaction. Two filament lines attached to the Cigar that were used to suspend it are clearly visible. See more »


The Grasshopper: No-one is going to squoosh you, old boy. You're six feet long now.
Earthworm: Bigger targets.
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Written and Performed by Randy Newman
Arranged and Produced by Mervyn Warren
Horn Arrangement by Jerry Hey
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Just OK
20 February 2012 | by See all my reviews

I wanted to watch this movie for a while. There are not many around animated this way and I did love The Nightmare before Christmas and Coraline. So, I finally gave it a try. I was not particularly impressed. I found the story somehow bland and uninspiring. Also, any little moral message in it is basically lost in a number of events that I presume are supposed to be exciting but are rather dull. The songs are not really bad, although they don't save the film. Perhaps I'm just too old for this, although I still love other family films like the ones mentioned at the beginning. I find this film just OK, I wouldn't watch it again.

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