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James and the Giant Peach (1996)

PG  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Family  |  12 April 1996 (USA)
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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Grasshopper (voice)
Centipede (voice)
Ladybug (voice)
Aunt Sponge / Glowworm (voice)
Spider (voice)
Paul Terry ...
Earthworm (voice)
J. Stephen Coyle ...
Reporter #2
James' Father
Cirocco Dunlap ...
Girl with Telescope
Michael Girardin ...
Reporter #1
Tony Haney ...
Reporter #3
Woman in Bathrobe (as Kathrine Howell)


James' happy life at the English seaside is rudely ended when his parents are killed by a rhinoceros and he goes to live with his two horrid aunts. Daringly saving the life of a spider he comes into possession of magic boiled crocodile tongues, after which an enormous peach starts to grow in the garden. Venturing inside he meets not only the spider but a number of new friends including a ladybug and a centipede who help him with his plan to try and get to New York. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some frightening images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 April 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

James e o Pêssego Gigante  »

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Box Office


$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$135,378 (USA) (26 July 1996)


JPY 22,491,500 (Japan) (3 January 1997)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Andy Partridge, of the British pop group XTC, was originally tapped to write the songs for this film. When Partridge backed out over the compensation he was offered, the producers called on Randy Newman instead. Partridge eventually released demo versions of the four songs he composed for the film. See more »


James gets out of bed in his nightshirt, fights his aunt and falls down the stairs head first. His night shirt slips up and reveals that his stunt double is wearing white pants down to his knees. The next shot of James at the foot of the stairs shows that he's not wearing pants. See more »


Miss Spider: No one will be eating you James.
Centipede: Naw, she'll just puncture your head and suck out the brains.
Miss Spider: That I am saving for you.
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Spider Wrangler - Steven Kutcher See more »


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Partita for Violin No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006: Gavotte en Rondeau
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
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User Reviews

Utterly delightful and a must-see!!
22 November 2002 | by (Stockholm, Sweden) – See all my reviews

There is sooo much I like with this movie. It has imagination, a sense of wonder and characters you either love or hate. And the blend of live action and stop-motion animation is a delight. The songs incorporated in this story is not very memorable but sweet and fit their purpose. And you simply have to love to hate Margoyles and Lumley in their parts as the aunts from hell. They treat poor James so horribly that I thought that "Cinderella had it easy"! Compared to "nightmare before Christmas" I actually liked this movie better. It has more of a heart even if the story itself may be just a bit less interesting and inventive. There are so many good scenes but among the highlights is the arctic adventure and the New York sequence. But, mind you, the opening is very deceptive and might scare younger parts of the audience. Otherwise, a must-see!!!

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