James and the Giant Peach

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A young boy's discovery of a gigantic peach triggers an eventful journey across the sea in this strikingly designed and surprisingly twisted animated adventure. A live-action framing device establishes the dark yet fanciful mood one might expect from an adaptation of a Roald Dahl story, as young British lad James Paul Terry is orphaned by the death of his parents and forced to live with two cruel, repulsive aunts played by noted British character actors Miriam Margolyes and Joanna Lumley of British TV hit Absolutely Fabulous. The visit of a mysterious stranger provides a means of escape, however, through a magic bag of "crocodile tongues" that bring about the appearance of the giant peach. The curious James soon winds up inside the fruit, at which point his body changes, and the film switches to a combination of stop-motion and digital animation. The new James meets up with a group of talking, oversized insects, including a vampish spider voiced by Susan Sarandon, a sarcastic centipede voiced by Richard Dreyfuss, and a matronly ladybug voiced by Jane Leeves. These creatures become his traveling companions when the peach rolls into the Atlantic Ocean, and James and his new friends must brave a variety of dangers to reach the shore. Director Henry Selick provides further proof of the visual skill he demonstrated in The Nightmare Before Christmas, creating a fascinating, often eerie alternate universe, while Randy Newman provides the upbeat musical accompaniment. Young children may be disturbed by the story's creepier overtones, but the mixture of remarkable visuals, oddball characters, and off-kilter fantasy will appeal to all other audiences.
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  • Release Date: 10/15/1996
  • UPC: 786936009071
  • Original Release: 1996
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  • Source: Walt Disney Video
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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Simon Callow Grasshopper
Joanna Lumley Aunt Spiker
Richard Dreyfuss Voice Only
Jane Leeves Voice Only
Pete Postlethwaite Old Man
Miriam Margolyes Aunt Sponge/Glowworm
Paul Terry James
Susan Sarandon Voice Only
David Thewlis Voice Only
Steven Culp James' Father
Tony Haney Reporter #3
Al Nalbandian Cabby
Vanessa Redgrave
Mike Starr Beat Cop
Guy Witcher
Technical Credits
Henry Selick Director, Co-producer
Scott E. Anderson Special Effects
Agamemnon Andrianos Sound/Sound Designer
Steven L. Bloom Screenwriter
Tim Burton Producer
Brian Chavanne Casting
Jake Eberts Executive Producer
John S. Engel Co-producer
Robin Gurland Casting
Ros Hubbard Casting
John Hubbard Casting
Harley Jessup Production Designer
Karey Kirkpatrick Screenwriter
Pete Kozachik Cinematographer, Special Effects Supervisor
Hiro Narita Cinematographer
Randy Newman Score Composer, Songwriter
Denise Di Novi Executive Producer
Jonathan Roberts Screenwriter
Brian Rosen Co-producer
Blake Russell Art Director
Julie Slinger Costumes/Costume Designer
Richard Snell Makeup
Stan Webb Editor
Roald Dahl Source Author
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2010

    Strongly Recommended - Great Read for Young Adults !

    James and the Giant Peach, is a story of sadness, magic, and a lot of hope. It's the story of a small boy James and his horrible life living with his wicked aunts until one day a little magic happens, and his whole life is changed, FOREVER. This book shows how a little magic can go a long way, and how in the end things usually work out in ways you can't imagine. James parents are dead, and not only do his to acts yell at him in his care, but beat him, and make sure he feels worthless. But James knows there's more out there to see, and hopes of someday escaping. He's forced to chop firewood one day and finds a strange man there, but he's not afraid. The man gives him a bag filled with more magic one can explain, James is unaware that this magic, could take him halfway across the world, with sights of cloud men, sharks, and giant creatures but he's soon to find out.
    When all this magic is held in one bag, in James' tiny hands, he watches all the magic slip away from him by one mistake. His life is ruined. Or so he thought? With one dose of magic to an unfertile peach tree, a peach begins to grow. Not only is this peach used for transportation for James in the future but home to many friends with hopes of adventure. And that's exactly what they get.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A Very Good Companion to the Book!

    We purchased this DVD as a companion to the book "James and the Giant Peach," by Roald Dahl for our grandson at Christmas. It is well animated and sticks to the book and to the author's intent. As a former English teacher, I have found that the good or well produced movie enhances any good book and encourages children and adults to read. This is a good way to stay bonded to your children or grandchildren, no matter their age. Our sons, now grown with families of their own, still recommend good DVD's, movies, or videos to us and we to them. We all still like to discuss the well made movie with each other when we visit. All of us always try to read the book first if we can. Good movies are great fun, but reading is the best thing of all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    LOOKED EVERYWHERE FOR THIS DVD

    IT TOOK ME TO THIS YEAR TO FIND THIS MOVIE ON DVD. IT IS THE LOVE OF MY GRANDSONS LIFE. HE IS NOW 10 AND HE STILL FEELS THAT WAY. I GAVE IT TO HIM FOR EASTER AND HE SAID IT WAS BETTER THAN THE CANDY. IT'S FUN FOR EVERYONE. ALL FAMILIES SHOULD HAVE THIS ONE IN THEIR HOME DVD LIBRARY.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    James and the Giant Peach

    When I think of this I think of that scary Rhino. This is the story of James who finds a giant peach and lives with his seriously creepy aunts ever. He meets a mysterious guy with one weird eye and travels inside the giant peach meeting interesting bugs like the black widow who was one of my fave characters. The scene with the frozen ice and the ship was pretty cool especially with the sword fight scene with the Centipede. The ending was good and that rhino is still creepy even today.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I saw this movie when I was in elementary school

    I saw this movie when I was in elementary school on a field trip and we went to the park for lunch. Before we were getting ready to leave the park, I wanted to use the restroom beofre we left. I shouted at one of the teachers because she wouldn't let me use it. My teacher told me to owe the person an apology and I refused because she wouldn't let me use the restroom. I was not allowed to go on their next field trip with them as a result.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I saw this movie when I was younger

    I went to see James and the Giant Peach on a field trip when I was in elementary school once. We went to the park for lunch and when we were getting ready to leave. I wanted to use the restroom before we left the park and I shouted at one of the teachers for not letting me use it and my teacher told me to owe the person an apology and I refused because she wouldn't let me use the restroom. I was not allowed to go on their next field trip with them as a result.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    James Comes to Life

    My grandmother gave me this book on my 9th birthday and I just saw this movie and found it to be an excellent film. Highly recommend it for the kids!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Buy this movie for yourself--never mind kids!

    ''James and the Giant Peach'' is a uniquely artistic, funny, adventuresome experience for viewers of all ages. It's a surrealistic, ''Cinderella'' meets the ''Wizard of Oz'' meets ''The Nightmare Before Christmas''...only better!!!! Parts are almost reminiscent of today's rock videos (Creed, et al)----incredible!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome!

    You will find yourself drawn into this flick! It's a true modern day masterpiece. If you like Tim Burton's work, you've got to catch this one; it's a beautiful piece of work that'll grab at your heart right from the start and take it on a rollercoaster ride. Awesome, awesome, awesome!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREAT from Jacksonville

    What can I say? Tim Burton worked on this film. It's amazing the detail that was thought about in making this movie. And what a wonderful classic story to draw from. Highly recommended!!!!

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