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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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Grasshopper (voice)
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Centipede (voice)
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Ladybug (voice)
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Spider (voice)
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Earthworm (voice)
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James' Father
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Girl with Telescope
Michael Girardin ...
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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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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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:

JPY 5,530,500 (Japan) (13 December 1996)

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

This took 12 years to reach the screen. Roald Dahl himself was convinced that the property would never make a viable film. See more »

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The Grasshopper addresses James at one point as "Sir James". This is an incorrect term of address for him. The polite way to address him in the time this film is set would have been "Master James". See more »

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James: We'll always be together, right?
Centipede: Kid, you're stuck with us, for life.
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Written by Randy Newman
Performed by Simon Callow (uncredited), Richard Dreyfuss (uncredited), Jane Leeves (uncredited), Susan Sarandon (uncredited), David Thewlis (uncredited), Miriam Margolyes (uncredited), and Paul Terry (uncredited)
Additional vocals by Jeff Bennett
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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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