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James and the Giant Peach

by

Roger Davidson

James and the Giant Peach
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A charming fable from the creators of The Nightmare Before Christmas. Based on the Roald Dahl children's classic, the story follows the adventures of the title boy and his friends (all gigantic bugs) on a huge peach. The boy, James, wishes to get away from his wicked aunts, (Absolutely Fabulous' Joanna Lumley and Babe's Miriam Margoyles) who have kept him locked up in their rotted old house. Then, a strange man (Pete Postlethwaite) comes along and gives James some magic creatures. One of the little critters gets away and comes across a peach. After making the peach grow to the size of the house, as well as the inhabitants, James uses it as his getaway from a horrid life as he journeys to New York City: "The place where dreams come true!!" (Don't ask where that came from, it's Dahl's story).

Astounding stop motion animation and a script that stays pretty true to the original story, make this a charming movie for both children and adults alike. There are a few quirks. The quirks were mainly the songs by Randy Newman. I think a lot of people could have done without those. Also, the live action scenes are a little disappointing. Besides being a somewhat surreal, the settings during those scenes seem extremely fake. The animated scenes are much more interesting. The voices are good too: Richard Dreyfuss as the Centipede, Frasier's Jane Leeves as the ladybug and Susan Sarandon as the spider. I most certainly recommend it for the family.

My Rating = Three Stars


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