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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.

Director:

Henry Selick

Writers:

Roald Dahl (based on the book by), Karey Kirkpatrick (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Climb aboard for the adventure of your life! 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 and the Giant Peach See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,539,098, 14 April 1996

Gross USA:

$28,946,127

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$28,946,127
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The "happy" tune the Grasshopper plays for James is Johann Sebastian Bach's Partita for Violin Solo No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006: 3rd movement, Gavotte en rondeau. See more »

Goofs

After James looks at the map and figures out that they are going to New York City, the Centipede spins his Cigar in reaction. Two filament lines attached to the Cigar that were used to suspend it are clearly visible. See more »

Quotes

[James has discovered he has changed]
James: It's like he said: Marvelous things will happen.
Glowworm: Did he say, "Marvelous pigs in satin"?
Grasshopper: No, dear lady.
[He takes out a megaphone and speaks through it]
Grasshopper: Marvelous things will happen.
[to James]
Grasshopper: Poor Glowworm, she's a little deaf.
Earthworm: I, on the other hand, have exquisite hearing.
Centipede: Oh, yeah? Well, listen to this...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

After the credits, there is some footage of a carnival game based on the story being played. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Grim Fandango (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Family
Written by Randy Newman
Performed by Simon Callow, Richard Dreyfuss, Jane Leeves, Susan Sarandon, David Thewlis, Miriam Margolyes and Paul Terry (all uncredited)
Additional vocals by Jeff Bennett
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Wonderful
12 October 1999 | by ArkaanSee all my reviews

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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