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James And The Giant Peach [VHS] [1996]

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  • Actors: Paul Terry, Joanna Lumley, Pete Postlethwaite, Simon Callow, Richard Dreyfuss
  • Directors: Henry Selick
  • Writers: Jonathan Roberts, Karey Kirkpatrick, Roald Dahl, Steve Bloom
  • Producers: Henry Selick, Brian Rosen, Denise Di Novi
  • Format: VHS
  • Language: English
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Fox
  • VHS Release Date: 1 Oct. 1999
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CTSJ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,776 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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When his parents are killed by a giant rhino, James Henry Trotter has to live with (and skivvy for) his nasty aunts Spiker and Sponge. However, after he is given magic crocodile tongues by a stranger, amazing things begin to happen. James escapes from his aunts by climbing inside a giant peach, and setting off with all the friendly, talking insects who live inside it. A mixture of live action for the out-of-peach sequences and animation for the main part of the story.

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Roald Dahl's modern classic for children becomes a delightful combination of live action and stop-motion animation by the team that made The Nightmare Before Christmas: director Henry Selick and producers Tim Burton (Batman) and Denise Di Novi. The story concerns young James (played for real and through voice-overs by Paul Terry), who is orphaned and left in the charge of two cruel aunts (Miriam Margolyes, Joanna Lumley). Rescued by a mysterious fellow (Pete Postlethwaite), James ends up inside a giant peach, drifting over the Atlantic Ocean in the company of a gentleman grasshopper (voiced by Simon Callow), a fast-talking centipede (Richard Dreyfuss), an anxious earthworm (David Thewlis), a matronly ladybug (Jane Leeves), and a sexy spider (Susan Sarandon). The collection of actors and their creepy-crawly alter egos are a delight, especially when some of the song-and-dance numbers (tunes are written by Randy Newman) get everyone going. --Tom Keogh

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Sept. 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Superb animation , combined with the vocal skills of Joanna Lumley and Miriam Margoyles. My 5 year old with the "attention span of a gnat" was enthralled and absolutely quiet for the entire movie. A wonderful adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic. From the begining where James is under the thumb of his cruel aunts, through the magical journey with his fellow insect friends and his arrival in New York we were all captivated. A film that crosses both age and gender barriers. What more can I say.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "hfb101" on 25 July 2005
Format: DVD
...are just two words I would use to describe this. I saw it yesterday for the first time, and was amazed how much fun it was. Great characterisation and animation, and the little boy is just scrummy!
My favourite (apart from James) was the Centipede, as I LOVE Richard Dreyfuss in anything. He was such a wise guy....
"That'll teach you to mess with me, you overgrown sardine - I'm from Brooklyn!"
How much I enjoyed this film just goes to show that I'm a big kid - 37 going on 7!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 April 2009
Format: DVD
I remember watching this film when it first came out and I loved it, but watching it again with my children recently I wasn't quite as struck on it as I was before.

The story itself is fantastic and I'd like to think that a lot of children will already be familiar with the Roald Dhal classic about a unfortunate young boy who finds sanctuary from his evil aunties by adventuring with insect companions on a massive peach.

Obviously with any translation to screen, a book is going to be adapted to fit the movie - it is Americanised, but the principle cast ensure that it doesn't feel as though it's at a great cost to the film. But the story itself isn't as edgy as the book, the film relies more on the insect characters and of those only two stand out as interesting; the New Yorker Caterpillar (voiced by Richard Dreyfuss) and the worm. The worm is played by the unmistakable voice of David Thewlis - and to be honest he is the star of the film in my opinion, but then I'm perhaps biased as I'm a Thewlis fan, but when did you ever see him give a dud performance?

James and the Giant Peach becomes a fun musical, but apart from the song 'Eating the Peach' the soundtrack is jaunty but never catchy. You watch this and feel that it was perhaps all done to a higher standard in the brilliant The Nightmare Before Christmas. If the songs had been of a higher quality then this would have been a fantastic family film - but as it stands, it's not bad.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. C. M. Mitchell on 18 Nov. 2011
Format: DVD
Definitely a genuine DVD not a copy, which is a worry when you buy DVDs online I know! Arrived quickly and safely too.
Great film, as all Roald Dahl films are! Bought this after my daughter read the book for the first time and loved the story. Film is a mix between live-action and animation and is what you expect from any other Tim Burton film! Fabulous fun!
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Roald Dahl is a great writer and this is a great adaptation. Very true to the book except the Chapter about the snow giants throwing things at the peach seems to have been left out. The film starts out as real film footage, with Joanna Lumely making a terrifying Aunt Spiker. Once the 'magic' has had its full effect on the 2 wicked aunts', miserable looking peach tree, the screen play switches to the most wonderful animation. Full of disaster and triumph. Still as engaging as it always was, with a sense of mild threat running through it (the rhinocerous that has eaten James's parents appears to be stalking the peach). I can see that some small children might find it scary. But me and Charlie (age3 and a half) love it! I also use the film rather than the book, to talk about "James and The Giant Peach" with 7-8 year olds who find reading the book too much of a challenge.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ruth on 20 Jun. 2011
Format: DVD
Excellent DVD - I've been reading the book with the children and it's good to be able to watch it AFTER we've read it. The children now understand that sometimes the film doesn't stick to the story in the book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Perfectlypinkable on 26 Aug. 2011
Format: DVD
Again another big screen adaptation of a Roald Dahl classic and stands up there with the BFG and recently the fantastic mr fox. I think I enjoyed this more than my son but hope he will grow to love this too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marie on 26 Oct. 2011
Format: DVD
Received with thanks ! Perfect my son loves this film, arrived within expected delivery due dates.
No hassle at all with this order
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