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
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Henry Selick initially considered doing the whole film in stop-motion, but decided on a blend with live-action to cut down on costs. See more »
When the peach goes rolling down the hill, it rolls along the top of a fence, getting the fence stuck in its sides in a counter-clockwise descending spiral. Once the peach hits the water, though, every scene after shows the fence in a clockwise descending spiral, when viewed from above. See more »
[the bugs and James have landed in the ocean]
We are in, what you call, the Big Puddle.
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After the credits, there is some footage of a carnival game based on the story being played. See more »
I was surprised that people thought this film was average, or so-so. I found it to me a movie that was so much fun to watch.
Starts out live-action, than it seagues into stop-motion animation. Some of the scenes are very memorable (the pirate attack) and the voices are delightful. Not as good as Nightmare Before Christmas, but every bit as imaginative.
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