Snatched from Mrs Clonkers' Home for Girls on a cold and quiet night by a lumbering giant, the ten-year-old orphan, Sophie, is in for the adventure of a lifetime when the mysterious monster takes her back to his secret land: the distant Giant Country. There, Sophie will find herself in a realm with even bigger giants than her colossal grizzled kidnapper, who, fortunately, is a gentle vegetarian creature tasked with a noble mission. But, sooner or later, the land's flesh-eating inhabitants with the peculiar names will catch a whiff of the tiny human visitor, and then, no one can stand in their way. Now, only Her Majesty, the Queen of England, can thwart the ugly giants' sinister plans. Can Sophie's one and only friend--The Big Friendly Giant--protect her and the rest of the world from the horrors that surround us?Written by
According to Brian Cosgrove, when Roald Dahl saw his first screening of the film in Soho, when it ended and the lights went up, Dahl stood up and clapped. See more »
During the musical number 'Sometimes Secretly' in dream country, there is a brief moment where Sophie is drawn twice (just as the words 'and you tumble and glide' are sung). See more »
Queen Of England:
[after hearing a whizzpopper for the first time]
I think... on the whole... I prefer the bagpipes.
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The credits roll over stills from the movie. See more »
The version of the film aired on ITV and released on VHS, DVD and Blu-ray omits a scene that takes place after Sophie and The BFG leave Dream Country, but before they get to his Dream Cave, they approach the other giant's domain again, and Sophie is somehow separated and placed in peril when she accidentally sits upon a giant dragonfly that flies off and drops her among the sleeping giants, who begin to stir from her scent. The BFG rescues her before they awake and begin scouring the land, convinced there is a human present. The shot of the giants departing is later reused in the film as part of the Queen's nightmare of them and their heinous acts. See more »
It's hard to actively dislike this adaptation but compared to the funny and grotesque novel by Roald Dahl, there's a definitely a lack of energy to the film. It's all very well scrubbed and nicely behaved, lacking the bite that the best versions of his children's books have, such as "Matilda" or "The Witches". The film was originally made for TV and sadly the animation has a decidedly flat look. There's no real sense of danger, even when the brutish man eating giants are on screen. Vocal work is effective but no one stands out. A pity because the Cosgrove Hall company has produced some of the funniest, most iconoclastic cartoons ever put on UK TV. So watch some Count Duckula or Dangermouse instead to appreciate their talents.
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