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James and the Giant Peach [1996] (1 disc)
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Director:Henry Selick
Writer:Jonathan Roberts
Karey Kirkpatrick
Steve Bloom
Composer:Randy Newman
Songs:Randy Newman
Length:79 minutes
(1 hour 19 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Sorting Category:Family
IMDB Rating:6.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:93%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Classifications:
  • Kids
  • Stop Motion
  • Fantasy
  • Family
  • Drama
  • Comedy
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Synopsis: An orphan with terrible aunts for guardians, befriends human like bugs who live inside a giant peach, who take the boy on a journey to New York City.


Reaction: Charming and imaginative. Some of the songs aren't as immediately catchy as I might like, but they're not bad. A little ear-worm-y.


Personal Rating: 7/10

Select Cast and Crew
Henry Selick => Director
Jonathan Roberts => Writer
Karey Kirkpatrick => Writer
Steve Bloom => Writer
Randy Newman => Composer / Songs
Roald Dahl => Book
David Thewlis => Earthworm (voice)
Jane Leeves => Ladybug (voice)
Jeff Bennett => Centipede (singing voice) (uncredited)
Joanna Lumley => Aunt Spiker
Miriam Margolyes => Glowworm (voice) / Aunt Sponge
Paul Terry => James
Pete Postlethwaite => Old Man
Richard Dreyfuss => Centipede (voice)
Sally Stevens => Glowworm (singing voice) (uncredited)
Simon Callow => Grasshopper (voice)
Steven Culp => James' Father
Susan Sarandon => Spider (voice)
Susan Turner-Cray => James' Mother

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • In the book, Spiker and Sponge are killed when the peach rolls over and crushes them. However, in the movie, they survive.
  • When Centipede opens the door to the Pirate Captain's quarters, he exclaims "A Skellington?" The puppet used for the captain in the icy water, or the head at least, is the same head that was used for Jack Skellington in The Nightmare Before Christmas.
  • This took 12 years to reach the screen. Roald Dahl himself was convinced that the property would never make a viable film.
  • According to the newspapers at the end, the movie takes place in 1949.
  • The lyrics for the song "Eating the Peach" were written by Roald Dahl.
  • Paul Terry quit acting after he got bitten in the spider scene.
  • 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.
  • Henry Selick initially considered doing the whole film in stop-motion, but decided on a blend with live-action to cut down on costs.
  • Miriam Margolyes (Sponge) and David Thewlis (Earthworm) both appeared in the [Harry Potter] film series, as Professors Sprout and Lupin respectively.