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James & the Giant Peach (1996). "You, sir, are an ass!"

Everybody hop aboard the fruit boat. This week we tackle the classic childhood story James & the Giant Peach told through the lens of wackadoodle animation. Where do we get a peach that large? Can we eat some peaches now? Also why are there giant metal sharks? All these questions and more will be answered!


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 to get to New York

Directors: Henry Selick

Writers: Jonathan Roberts, Karey Kirkpatrick & Roald Dahl(based on the book by)

Stars: Paul Terry, Joanna Lumpley, Pete Postlehwaite, Simon Callow, Richard Dreyfuss and Susan Sarandon

Awards: Oscar Nominee : Best Music.

Film Budget: $38,000,000

Gross Worldwide: $28,946,127


We really did not enjoy many of these songs. Nothing too memorable to write home about.


Marvellous Things Will Happen - When You Read These Fun Facts

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

  2. According to the newspapers at the end, the movie takes place in 1949.

  3. An evil storm cloud rhino is an antagonistic force in James' life. In several shots, the evil aunts' car can be seen with a Rhinoceros hood ornament.

  4. The "happy" tune the Grasshopper plays for James is Johann Sebastian Bach's Partita for Violin Solo No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006: 3rd movement, Gavotte en rondeau.

  5. The movie was filmed on 22 different soundstages.


If you want to have some cravings for peaches check out the film here on Disney+

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