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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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 ...
Reporter #3
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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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Adventures this big don't grow on trees. See more »


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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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When Centipede opens the door to the Pirate Captain's quarters, he exclaims, "A Skellington?" The puppet head that was used for the captain is actually the same as Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993). See more »

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At the start of the movie, the narrator states that a rhino appears out of nowhere and eats James' parents. The aunts bring up the rhino several times during the movie. It's later revealed that the rhino is just a bunch of smoke and noise, which makes no sense because that same rhino ate James' parents. Perhaps the biggest error of all is the fact the whole thing with the rhino "appearing out of nowhere" is never explained. In the book, James' parents are eaten by a rhino that escaped from the London Zoo while they were shopping at the market. The book explains it, whilst the movie does not. See more »

Quotes

Centipede: I'm crazy about mosquitoes on a piece of buttered toast/And pickled spines of porcupines and a great big roast!/And dragon's flesh, quite old, not fresh, it costs a buck at most!
Glowworm: Does it come with gravy?
Centipede: It comes to you in barrels if you order it by post!
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Referenced in Danville 2nd Ward Young Men: Sledding Trip 2010 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Eating The Peach
Music by Randy Newman
Lyrics by Roald Dahl
Performed by Richard Dreyfuss (uncredited), Susan Sarandon (uncredited), Simon Callow (uncredited), Jane Leeves (uncredited), Paul Terry (uncredited), and David Thewlis (uncredited)
Additional vocals by Jeff Bennett and Sally Stevens
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Utterly delightful and a must-see!!
22 November 2002 | by (Stockholm, Sweden) – See all my reviews

There is sooo much I like with this movie. It has imagination, a sense of wonder and characters you either love or hate. And the blend of live action and stop-motion animation is a delight. The songs incorporated in this story is not very memorable but sweet and fit their purpose. And you simply have to love to hate Margoyles and Lumley in their parts as the aunts from hell. They treat poor James so horribly that I thought that "Cinderella had it easy"! Compared to "nightmare before Christmas" I actually liked this movie better. It has more of a heart even if the story itself may be just a bit less interesting and inventive. There are so many good scenes but among the highlights is the arctic adventure and the New York sequence. But, mind you, the opening is very deceptive and might scare younger parts of the audience. Otherwise, a must-see!!!


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