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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 & 12 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 ... 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 to get to New York. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some frightening images | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Aunt Spiker has similarities to Lady Tremaine (stepmother of Cinderella), as both of them force the protagonists of their respective films to work as slaves. Coincidentally, Spiker and Sponge also resemble Cinderella's sisters, in particular, the fat and lean one, respectively. See more »

Goofs

There is no way James's aunts could have driven across the ocean from England to New York. Cars can't float on water and one would not survive in a submerged car. Even so, it's impossible to drive at a comparable distance in the time it took for James and his insect friends to travel to New York. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Old Man: This is James Henry Trotter. He lived with his mother and father in a cozy little house by the sea.
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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

Featured in Nostalgia Critic: James and the Giant Peach (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

That's The Life (Reprise)
Written by Randy Newman
Performed by (Cast)
Additional vocals by Jeff Bennett
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Well . . . it was okay.
28 October 2000 | by omar-23See all my reviews

I don't know. This movie could have used a lot of work. It just wasn't good to me. I thought the storyline was a little out of date. For example, in the book, James' parents got killed by a rhino that ran away from the zoo. In this movie, it was a big rhino that literally came from the sky, and it symbolized something like James overcoming his fears. At the end of the movie, you were left asking yourself, "Huh?"

I guess the animation was cool, but the music was annoying. Let's be honest, Disney hasn't made any memorable songs since The Lion King. The music in this basically sucked. The song, "My Name Is James," was annoying. It just kept saying "James, James, James . . ." to the point where you would just want to put your fist through the movie screen. This movie could have been a lot better, and I guess it should have lived more up to the book. I don't know. It's just my opinion. I could be wrong.


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Official Sites:

Disney's Official Site

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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