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James and the Giant Peach
Adventures this big don't grow on trees.
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.
An animated masterpeach.
Based on the Roald Dahl story, Henry Selick's "James and the Giant Peach" is good looking, stop-motion, musical tale that follows young James on his journey across the Atlantic in a giant peach. The film has enough whimsy for younger audiences and enough dark corners for older audiences to enjoy.
What keeps "James and the Giant Peach" from being a film on par with other dark, stop-motion adventures of the Burton/Selick/Laika mold is a story that never fully engrosses. The narrative seems clipped and short; it never allows its audience to gain a foothold in it. The imagery of its animated characters and environs seems to be at a much higher premium than the film's story. It's style vs. substance, and, here, style wins out. Still, that style makes for a film that is worth seeing.
Part of my Scavenger Hunt #2 list. Task:
8. A Film featuring Claymation or Stop Motion
I'm determined to watch all of the movies on this list within this month, I'm wearing a wig (long non-tragic story), my boyfriend hangs out with 90year-old men handling bees and James and the Giant Peach felt like the perfect movie to watch. Like taking a deep breath before diving, because A Serbian Film is up next.
Unfortunately, I've never had the privilege to have read the works of Roald Dahl growing up. But I did grow up watching Czechoslovakian children programs with puppets, and us Swedes had a lot of strange things going on as well. A whole generation having childhood traumas due…
It had been at least a decade since I last saw this one. I found the live action parts incredibly abrasive, but that animation is glorious and has aged immensely well. The humor's still there as well.
James and the Giant Peach boasts remarkable stop-motion animation, but suffers from an unremarkable narrative and a forgettable soundtrack from the usually reliable Randy Newman.
Completely harmless, perfectly paced family fun. Much too overlooked and underrated.
Although 1st prize goes to Paul Terry for being the most goddamn irritating child actor in existence.
Shout out to that Jack Skellington easter egg during that underwater battle scene.
This movie creeped me out when I was little
An excellent adaptation of Roald Dahl's book.
their troubles, if they had any at all, were over in thirty five seconds flat
Easily consumed and quickly forgotten.
That worm is cool as fuck, though.
I think the greatness in this movie comes primarily from the team behind it. The film, pretty okay in its own right, had Harley Jessup as a production designer (worked at Pixar for a bit), Joe Ranft doing storyboards (one of the best storyboard artists the industry has ever seen, Pixar vet as well), Randy Newman doing the songs, and Selick (an animation god) directing. That's one hell of a group.
"You are a disgrace to your phylum, class, order, genus, and species!"
This was one of those big childhood memory-forming films for me. This is the first movie that I saw in theaters that I can remember having a lasting impression on me. I was only six years old, but I found myself thinking about the movie and characters for weeks after seeing it. It's not all that thought-provoking of a film for an adult, but certainly cerebrally-stimulating for a kid. I know that it's based on a book (which I have still yet to read), but wow is this an incredibly original concept. Who knew a story about oversized fruit could be so entertaining?
As a kid, that rhino…
I adore this film! I remember watching this many times on HBO.
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).
A list of films compiled from every response to "What Have You Been Watching" on r/TrueFilm in 2015.