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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).
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This film took twelve years to reach the screen. Roald Dahl himself was convinced that the property would never make a viable film.
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According to the newspapers at the end, the movie takes place in 1949.
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Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker briefly recite a few lines from a poem written by Roald Dahl.
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When Centipede opens the door to the Pirate Captain's quarters, he exclaims, "A Skellington?" The puppet head that was used for the captain is actually the same as Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993).
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The lyrics for the song "Eating the Peach" were written by Roald Dahl.
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Henry Selick initially considered doing the whole film in stop-motion, but ultimately decided on a blend with live-action to cut down on costs.
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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.
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Miriam Margolyes is the second actor/actress in a Disney live action movie to provide both a live-action role and a voice-over role. The first would be James Baskett in Song of the South (1946).
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Sam Mendes (American Beauty (1999), Road to Perdition (2002), Skyfall (2012), and Spectre (2015)) is currently in early talks to direct a remake to "James and the Giant Peach."
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This is the last time Denise Di Novi was co-producer with Tim Burton.
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Andy Partridge, of the British pop group XTC, was originally tapped to write the songs for this film. When Partridge backed out over the compensation he was offered, the producers called on Randy Newman instead after Toy Story (1995) became a hit. Partridge eventually released demo versions of the four songs he composed for the film.
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Miriam Margolyes (Sponge) and David Thewlis (Earthworm) both appeared in the Harry Potter film series, as Professors Sprout and Lupin respectively.
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DIRECTOR_TRADEMARK(Henry Selick): [stop motion]: Half of the movie was done in stop-motion animation.
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The movie was filmed on 22 different soundstages.
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Pete Postlewaith and Miriam Margoyles starred together in Romeo + Juliet.
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TRADE (Tim Burton): ck and white stripes]: Miss spider's black and white striped abdomen.
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

In the book, Spiker and Sponge are killed when the peach rolls over and crushes them. However, in the movie, they survive.
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