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James and the Giant Peach (1996)

An orphan, who lives with his two cruel aunts, befriends anthropomorphic bugs who live inside a giant peach, and they embark 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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Aunt Sponge / Glowworm (voice)
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Spider (voice)
Paul Terry ...
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Earthworm (voice)
J. Stephen Coyle ...
Reporter #2
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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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12 April 1996 (USA)  »

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James e o Pêssego Gigante  »

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Budget:

$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$28,934,758 (USA)
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1.66 : 1
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This is the last time Denise Di Novi was co-producer with Tim Burton. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Aunt Sponge: I look and smell, I do declare, as lovely as a rose. Just feast your eyes upon my face, observe my shapely nose. Behold my heavenly silky locks, and if I take off both my socks, you'll see my dainty toes.
Aunt Spiker: But don't forget, my dearest Sponge, how much your tummy shows!
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Crazy Credits

After the credits, there is some footage of a carnival game based on the story being played. See more »

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Referenced in A Day in the Life of a Slacker (2012) See more »

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Composed by Arnold Steck
Courtesy of Zomba Music Services
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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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