I didn't grow up on good films. I just grew up on crap, Hollywood films. My parents failed to add…
James and the Giant Peach
Adventures this big don't grow on trees.
When the young orphan boy James spills a magic bag of crocodile tongues, he finds himself in possession of a giant peach that flies him away to strange lands.
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.
I think if I had seen James and the Giant Peach as a kid, I probably would have given this a much higher rating that it's given. Because viewing this with adult eyes, this is one trippy, messed up movie that's hard to comprehend.
Seriously, I have no clue what the living heck I just watched. Some unexplained demon rhino can eat parents for no apparent reason, creepy lesbian aunts abusing a little boy simply wanting to have fun, Pete Postelwaite possibly being a weird pedophile stalking this little boy's life, a giant peach growing out of magic crocodile tongues, James managing to go inside the peach and turning into a claymated human, insects that can talk and sing bland…
Damn, this film is way more sinister than I remember it being. I guess as a kid you're paying more attention to the giant earthworm rather than the child being beaten and starved. Anyway, combine the ideas of Roald Dahl and Tim Burton and you end up with some pure magic.
The set design is creepy and wondrous; Burton's typical Halloween Crooked House aesthetic toned down, although Jack Skellington does make a cameo! They kept all the weird book stuff in. Any movie that nonchalantly mentions a boy's parents being eaten by a rhino and then moves right ahead is probably going to be good. Aunt Spiker and Sponge are brought to life perfectly by Joanna Lumley and Miriam Margolyes.…
A near perfect film in every way. Simply wonderful.
Really loved the visual style but somehow the characters felt a bit shallow and the music just wasn't that good. Missed chance.
Even as a kid I remember not liking this film very much. The tone just felt inconsistent right down to the plot line involving the aunts and the Rhino and I am not saying a kids film shouldn't have dark undertones but even after the film was over I remember having nightmares about it and I am not sure if that was the filmmakers intention. Aside from good stop motion animation and some good music the story just felt very random and things just happen that are never explained nor brought up again and it feels like the filmmakers where just filling for time in some sequences. The supporting characters where very forgettable and the musical numbers felt out of…
Ya me cansan un poco las historias de niños desdichados que, por arte de magia, emprenden un viaje a la felicidad. Sobre todo me cansa si la meta simbólica de esa felicidad es la ciudad de Nueva York.
Lo de los muñequitos y eso pues sí, son chulos.
Wonderfully bizarre. The stop motion animation allows Henry Selick to go all out with the visuals, giving the movie at times an adventure movie slickness and, at other times, a more macabre feel. But it's the image of the eponymous peach that stuck with me from my childhood - pure escapism.
Also, nice to see some jokes which went totally over my head as a kid - well, I'm going to assume "What's your longitude?" "Hey, that's personal, bud" is a knob gag, whether it's meant as one or not.
Les séquences d'animation demeurent le meilleur du film, le restant avec acteurs étant pas mal trop agaçant avec des performances poussées à l'extrême. Ça fonctionne parfois dans certains projets, mais ici c'est simplement grotesque et peu enthousiasmant. Trop, c'est comme pas assez. Et ça me refroidit dans ce cas-ci alors ne reste que les séquences en stop-motion qui sont agréables sans conquir complètement.
"And since James' visitors begged him again and again to hear the story of his adventure with the giant peach, he wished for a way to share it with everyone.
"And that... is exactly what you have just seen."
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).