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James and the Giant Peach (1996)

An orphan, who lives with his two cruel aunts, befriends human-like 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:
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)


$28,934,758 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


After James looks at the map and figures out that they are going to New York City, the Centipede spins his Cigar in reaction. Two filament lines attached to the Cigar that were used to suspend it are clearly visible. See more »


Aunt Sponge: We sent you out here to kill a spider!
Aunt Spiker: Not to laze about.
James: I wasn't lazing about, I tripped.
Aunt Sponge: How dare you disagree with us!
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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 »


Partita for Violin No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006: Gavotte en Rondeau
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
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I was surprised that people thought this film was average, or so-so. I found it to me a movie that was so much fun to watch.

Starts out live-action, than it seagues into stop-motion animation. Some of the scenes are very memorable (the pirate attack) and the voices are delightful. Not as good as Nightmare Before Christmas, but every bit as imaginative.

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