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James and the Giant Peach
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by Thom

"Charming production of Roald Dahl's classic story."
4 stars

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.

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originally posted: 12/09/99 20:48:35
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User Comments

1/29/10 PAUL SHORTT DELIGHTFUL ADAPTATION WITH WIT AND IMAGINATION 4 stars
1/10/09 Anonymous. one of my favorite kid's movies. :] 5 stars
6/28/08 John Millheim Cute Movie, the kids loved it 4 stars
1/28/08 Pamela White excellent adaptation 4 stars
7/27/05 lee shuning excellent 5 stars
7/24/05 C Vega good but not the best roald dahl adaptation out there 3 stars
5/13/04 Sean Scanlan So-so 3 stars
3/27/04 Nicole LOL! This movie is soo cute..I love this movie! 5 stars
12/16/03 Charles Tatum Hey, kids, get the crap scared out of you! 2 stars
12/13/03 Cotter Burton is a genius 4 stars
10/04/03 mitchell breakho bitchslap 1 stars
10/23/02 palaboy101 something is definitely creepy about this movie 5 stars
7/28/01 Henry Ginsberg I never knew insects could talk underwater . 2 stars
6/12/01 Gizzy Read the book instead 2 stars
4/13/01 Andrew Carden Extremly well done adaption of the Roald Dahl novel. Great clay-animation. 4 stars
3/11/01 mad hatter Nice attempt to translate the book. 4 stars
11/25/00 The Evil Penguin the animation saves the film. the grasshopper sounds so gay. 3 stars
10/29/98 Silent Rob Perhaps kids would dig it. I myself found it hard to stay focused. 3 stars
9/15/98 MikeF eh. the book was better. I guess it's good for kids. 3 stars
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  12-Apr-1996 (PG)
  DVD: 03-Oct-2003

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