"Charming production of Roald Dahl's classic story."
It is fitting that Tim Burton's Skellington Studios would bring to life Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach. Dahl incorported the tragedies and triumphs of real life into his stories about children. Burton puts a stylistic tinge on another offering from his stop motion animation studio.If you are as big a fan of stop-motion animation as I am, you will want to add James and the Giant Peach to your collection.
Burton, known for his stop-motion work in The Nightmare Before Christmas and Vincent, brings back the charm of the medium with a new world of tools that Harry Hausen could only dream of.
Burtons Goth stylings live on in James and the Giant Peach through a Beatnik spider with a pale face and black hair as one of the main characters.
If you are not familiar with the story, James parents are killed by a rhinocerous. He goes to live with his two tyrannical aunts who are doing everything they can to make sure he has no childhood. James acquires some crocodile tongues that have magical properties. One of the tongues wriggles into the peach tree and produces a giant peach. James finds his way into the peach pit and it breaks off the tree, sending James and the talking, overgrown insects inside on the journey of a lifetime. James is rescued from his prison and he is able to not only have a childhood of playtime and imagination, but he also becomes admired by the friends he eventually makes after the aunts are no longer able to keep him enslaved. James and the Giant Peach is one part Cinderella, with a peach instead of a prince, and one part Hero's Journey. And they do live happily ever after.
Featuring the voices of Susan Sarandon, Joanna Lumley and Richard Dryfuss.Burton couldn't have picked a better story to showcase the talents of Skellington Studios. Roald Dahl's characteristically bleak stories with happy endings for the suffering children are a perfect match for Burton's brooding gothic sensibility and elaborately skewed aesthetics.