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James and the Giant Peach (1996)

An orphan, who lives with his two cruel aunts, befriends human-like bugs who live inside a giant peach, and they embark 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)


$28,934,758 (USA)

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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 (1993), also directed by Henry Selick. Centipede can also be heard asking, "A Skellington?" as he enters the ship. See more »


When Spiker and Sponge are in the car attempting to drive away from the peach Spiker is the driver on the left side. She should be driving on the right side of the vehicle as they live in the English countryside. See more »


Miss Spider: Centipede I do not know whether to kill you or kiss you.
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Crazy Credits

Spider Wrangler - Steven Kutcher See more »


Good News
Written and Performed by Randy Newman
Arranged and Produced by Mervyn Warren
Horn Arrangement by Jerry Hey
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The book is better, but a nice adaption
10 July 1999 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

As a child James and the Giant Peach was one of my favorite books, so it was interesting to see how it would be formatted into a film. They actually did a pretty good job, although the book is much better. The animation was nicely done, and I liked the way the characters changed from life form to animated form- it gave the film a real surreal type of film. The songs were quite poor, and were obviously aimed at the kids to 'liven' things up a bit, after all some may say the story ventures on the dark side of things. It's nice to see a film aimed at children that can also appeal to adults as well, although it does help that many of us are very familiar with Roald Dahl's stories. In summary quite a good effort.

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