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James and the Giant Peach Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

A young boy's discovery of a gigantic peach triggers an eventful journey across the sea in this strikingly designed and surprisingly twisted animated adventure. A live-action framing device establishes the dark yet fanciful mood one might expect from an adaptation of a Roald Dahl story, as young British lad James (Paul Terry) is orphaned by the death of his parents and forced to live with two cruel, repulsive aunts (played by noted British character actors Miriam Margolyes and Joanna Lumley of British TV hit Joanna Lumley). The visit of a mysterious stranger provides a means of escape, however, through a magic bag of "crocodile tongues" that bring about the appearance of the giant peach. The curious James soon winds up inside the fruit, at which point his body changes, and the film switches to a combination of stop-motion and digital animation. The new James meets up with a group of talking, oversized insects, including a vampish spider (voiced by Susan Sarandon), a sarcastic centipede (voiced by Richard Dreyfuss), and a matronly ladybug (voiced by Jane Leeves). These creatures become his traveling companions when the peach rolls into the Atlantic Ocean, and James and his new friends must brave a variety of dangers to reach the shore. Director Henry Selick provides further proof of the visual skill he demonstrated in Henry Selick, creating a fascinating, often eerie alternate universe, while Randy Newman provides the upbeat musical accompaniment. Young children may be disturbed by the story's creepier overtones, but the mixture of remarkable visuals, oddball characters, and off-kilter fantasy will appeal to all other audiences. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

  • Release date:April 12, 1996

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Randy Newman Best Musical or Comedy Score 1996 Nominee

Cast

Joanna Lumley
as Aunt Spiker
Simon Callow
as Grasshopper
Richard Dreyfuss
as Centipede
Jane Leeves
as Ladybug
Pete Postlethwaite
as Old Man
Paul Terry
as James
Miriam Margolyes
as Aunt Sponge/Glowworm
Susan Sarandon
as Spider
David Thewlis
as Earthworm
Vanessa Redgrave
Guy Witcher
Steven Culp
as James' Father
Tony Haney
as Reporter #3
Al Nalbandian
as Cabby
Mike Starr
as Beat Cop
Michael Girardin
as Reporter
Chae Kirby
as Newsboy
Susan Turner-Cray
as James' Mother
Mario Yedidia
as Street Kid
Susan Turner-Cray
as James' Mother
Mario Yedidia
as Street Kid
Mike Starr
as Beat Cop
Chae Kirby
as Newsboy
Tony Haney
as Reporter #3
Steven Culp
as James' Father
Michael Girardin
as Reporter
Al Nalbandian
as Cabby

Crew

Henry Selick
Director
Denise Di Novi
Producer
Tim Burton
Producer
Jonathan Roberts
Screenwriter
Roald Dahl
Book Author
Karey Kirkpatrick
Screenwriter
Steven L. Bloom
Screenwriter
Hiro Narita
Cinematographer
Pete Kozachik
Cinematographer
Randy Newman
Songwriter
Randy Newman
Composer (Music Score)
Stan Webb
Editor
Harley Jessup
Production Designer
Blake Russell
Art Director
Brian Rosen
Co-producer
Henry Selick
Co-producer
Denise Di Novi
Executive Producer
Jake Eberts
Executive Producer
Julie Slinger
Costume Designer
Agamemnon Andrianos
Sound/Sound Designer
John Hubbard
Casting
Brian Chavanne
Casting
Ros Hubbard
Casting
Robin Gurland
Casting
Pete Kozachik
Special Effects Supervisor
Richard Snell
Makeup
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