JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH

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Release Date: April 12, 1996

Starring: Simon Callow, Richard
Dreyfuss, Jane Leeves, Joanna
Lumley, & Miriam Margolyes

Genre: Fantasy

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Rating: PG

Runtime: 80 minutes

Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures

Director: Henry Selick

Executive Producer: Jake Eberts

Producer: Denise Di Novi & Tim Burton

Writer: Karey Kirkpatrick, Jonathan
Roberts & Steve Bloom BASED ON
THE NOVEL BY: Roald Dahl

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Content:

(B, NA, L, V, D) Moral worldview of friendship combined with ontological nominalism; grasshopper calls centipede an "ass" & one "good G*d Almighty"; mild action violence including scary mean aunts, falling down stairs, falling down mountain inside of peach, shark attacks peach, shark explodes, stampeding rhinoceros, skeletons attack, & spider spins humans in web; and, smoking

Summary:

JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH uses stop-motion animation, live-action and computer animation for a seamless mix of pure fantasy. It tells the story of James who escapes from his wicked aunts and travels to New York City inside a giant peach with a group of insect friends. Using a magical premise and including many scary scenes, it is a moral tale, but watch out for the magical pits.

Review:

From the creators of THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, comes Disney's JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH. Using stop-motion animation, live-action and computer animation for a seamless mix of pure fantasy, it is a faithful adaptation of the novel by Roald Dahl. The movie starts out with James on an English beach with his parents, where they dream of going to New York City. Suddenly, a rhinoceros-shaped storm cloud charges out destroying his parents. James goes to live with his two mean aunts, Spiker and Sponge. One day, an old man offers James a bag of magic crocodile tongues saying they make his dreams come true. James, excited, trips under a peach tree, spills the bag and it begins to grow an enormous peach. James crawls inside of it one day and discovers a group of human-sized insects. James and his new friends battle storms, sharks, skeletons, and more as they make their way to New York City.

Technically brilliant, the movie may put some people off by many scary scenes and images. JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH is a fairy tale and uses a great deal of magic to create supernatural realities. All good things stem from the grace of God, not willpower or magic. It is an excellent movie with edge-of-your-seat entertainment. It is visually juicy and sweet, but watch out for the magical pits.

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