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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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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some frightening images | See all certifications »

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The puppet used for the captain in the icy water, or the head at least, is the same head that was used for Jack in The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993). 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

[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

Spider Wrangler - Steven Kutcher See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Wonderful World of Roald Dahl (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Partita for Violin No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006: Gavotte en Rondeau
(uncredited)
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
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Colorful, Inventive Dahl Adaptation
29 March 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Here's another inventive film, based on a book by the famous author of child books, Roald Dahl, who wrote "Charlie And The Chocolate Factory."

The animation, featuring stop-action stick figures, is outstanding, as are the colors. Each character is unique, like none I've seen before in other animated flicks. Not only the characters, but how they are dressed. (i.e. long gloves and stockings on a spider). The aunts in here are a real hoot to look at, particularly the one with the pronounced teeth.

The storyline is simple and there is absolutely nothing offensive including no typical Disney New Age baloney. The only warning I would give is there is a bit too much violence for very small kids and the ending is a bit silly for adults.

This is a musical, which I did not expect, and the songs are nothing special. There are not a lot of them: five to be exact. In all, good entertainment and a good visual and audio film for a nice DVD system.


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