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Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl [6]

Born:September 13, 1916
Died:November 23, 1990 (74)
Filmography Rating:7.28 / 10
IMDB Rating:7.05 / 10
Amazon Rating:4.30 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:83.62%
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List of Titles and Roles/Jobs:
You Only Live Twice [1967](51) => Writer
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang [1968](52) => Writer
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory [1971](55) => Book 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'
Matilda [1996](80) => Book
James and the Giant Peach [1996](80) => Book
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory [2005](89) => Book 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'

Trivia that mentions this person:
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang [1968]
  • The film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang has a different story than the original book by Ian Fleming. The story used in the film was created by author Roald Dahl, who is best known for the children's books James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Ironically, the first [James Bond] film not to follow the original book was You Only Live Twice, which also used an original story by Dahl.
    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory [1971]
  • The song Wonka sings on the boat ride ("There's no earthly way of knowing... ") are the only song lyrics taken directly from Roald Dahl's book. All other songs were written specifically for the film.
    You've Got Mail [1998]
  • The passage that we see Kathleen Kelly reading during her bookshop's story time to a group of kids (including Joe Fox's aunt and brother) is from Boy: Tales of Childhood, an autobiographical children's novel written by Roald Dahl.
    James and the Giant Peach [1996]
  • The lyrics for the song "Eating the Peach" were written by Roald Dahl.
  • This took 12 years to reach the screen. Roald Dahl himself was convinced that the property would never make a viable film.
    The LEGO Batman Movie [2017]
  • The gremlins dismantling the plane is a reference to Roald Dahl's Gremlins book, originally owned by Disney.
    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory [2005]
  • The lyrics to four of the five musical numbers in the movie were written by Roald Dahl himself.
    Matilda [1996]
  • The picture of Miss Honey's father, Magnus, is actually a portrait of Roald Dahl, the author of the book "Matilda," upon which the film is based.
  • In the movie (not the book) Miss Honey, as a child, had a doll named Liccy Doll. One of the producers of the film is author Roald Dahl's widow, [?] Liccy Dahl.
  • Matilda, when describing her love of Charles Dickens to Miss Honey, accidentally mispronounces his name as "Darles Chickens." This is a nod to another novel by Roald Dahl, "The BFG," in which the title character continuously mispronounces Charles Dickens' name.
  • Near the end of the film as well as the book, Matilda tells Miss Honey about the speed of a mouse's beating heart. This is a subtle reference to another book by Roald Dahl, The Witches, in which the protagonist and his grandmother have the same discussion. It's also a direct quote from the original text.
    Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation [2018]
  • The gremlins resemble the title monsters of Gremlins (1984) and Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990), but their behavior on the plane also calls to mind the, as it were, original "gremlins". Gremlins were once known to the Royal Air Force as mischievous imps who sabotage planes. Whenever something went wrong and no one knew why, a gremlin was blamed. During his time in the Royal Air Force, author Roald Dahl heard this myth and wrote a story about them, making gremlins famous (or, perhaps, infamous) throughout the world.