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James and the Giant Peach (1996)

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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.

Director:

Henry Selick

Writers:

Roald Dahl (based on the book by), Karey Kirkpatrick (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Simon Callow ... Grasshopper (voice)
Richard Dreyfuss ... Centipede (voice)
Jane Leeves ... Ladybug (voice)
Joanna Lumley ... Aunt Spiker
Miriam Margolyes ... Aunt Sponge / Glowworm (voice)
Pete Postlethwaite ... Old Man
Susan Sarandon ... Spider (voice)
Paul Terry Paul Terry ... James
David Thewlis ... Earthworm (voice)
J. Stephen Coyle J. Stephen Coyle ... Reporter #2
Steven Culp ... James' Father
Cirocco Dunlap Cirocco Dunlap ... Girl with Telescope
Michael Girardin Michael Girardin ... Reporter #1
Tony Haney Tony Haney ... Reporter #3
Kathryn Howell ... 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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If you really don't go to the movies, you won't see... See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some frightening images | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Disney's Official Site

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

James e o Pêssego Gigante See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$135,378, 26 July 1996

Gross USA:

$28,934,758
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker briefly recite a few lines from a poem written by Roald Dahl. See more »

Goofs

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

[on his experience of the world]
Centipede: I did live between two pages of The National Geographic. Very informative magazine, the National Geographic. Lots of nice pictures.
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Spider Wrangler - Steven Kutcher See more »

Alternate Versions

The 3D version, as well as the 2012 DVD and Blu-ray releases, replaces the Disney logo with the more current logo. See more »

Connections

Referenced in While We're Young (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

My Name Is James
Written by Randy Newman
Performed by Paul Terry
Additional vocal by Drew Harrah
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The book is better, but a nice adaption
10 July 1999 | by Meredith-7See 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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