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. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi
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Grouped Work ID0c6f991d-d1a0-2f49-97e3-48022225e2b9
Grouping Titlejames and the giant peach
Grouping Authorwalt disney pictures
Grouping Categorymovie
Last Grouping Update2020-01-20 19:04:24PM
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auth_author2Blum, Steve, 1965-
Burton, Tim, 1958-
Callow, Simon, 1949-
Dahl, Roald.
Di Novi, Denise,
Dreyfuss, Richard,
Kirkpatrick, Karey,
Leeves, Jane,
Postlethwaite, Pete,
Roberts, Jonathan, 1956-
Sarandon, Susan, 1946-
Selick, Henry,
Selick, Henry.
author2-roleAllied Filmmakers (Firm)
Blum, Steve,1965-screenwriter.
Buena Vista Home Entertainment (Firm)
Burton, Tim,1958-producer.
Callow, Simon,1949-actor.
Dahl, Roald.
Dahl, Roald.James and the giant peach.
Di Novi, Denise,producer.
Dreyfuss, Richard,actor.
Kirkpatrick, Karey,screenwriter.
Leeves, Jane,actor.
Postlethwaite, Pete,actor.
Roberts, Jonathan,1956-screenwriter.
Sarandon, Susan,1946-actor.
Selick, Henry,director.
Selick, Henry.
Walt Disney Home Video (Firm)
Walt Disney Pictures.
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subject_facetAction and adventure films
Animated films
Boys -- Drama
Boys -- Juvenile drama
Boys -- Juvenile films
Children's films
Fantasy films
Feature films
Fiction films
Film adaptations
Films for the hearing impaired
French language track
Imagination -- Drama
Imagination in children
Imagination in children -- Juvenile drama
Juvenile works
Live-action/animation films
Magia -- Teatro juvenil
Magic -- Drama
Magic -- Juvenile drama
Magic -- Juvenile films
Melocotón -- Teatro juvenil
Motion pictures
Muchachos -- Teatro juvenil
Peach -- Drama
Peach -- Juvenile films
Puppet films
Spanish language track
Video recordings
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
title_displayJames and the giant peach
title_fullJames and the giant peach / Walt Disney Pictures ; directed by Henry Selick
James and the giant peach [videorecording] / Walt Disney Pictures ; directed by Henry Selick
James and the giant peach [videorecording] / Walt Disney Pictures presents ; in association with Allied Filmmakers ; screenplay by Karey Kirkpatrick and Jonathan Roberts & Steve Bloom ; produced by Denise Di Novi and Tim Burton ; directed by Henry Selick
title_shortJames and the giant peach
topic_facetAnimated films
Children's films
Fantasy films
Feature films
Films for the hearing impaired
French language track
Imagination in children
Puppet films
Spanish language track