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James and the Giant Peach (1996)

An orphan, who lives with his two cruel aunts, befriends anthropomorphic bugs who live inside a giant peach, and they embark on a journey to New York City.

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

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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Rated PG for some frightening images | See all certifications »

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12 April 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

James e o Pêssego Gigante  »

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Budget:

$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$28,934,758 (USA)
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1.66 : 1
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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 after Toy Story (1995) became a hit. Partridge eventually released demo versions of the four songs he composed for the film. See more »

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When they finally realize they can eat the peach, when Spider tosses her peach juice up and backward at Centipede, you can briefly see the wire the animators used to guide the splash. See more »

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The Grasshopper: He's committed pesticide!
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Crazy Credits

After the credits, there is some footage of a carnival game based on the story being played. See more »

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References Jaws (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Partita for Violin No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006: Gavotte en Rondeau
(uncredited)
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
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A Peach of a Picture
13 January 2005 | by (Pacific Northwest) – See all my reviews

James and the Giant Peach may not have the cult status of Nightmare Before Christmas, but, aside from mixing live-action bookends with the all-animated center of the film (not a great idea; should have been all-animation), it's a faithful and wonderful adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic dream-like story. The animation is superb, the voice talent wonderful (Susan Sarandon's sexy Eastern European Miss Spider takes the cake), and, as Time Magazine said, the film in many ways surpasses the book. Though there are flaws in the screen story by Karey Kirkpatrick, their effect on the overall emotional ride of the film is negligible. After seeing it again recently (first time in several years), I was amazed at what an incredibly beautiful film it is, beautiful colors and design and effects like teacup clouds and the cloud rhino. I especially loved the mechanical shark and the ships' arctic graveyard sequence where Centipede redeems himself by diving into the water to find a compass to get the peach back on course. Overall, a great film.


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