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Plot: 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. Runtime: 79 mins Release Date: 31 Dec 1995
James and the Giant Peach may not have the cult status of Nightmare Before Christmas, but, aside from mixing live-action bookends with the all-animated center of the film not a great idea; should have been all-animation , it's a faithful and wonderful adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic dream-like story. The animation is superb, the voice talent wonderful Susan Sarandon's sexy Eastern European Miss Spider takes the cake , and, as Time Magazine said, the film in many ways surpasses the book. Though there are flaws in the screen story by Karey Kirkpatrick, their effect on the <more>
overall emotional ride of the film is negligible. After seeing it again recently first time in several years , I was amazed at what an incredibly beautiful film it is, beautiful colors and design and effects like teacup clouds and the cloud rhino. I especially loved the mechanical shark and the ships' arctic graveyard sequence where Centipede redeems himself by diving into the water to find a compass to get the peach back on course. Overall, a great film.
James and the Giant Peach was for me one of the most magical animation movie i have ever seen. I enjoyed every part of this film, the music the dancing and most of all the unique voice of Ms. Ladybug she was the best. Most of the times when i get sad i just play that first song that James sang it truly lifts my spirit, even though it made me cry. I also must say that James two aunts acted well in this movie even though they where monsters i enjoyed them. overall this is a great movie for anyone who likes adventure a family movie that brings sadness and joy altogether. James and the Giant <more>
Peach i give it a 9/10 for its well casted and well acted which for me made this movie a must see.
For a Disney movie, this is a great piece of work. (by Tenchi64589)
I watched this movie tonight and I remembered almost half of it being some of the best comedic voice acting ever.I do realize that some of the ambiguously disguised language is there, not to mention the alleged "frightening images," but this is a movie that can and should be seen by anybody... just watching this movie is sure to give anybody an unshakable boost of self-confidence! This is not only very uplifting, but it's also very funny. I normally wouldn't like a Disney film, but this is a rare find that should be in every collection.10/10
Utterly delightful and a must-see!! (by jangu)
There is sooo much I like with this movie. It has imagination, a sense of wonder and characters you either love or hate. And the blend of live action and stop-motion animation is a delight. The songs incorporated in this story is not very memorable but sweet and fit their purpose. And you simply have to love to hate Margoyles and Lumley in their parts as the aunts from hell. They treat poor James so horribly that I thought that "Cinderella had it easy"! Compared to "nightmare before Christmas" I actually liked this movie better. It has more of a heart even if the story <more>
itself may be just a bit less interesting and inventive. There are so many good scenes but among the highlights is the arctic adventure and the New York sequence. But, mind you, the opening is very deceptive and might scare younger parts of the audience. Otherwise, a must-see!!!
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 <more>
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.
And Now The Weather Forecast: Rhino Has A Giant Cold... (by wobelix)
What a pleasant feel good film this little gem is !After the sugar and sweet opening, including a hair raising song in the very worst Disney Style, Burton and Dahl break in and off we go, on an adventure that is fun and cheeky and in which not all the sharp edges have been blunted, thank Goodness.Before we can go on a journey with the Giant Peach however, first Little James have to be orphaned. And he is, in a matter of fact voice-over that makes for a surprise element here. A bold way to get the plot in motion, and it works ! Many keep on wandering what or who that rhino was, that took the <more>
life of the parents just like that, on a whim. Well, anybody can be swept away by the rhino in the sky, or so the nasty aunties will have you believe anyway...The visuals are stunning, the dialogues are bubbling fizzing electrical fun and brought wonderfully and lovingly by a great cast, and direction is clear cut, sharp and focused.A lovely film, that makes you wonder what is Selnick & Burton and what's genuine Roald Dahl.A splendid film that makes you go out and want to read a great book again . What more can we possibly ask of a peach?Hmmm, well ... about that Rhino in the stormy clouds ... Maybe ... If it's based in Britain, couldn't we tempt it to take a holiday somewhere in, say, Bora Bora or the Halls of Montezuma ? The English are quite accustomed to their climate, but their rhino gives us, here in the Lowlands, more than our share of rain and sleet too !!!
The book is better, but a nice adaption (by Meredith-7)
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 <more>
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.
A delightful adaptation of the book by Roald Dahl! (by TheLittleSongbird)
True, it isn't as good as the book, which is a childhood favourite of mine, but it is still a delightful and charming film. The look of the film is splendid, with bright colours in most scenes and some very memorable scenes such as the killer sharks, and the peach was stupendous. The script is very clever and funny, especially with Centipede, who has some truly hilarious lines. The performances are exceptional, Paul Terry is very appealing as James and Pete Postelthwaite delights as the mysterious man, who is responsible for changing James's life forever. There is also a terrific <more>
voice cast, including Simon Callow, Richard Dreyfuss, Susan Sarandon and David Thewlis who breathe fresh air into the screenplay, but it is certainly Miriam Margoyles and Joanna Lumley as the ghastly aunts who steal the show. I do however have two complaints of the film. I did find Randy Newman's songs forgettable, and they occasionally mar the film's pacing, and Paul Terry's singing voice just was a bit weak. Other than that, it is a delightful film, with an 8/10. Bethany Cox
I can't believe this is a Disney movie (by gnu165)
As far as trying to translate the magical world that Dahl creates in this and his other novels, this movie is on point. It shows James magical journey and helps to capture the childhood innocence that James embodies throughout the movie. Visually the movie is stunning using both computers and stop motion animation to create something that couldn't be done in real life. But the fact that this is a Disney picture really surprises me, the subtle reference to psychotropic drugs, the gift of the old man, and the somewhat darker theme of the death of James' parents along with the truly <more>
wicked aunts. It strays away from what they typically do there at Disney, make movies to make money, and makes a movie which is both engrossing and rather good artistic vision.